Cochlear implants are small electronic devices that help people hear sounds. They are for people who have little or no natural ability to hear.
What You Need to Know
- A cochlear implant has two parts: one worn outside the ear and one that is surgically implanted under the skin behind the ear.
- Cochlear implants use electrodes that extend into the cochlea, a part of the inner ear, to stimulate the nerves that help with hearing.
- Cochlear implants are not a type of hearing aid, but a way for people with total or near total hearing loss to understand speech and sounds.
- After getting a cochlear implant, patients must undergo activation, programming and extensive rehabilitation to train the brain to recognize speech.