What is a Cochlear Implant? 
It is an implant that helps a patient with moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss, to get a sense of sounds.

What is Cochlear Implantation?
A procedure to surgically insert the device electrodes into the inner ear (cochlea) of the patient.

Why does my doctor recommend Cochlear Implantation? 
Your doctor, as well as your audiologist, may offer the procedure in case of moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss.

How is Cochlear Implantation procedure done?
It is done under general anaesthesia through an external cut behind the ear. The device can be felt under the skin, and that is where the external part of the device will be attached later by the audiologists. The operation normally takes around 2 to 3 hours and requires a hospital stay for about 1 to 2 days.

Possible Complications:
Bleeding, Pain, Infection, Dizziness, Facial weakness (less than 1%), Device failure, Device extrusion/ displacement, Injury to the tympanic membrane and ossicles, Meningitis and brain abscess, Taste disturbance.

What to expect after your surgery?
  • Eat and drink normally 
  • You will have a pressure bandage around your head (ear), which the doctor may remove after 24-48 hours
  • You might feel minimal dizziness in the first 24-48hours 
  • You may notice fullness and fluid sensation in the ear 
  • The hearing will be difficult in the operated ear, till the external device is connected and activated
  • Your doctor will discuss with you the time and process of device adjustment
  • A written card with your appointments will be given before you go home

Home Advice:
  • Avoid water going to the operated ear (block the operated ear with a cotton piece soaked in oil or Vaseline)
  • Avoid direct trauma to the operated ear 
  • When sneezing or coughing, keep the mouth open
  • Avoid any exposure to allergens/strong smells or dust etc (that may cause you to sneeze) 
  • Avoid lifting heavy weights and heavy exercise for a duration of at least 6 weeks
  • Avoid straining (in case of recurrent sneezing, cough or constipation, visit your primary health centre for medication)
  • You can drive normally unless you feel dizzy and unsteady 
  • Take medications as directed
When to visit Emergency: (Hamad General Hospital)
  • Active bleeding from the operation site 
  • Severe dizziness
  • Facial asymmetry 
  • Swelling at the site of surgery 
  • Change in skin colour at the site of surgery