What is a cochlear implant?


Cochlear implants provide a sensation of hearing to those who have severe to profound permanent deafness. This means that they may be able to hear some sounds, but they cannot hear all the sounds that make up human speech. Listen to our sound through cochlear implant demos.

Instead of making the sound louder, like a hearing aid, the implant directly stimulates the auditory nerve (the nerve that carries sound from the cochlea to the brain) using electrical signals.

The goal of the cochlear implant is to provide access to the range of sounds that make up speech. Results can vary depending on the individual and can range from awareness of environmental sounds to hearing speech.

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