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What is a cochlear implant?

Cochlear implants are designed to enable people with a significant hearing loss, who derive limited benefit from hearing aids, to access sound. A cochlear implant electrically stimulates the hearing nerve, thereby bypassing the damaged parts of the inner ear. This signal is sent to the brain to be interpreted as sound.

A cochlear implant has both internal and external parts.

Internal part:

The internal part is known as the electrode array or implant. It is inserted surgically, usually under general anaesthetic. It consists of:

  • A receiver package with a magnet placed under the skin above the ear
  • An electrode array placed in the cochlea in the inner ear

External part

The external part is known as the sound processor. It is worn behind the ear and consists of:

  • A sound processor with a microphone to pick up sounds
  • A cable and circular coil connected to the sound processor that is held on the head by a magnet, which enables sounds to be transferred to the electrode array

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Who may benefit from a cochlear implant?

Both children and adults with a significant hearing loss, who receive limited benefit from hearing aids, may benefit from cochlear implants. A cochlear implant may be suitable for those with a congenital or acquired hearing loss, but will depend on factors such as the anatomy of the hearing system and exposure to sound in the past.
Possible outcomes using a cochlear implant?

All implant users have different experiences of sound through their cochlear implants.

A cochlear implant may help with:

  • Hearing sounds in the environment
  • Hearing speech
  • Improving the ease of listening
  • Improved hearing in background noise
  • Increased access to sounds in music
  • For children implanted at an early age, developing spoken speech and listening skills
  • Monitoring the pitch and volume of your own voice
  • For some, using the telephone

More more information about rehabilitation following cochlear implantation please see:

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Naida CI and HiRes 90K Advantage Implant
Naida CI and HiRes 90K Advantage Implant