Cochlear Implants

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Risks of Cochlear Implants in Children

As there are many benefits in having cochlear implants, there are also risks. According to

the University of Maryland Medical Center (2014), the surgery can be the prime contributor from

which mini risks overflow. A few risks that follow after surgery will vary from person to person.

There may be complications with the facial nerves in which the patient will lack movement in

face structures. The patients may experience fatigue and possible internal bleeding. Other risks

may occur in response to the procedure (University of Maryland Medical Center, 2014). The

surgery is a delicate procedure. Patients may even reject the implantation due to complications or

a sense of weakness in the body. …show more content…

The release of liquid from

the spinal cord is also present. There is also a possible chance of there being residual hearing

loss. According to Sensorymedic (2013), when getting a cochlear implant, it is surgically placed

in the cochlea. During this process it is possible for complication to occur during surgery but not

in all cases. Once the device is in the cochlea, a little bit of hearing is lost. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (2014), knowing the brain

is surrounded by fluid, surgeons find the surgical procedure to be challenging,especially when

done on a child whose brain suture and the surrounding areas are sensitive. The child can

develop what is called to be a cerebrospinal fluid leakage. The liquid from the brain leaks

through a tiny hole that is formed in an area in the inner ear. Similar to the brain, the cochlea also

contains a large amount of fluid. During the surgical procedure there can be a possibility of the

inner ear leaking through a microscopic hole that was formed during the

surgery. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (2014), several more …show more content…

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (2014), during or after the

surgery, numbness can occur around the ear. The patient will begin to loose feeling in their ears.

Reparative granuloma is another risk that can occur. It is the outcome of the area surrounding the

placement of the cochlear implant becoming inflamed. Not only will the upper portion of the

body such as the brain and ears be effected, but there will be some disturbances in the individuals

taste. The taste buds of the middle ear will be effected due to the injury of the tongue’s sensation

of taste which eventually works its way up to the middle ear. According to the Department of

United States Food and Drug Administration (2014), there may be other risks that can be unseen

and other risks associated with the device as well. A few other risks include hearing sounds

differently. Those with normal hearing conduct good impressions on sounds they hear. Whereas

those with a hearing loss and a cochlear implant have difficulty associating a sound with an object. Although cochlear implants are meant to enhance the individuals’ hearing, it will

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