A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, A cochlear implant will electronically stimulate the inner ear and allow the brain to interpret this as sound. Cochlear implants help individuals who receive little to no benefit from hearing aids. When the hair cells in the inner ear are too damaged to receive clarity from hearing aids, cochlear implants are the next step toward happier hearing.
Benefits of Cochlear ImplantsBenefits can vary for different individuals. This variation is often due to:
- How long they have had hearing loss before receiving a cochlear implant
- How severe their hearing loss is
- The condition of their cochlea (inner ear)
- How much practice they include in everyday life when using their cochlear implant system.