October 13th, 2015

A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. Whereas a hearing aid amplifies or increases the sounds going into the ear, a cochlear implant bypasses the damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulates the auditory nerve.

What does a cochlear implant sound like?

Click here for a simulation!

Would you like to learn more about cochlear implants?

American Speech Language and Hearing Association

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

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