What is a Cochlear Implant?

A cochlear implant is a medical device that can partially restore hearing.

A cochlear implant works by directly stimulating the auditory nerve to deliver a sense of sound.

Cochlear implants work by processing sound signals and transmitting them to a receiver that is implanted behind the ear. The receiver will then transfer the signals to electrodes that are implanted in the inner ear. These signals stimulate the auditory nerve, which directs the signals to the brain. The brain will translate the signals as sounds to help you hear.

Although cochlear implants can help patients hear better, they do not restore hearing or cure hearing loss.

Who is a candidate for a cochlear implant?

Cochlear implants are most effective for patients who have:

Severe hearing loss due to inner ear damage that interrupts spoken communication.
Not experienced improvement with specialized hearing aids.
No other medical conditions that increase risks associated with the implant.
You must also be willing to participate in rehabilitation to help you hear better with the cochlear implant.

What are advantages of cochlear implants?

Advantages of having a cochlear implant include:

  • Hearing speech at a normal sound level
  • Understanding speech without having to read lips
  • Being able to hear someone talk on the phone
  • Hearing music better
  • Distinguishing different levels of sound
  • Being able to speak more clearly so others understand you
  • Recognize sounds in the environment
  • Determine where sounds are originating
  • Listen in a noisy environment

Surgery to implant a cochlear implant is generally safe, yet complications can occur.

Cochlear implant surgery can be performed under general anesthesia in a hospital.

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