posted on Oct, 1 2011 @ 01:31 PM
reply to post by EmilNomel
The tech is actually quite amazing. Heres how the whole process works:
-First you select the ear you want....they will be destroying everything on the way in so theres no going back.
-Then, on the side you chose, they will carve out a little "bed" for a receiver with a magnet and two electrodes that will be laid out on the skull
(for hearing the reverberation of sound in your skull).
-After the bed is laid, the inner ear electrodes are threaded through a hole in the skull to the inner ear. The threading destroys the little hairs
in the ear which in my mothers case were deformed and gone already.
-After everything is threaded, they sew you back up and you can actually go home that same night if there are no complications.
Once you are healed you go back I think after a month and they turn you on. There is an outside piece which is magnetized and sticks to the implant
in the little "bed" on your skull. That is the only part you see, and can be easily covered up with a woman's hair. The magnet is very strong so
it will stick easily. They will then tune the device for the specific person. Everyone hears differently, and after being deaf for awhile, it
normally needs to be adjusted every 3 months for a new patient until they get used to all the noises again.
Theres a big difference between hearing with the thousands of tiny hairs in your ear and the 24 electrodes converting that same sound. And learning
to filter every single sound is difficult. You can hear EVERYthing near by....curtains rustling, the fan going, a dog scratching......its very
overwhelming at first. TV is very difficult for most and my mom still uses captions lol. Phone is the ultimate and the most difficult thing to learn
again. For sake of ease me and mom still use ms messenger lol.
Here in canada we were lucky to get this for free. It is a very very expensive device and if it was in the states it would of cost her $60 000.00.
The only thing she pays for are batteries which is great.
Oh and for the emotion, very normal....I cried and laughed the first time they turned hers on too. Well my mom was actually in a bit of shock, I did
the crying lol.
Thats a basic diagram of an implant in an internal and external view. Note with newer updated models the sound processor fits behind your ear like a
bluetooth and it is all controlled via remote.