What are the treatment options for post-lingual deafness?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The most successful treatment options for post-lingual deafness are a combination of cochlear implants, speech reading, and sign language. Those affected by post-lingual deafness are usually not candidates for hearing aids.

A cochlear implant is not a hearing aid; rather, it is a surgically-implanted electrode that simulates the job of the cochlea. The implant is comprised of three components: a microphone, a speech processor, and a transmitter. The microphone picks the sound up, while the processor arranges the sounds and sends a signal to the transmitter that that converts the signal into electrical impulses. The impulses are collected in the electrode and sent to the brain. Cochlear implants help with speech recognition and make it possible to hear common sounds, such as a police siren.

With a cochlear implant in place to pick up sounds, people with post-lingual deafness can use speech reading, also known as lip reading, to communicate with others. Learning sign language, also referred to as American Sign Language (ASL), makes it easier to communicate and associate new words with the sounds that are heard through the cochlear implant.

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