Before you can finally hear again, you need to be patient and wait for some time until the audio processor can be activated. Here are the top tips and explanation what to expect while you are recovering from cochlear implant surgery.
Cochlear implantation is a routine surgery and the recovery process isn´t complicated. However, it will take some time until the wound heals and you can wear the audio processor.
While you are still at the hospital, please inform the hospital staff that takes care after you that you cannot hear in the period after the surgery, as this will make the communication between you easier.
After the surgery, the site of incision will be protected for some time. It may be swollen for a few days, but the symptoms after the surgery should not be strong or last long. Some older patients might feel slight dizziness as the surgery takes place near the organs of balance. Still, you should inform the doctor in case you feel these symptoms longer.
How to take care of yourself after the implantation?
- Follow the instructions of your doctor and regularly take any medicines required (painkillers, antibiotics etc.)
- Avoid washing your hair, until the stiches are removed (usually one week after the surgery)
- Rest and take care of yourself after the surgery, while you are preparing for activation of your CI
The cochlear implant activation – first fitting
The first fitting when the implant is activated is an exciting day for all patients. Finally, you get the audio processor and your cochlear implant will start working. This takes places after the stiches are removed, at the earliest after 10th day and at the latest four weeks after the surgery. Before that, you will not be able to hear. During the first fitting, your audio processor will be switched on and programmed, after which you can start perceiving sounds and hearing.