implants are devices that can provide sound for people who
receive little or no benefit from hearing aids. Hearing
aids make sounds louder. However, for children and adults
who have severe to profound hearing loss, making sounds
louder may not be enough to allow the ear to process sound.
A cochlear implant may be more successful than hearing aids
in some cases, because it bypasses the damaged sense organ
of hearing (cochlea) and directly stimulates the hearing
(auditory) nerve. Part of the cochlear implant includes
tiny electrodes that are surgically inserted into the cochlea.
The cochlear implant converts sound into electrical signals
that go to the auditory nerve. This section includes information
on how the cochlear implant works, who is a candidate, and
how to help children learn to listen with this device.
What is a Cochlear
Implant and How Does it Work?
Is my Baby a Candidate for a Cochlear
Follow-up and Rehabilitation
Cost of a Cochlear Implant
Limitations and Risks