April - posted on 10/09/2010 ( 49 moms have responded )
If you were deaf, would you get a cochlear implant? if your children were deaf, would you get one for them? Would you do it while your children were young or would you wait until they were old enough to decide for themselves whether or not they wanted the surgery?
For those of you who are wondering what the heck a cochlear implant is: It's like a bionic ear... it is defined as a surgically implanted electronic device and it's placed near your brain.
How does a Cochlear Implant work?
A cochlear implant is very different from a hearing aid. Hearing aids amplify sounds so they may be detected by damaged ears. Cochlear implants bypass damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve.
Hearing through a Cochlear Implant
Hearing through a cochlear implant is different from normal hearing and takes time to learn or relearn. However, it allows many people to recognize warning signals, understand other sounds in the environment, and enjoy a conversation in person or by telephone.
Now that you know more...what would you want to do if it were you or your children?