Cochlear implant recipients are unable to undergo certain medical procedures, should the need for these occur at some later date. These include:
Children with cochlear implants have a higher risk of contracting the type of meningitis caused by Streptococcus pneumonia (pneumococcus) than children who do not have cochlear implants. Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend:
For additional information about these vaccinations:
There is a chance of a problem occurring with the internal portion of the cochlear implant system after it is implanted. However, based on reports from the current cochlear implant manufacturers, this is a rather rare occurrence. The Cumulative Survival Rate (CSR) of internal devices is greater than 99% after 1 year and more than 98% after 5 years.
If a problem with the internal component should occur:
Static electricity can potentially damage the electrical components of the implant system or erase programs saved to the speech processor.
To prevent static electricity from affecting the speech processor:
Your audiologist may offer other suggestions to protect your child's speech processor from static electricity.
Children with cochlear implants can participate in all common childhood activities. The implanted portion of the cochlear implant system is unaffected by running, swimming, or any normal activity. Precautions that are recommended to protect the device from trauma and damage include:
Remove the processor when swimming or engaging in other activities where the external parts could get wet. However, there are water-resistant speech processors, and one manufacturer has a processor that is "swimmable" and can be worn in the bath, swimming pool, lake, or ocean.