Sound connects us to our environment, whether it is environmental sounds, social interaction,
communication or attending a concert. Only once we lose this sense, do we fully appreciate our
dependency on hearing. If you / your child /family member struggles to communicate or hear
properly, or that hearing aids do not give adequate amplification, you might be a candidate for an
implantable device or a cochlear implant
Do you or your family struggle with hearing loss or deafness?
Does it feel like your hearing aids are not giving you adequate
amplification of sound? Do you have deafness in the family? A
cochlear implant might be the answer for you.
Cochlear implants are electronic hearing devices that restore
hearing in the hearing impaired person, although not in the
classical way. The hearing nerve is stimulated electrically instead
of the normal acoustic stimulation of the hair cells in the
cochlea, which are damaged. It is the treatment of choice for
severe to profound hearing loss.
People that are possible candidates:
Acquired deafness in children and adults
Single sided deafness
Progressive hearing loss where conventional hearing aids do not give sufficient amplification
The comprehensive assessment is aimed at determining whether
or not an individual is a suitable candidate for a cochlear implant.
The assessment involves consultations with a multi-disciplinary
team and consists of the following:
Consultation by an Ear- Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist
Assessment by an audiologist
MRI & CT scans
Speech & Language Assessment (children)
Communication Assessment (Adults)
Consultation with a psychologist
Other investigations might be indicated by the team
On completion of the assessment process, a decision will be made
by the PCIU ( Pretoria Cochlear Implant Unit ) team, as well as with the individual, on whether or not to continue with the cochlear implant.
We’ve got all the expertise you need. Make a booking today.
Dr Anton Smit is a specialist ENT
surgeon with extensive experience, a passion for the latest medical science and technology and heart for young patients and families. He practices from Midstream Mediclinic in Gauteng, South Africa.