Our Cochlear Implant Services
The implant’s development occurred in several phases. The first phase of pioneering and experimentation began in 1957. The second phase entailed feasibility studies that started in 1970. These studies were conducted to determine whether the implant is safely stimulated and that the auditory part elicited useful hearing. The third phase entailed a subsequent development of a commercially available multi-electrode cochlear implant that would benefit the deaf patient.
Clinical experience has shown a large variability in the outcome among implant users. A successful clinical outcome reflects the importance of auditory experience either before an acquired hearing loss or with the use of a cochlear implant. Children with little or no prior auditory experience can obtain significant benefit from a cochlear implant provided the device is fitted at a young age and preferably before three years.
The route to follow should someone feel that they qualify for a possible cochlear implant is as follows:
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The surgery takes approximately three hours to perform. Most patients can be discharged on the same day. In our practice however, we prefer to keep them overnight.
Although it is technically a very difficult operation, from the patient’s point of view, it is a relatively non-invasive procedure and not very painful afterwards.
For any further information, please contact the practice of Dr. Deon Rossouw at firstname.lastname@example.org.