Cochlear Implants: General Information
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that provides partial hearing to patients with severe to profound, bilateral hearing loss. The implant is surgically implanted in the inner ear and activated by a device worn outside the ear. Unlike hearing aids, the implant does not make sound louder or clearer. Instead, cochlear implants bypass damaged parts of the inner ear and send electrical 'sound' signals directly to the hearing nerve. These sound signals allow individuals who are severe to profoundly hearing impaired receive sound.
Candidates for a cochlear implant must be at least two
years old and receive little or no benefit from a hearing aid (for more information see "Who is a Candidate"). Patients
who had hearing and lost it, or those who never heard may be considered
for a cochlear implant.
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