Cochlear implant operation UK first

Cochlear implant operation UK first – Yahoo! News UK.

The UK’s first operation to fit a single cochlear implant to radically improve the hearing of a severely deaf woman has taken place.

The procedure to implant the electronic device and make it possible for the woman, from the Isle of Wight, to hear sound in both ears was undertaken at Southampton General Hospital.

One wire went into one inner ear and the other under her scalp from the single implant into her other ear.

Fine tuning is needed over the coming week to see if the four-hour operation was a complete success, but it should give the 44-year-old woman much improved bilateral hearing.

Usually adults only have an implant fitted in one ear which leads to problems in noisy situations or finding where the sound is coming from.

The Royal National Institute for Deaf people (RNID) welcomed the news of the operation.

Audiology specialist for the charity, Crystal Rolfe, said: “There is evidence to show that hearing in both ears helps more than in one ear. As this device is a lower cost than having two implants, it may mean that more adults can receive bilateral implants.

“As this is the first operation of this kind in the UK we look forward to seeing the outcomes and more research into the benefits of these devices.”

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that can help both adults and children who have a severe to profound hearing loss.

It has two parts: an internal receiver/stimulator package and electrode array, and an external speech processor that looks like a hearing aid. The device uses small electrical currents to directly stimulate the hearing nerve, which then sends signals to the brain where they are interpreted as sound.

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