What’s it Like to Receive Cochlear Implants?
What is a cochlear implant?
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.