Pigeons can hear thanks to implantable hearing aids

Pigeons can hear thanks to implantable hearing aids

Hearing thanks to implant - Modern hearing aids can be used in many different ways
Which patients can benefit from an implantable hearing aid has changed significantly in recent years. At a specialist conference at the University Hospital Jena under the scientific direction of Professor Dr. Sven Koscielny, Deputy Director of the Clinic for Otolaryngology, Jena, experts report on the new possibilities of the implants.

Basically, two different forms of implantable hearing aids are available today, the so-called cochlear implants and the implantable middle ear or bone hearing aids. Professor Koscielny explains when and for whom the different implantable hearing aids make sense. It becomes clear that there have been some new options here in recent years.

Implants can significantly improve hearing
According to Prof. Koscielny, the so-called cochlear implant (CI) can be used for patients who are "deaf on one or both sides." excites the auditory nerve. "After a rehabilitation phase, patients can use it to understand words and music," the expert reports of the success of the treatment. Implantable middle ear or bone hearing aids, on the other hand, are intended for patients with hearing loss in the middle ear (due to a disturbance in the function of the ossicles) or with a restriction of the inner ear function. Here, too, the hearing can be significantly improved by the implants.

Implants can also be used for one-sided deafness
While the CI was initially only intended for patients with bilateral deafness, patients with unilateral deafness have also been able to benefit from this for several years. According to the expert, this development is relatively new and "only five years ago, patients had to cope with the consequences of their one-sided deafness in everyday life - not only with poor hearing, but also with a lack of directional hearing," emphasizes Prof. Koscielny. Since then I have developed the technology enormously. "With the new implants, we can now provide deaf patients, but also people with various forms of inner and middle ear deafness with a hearing implant, and thus significantly improve participation in daily life for these patients," explains Prof. Dr. Sven Koscielny. (fp)

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