ENT Bowling Green was the first to perform cochlear implants for patients with profound hearing loss in the Bowling Green area. Cochlear implants are different from hearing aids in that there is an electrode surgically inserted into the inner ear, or cochlea. The electrode connects to a processor which is implanted behind the ear and attached to a special hearing aid. This replaces the function of damaged sensory hair cells in the inner ear and mimics natural hearing, including being able to understand speech in a noisy room.
After surgery, patients undergo a rehabilitation process, guided by an Audiologist, where they learn how to use the implant and their brain learns how to get meaningful benefit from the sound it receives. The procedure is so life-changing, many patients find that they can even talk on the phone again.