Post Surgery

Hi there! It has been 3 weeks since the surgery so here is a little update! We removed the bandage a couple of days after coming home and this is how the incision behind the ear looked then. I was actually surprised by how less hair had been shaved off for the procedure!

 

The surgical wound of a cochlear implant

 

A slight bulge can be felt on the head a little above the incision, that is the internal magnet. We did not wash his head for the first few days but after that things were pretty much back to normal. We stayed at home for the most part however.

Here is a picture of the device which has been surgically inserted now.

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Cochlear Implant. (Image Courtesy : Advanced Bionics)

Inside his head, it rests as below. The circular magnet is just beneath the skull and the electrode arrays are nested inside the cochlea like a spiral. The external piece can also be seen.

 

Cochlear implant internal piece
Cochlear implant inside the head. (Image courtesy: Cochlear.com)

Check out this video about how an implant works- truly amazing!!

Video: How a cochlear implant works

There are 3 major manufacturers of cochlear implant devices – Advanced Bionics, Cochlear and MED-El. I was reading a little bit about the history of ‘Cochlear’ (based in Australia) and it was just so fascinating! The inventor embarked upon a journey of “finding a cure for deafness” when he saw his father struggling with a sudden onset of hearing loss in his forties. He pursued medicine, specialized in ENT surgery and studied speech science from the UK to make possible his dream of finding a cure. After a decade of learning and experimentations, finally in 1978, the first cochlear implant surgery was performed in Australia thereby creating history! Thanks to the vision and dedication of this remarkable person, ‘Dr. Graeme Clark’, today more than 300,000 people have received the priceless gift of hearing!

 

4 Comments

  1. Antony T L said:

    Very informative mechanical system and it is so amazing to watch

    July 21, 2016
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    • Diya Loveson said:

      Thank you for reading, Daddy. We are hoping it will work wonders as well!

      August 10, 2016
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  2. Antony T L said:

    It is amazing to watch the cochlear implant system and its working so nice

    July 21, 2016
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  3. Reena said:

    diya u r doing a great job in writing the blog. u spend a lot of time & energy for this Anyway u r doing it so that it gives u much relief & a lot of people r benifitting from that. I am sure u r capable of this & u r doing much research in writing each blog May god almighty bless u abundantly & give u all strength & courage to face the situations

    August 10, 2016
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