Following Diagnosis Cochlear implants

A cochlear implant is a hearing device that is surgically implanted into the inner ear of children and adults with a severe or profound degree of hearing loss. It works by stimulating the hair cells inside the cochlea to produce hearing sensations. A cochlear implant is made up of two main components – the external sound processor and the internal implant.

Roll over the pictures below to see description of components of the cochlear implant.

Ear  <strong class='heading'>External component</strong> The external sound processor is worn like a hearing aid. It is made up of a speech processor, a lead, a transmitter coil and a microphone. <strong class='heading'>Internal component</strong> The internal component of the cochlear implant is surgically implanted into the child's ear.  It is made up of a receiver and electrodes.

How do cochlear implants work?

Roll over the steps below to learn how a cochlear implant helps a child to hear.

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