Alison also performed the surgical testing of the device, "Its my role to measure the response of the patients nerves to the device electrodes", Alison said. "There are 22 electrodes in the device and when I stimulate the nerve via each individual electrode, I can confirm that the electrodes are in place and working".
Alison also performs the switch on and mapping of the device about 2 weeks after the surgery. "For patients its really important to feel comfortable and confident that everything is working." "I map out each individual electrode with the patient, when I switch the device on, patients are usually surprised that they can hear!"
Most patients are sick of being on the fringe of conversations, they want to participate in conversations and hear with ease. The cochlear implant allows people who are unable to perform with hearing aids to access better clarity and confidence.
At the Jervis Bay Hearing Centre, we run discovery days where people can find out more about cochlear implants and find out whether they are suitable or not. For more information contact us on 44418886.