What’s it Like to Receive Cochlear Implants?

What’s it Like to Receive Cochlear Implants?


What is a cochlear implant?


Jace Wolfe, director of audiology at Hearts for Hearing, holds a cochlear implant. The device can help someone who is severely hard of hearing or deaf begin to hear again, although the sounds might be different from what they remember. David McDaniel – The Oklahoman



A cochlear implant is a small device that provides a sense of sound to the profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. The device has two main parts: an external sound processor and the implant itself.





You can see the external sound processor on the side of someone’s ear while they’re wearing it. It might look similar to a hearing aid. There’s a computer inside that external piece that determines how much stimulation the recipient will need to hear the sound. Meanwhile, the second part, the actual implant, rests under the skin, behind a person’s ear.

A cochlear implant is different from a hearing aid. A hearing aid works much like an amplifier, making sounds louder so that it’s more likely that the inner ear will respond to speech or environmental sounds.

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