Also known as ENT (ear, nose, and throat) is the branch of medicine and surgery that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the head and neck. Nearly 50% of all office visits pertain to the ear, nose, and throat.
The sub-branches of Otolaryngology are Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Head and neck oncology, Otology and neuro-otology, Rhinology, Pediatrics and Laryngology.
A cochlear implant (CI) is a small, complex electronic device, which issurgically implanted and provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.
In certain patients, cochlear implants can enable sufficient hearing for better understanding of speech and appreciation of environmental sounds.
Although different companies make different implants, newer devices and processing-strategies allow recipients to hear better in noise, enjoy music, and even use their implant processors while swimming.