Unlike a hearing aid, it does not make sound louder or clearer.
Instead, the device bypasses damaged parts of the auditory system and directly stimulates the nerve of hearing, allowing individuals who are profoundly hearing impaired to receive sound.
Otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat specialists) perform implant surgery, although not all of them do this procedure.
The electronic device at the base of the electrode array is then placed under the skin behind the ear.
Several weeks after surgery, your cochlear implant team places the signal processor, microphone, and implant transmitter outside your ear and adjusts them.
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A cochlear implant is an electronic device that restores partial hearing to individuals with severe to profound hearing loss who do not benefit from a conventional hearing aid.