Unlike traditional hearing aids, which electronically amplify sounds for those who cannot hear well, cochlear ear implants provide functional hearing for people who are either hard of hearing or totally deaf. The technology used stimulates the cochlea, which is the organ that translates sounds made against the ear drum to electrical signals the auditory nerve sends to the brain for processing. Cochlear ear implants have steadily improved since they were first developed in the 1950s when scientists began experimenting with sending electrical signals directly into people’s auditory nerves. Now, the devices are small and can be implanted just beneath the skin.
Not all cochlear ear implants work properly, and some might malfunction due to either manufacturing defects or defective designs. On three occasions, manufacturers have recalled their products because defective safety seals failed to prevent moisture from damaging the devices and short-circuiting them. Symptoms of cochlear ear implant malfunction include:
- Severe pain;
- Electric shocks; and
- Painfully loud noises.
If you have received a cochlear implant and are experiencing problems contact the attorneys at The Law Office of Jack Stuart Beige & Associates, P.C. and learn about your options.