My mother was approved through her insurance for cochlear implants, but she decided against it because she didn’t want to destroy what hearing she has, which isn’t much. Could she be a candidate for something else that would not completely destroy her hearing? She is hoping for maybe something else like stem cell advances. Is there any hope for her she is 76.
Your mother’s question is quite common. It is a bit misunderstood that hearing is “destroyed” from cochlear implantation. We always aim to preserve residual hearing during surgery, but it really is of little benefit. While it is true that standard hearing aids will not benefit her after implantation, the implant will give her far more benefit than her hearing aids do.
In other words, nobody ever complains about this after the implant. Any worries quickly vanish once the implant is activated.
Thank you for your question
Neil Sperling MD
New York Otolaryngology group