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Cochlear Implants

Cochlear implants are small, electronic devices that provide awareness and understanding of sound to those who may not benefit from hearing aids. The cochlear implant employs a strategy that is distinctly different from that of hearing aids. Instead of amplifying and reintroducing the sound signal, the implant bypasses impaired inner ear structures.

With training, a child or an adult with a cochlear implant can learn to:

  • Understand and use spoken language
  • Monitor personal speech to improve clarity and intonation
  • Detect and understand the meaning of sounds in the environment

Because many communication cues within everyday speech escape visual detection, cochlear implants restore a level of access to spoken language that can immeasurably improve quality of life.

Since 1991, The Listening Center at Johns Hopkins has adopted a comprehensive approach to cochlear implantation. We have sought to develop the resources needed to provide our patients with optimal access to sound and spoken language. The center also serves as a major research and training center for medical and educational professionals working with individuals with hearing loss.

Learn more about the Johns Hopkins Listening Center.