Cochlear Implants

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.

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