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Cochlear implants are neurostimulators that are inserted into the inner ear of deaf people. They bypass the damaged structures of hearing to directly to stimulate the auditory nerve with electricity producing a sensation of sound. After surgery, we wear an ear level processor that digitizes speech and delivers it wirelessly to the computer underneath the skin of the scalp. The electrodes curled inside our ears deliver precisely arranged pulses to create a sensation of sound.
The vast, vast majority of patients with cochlear implants hear better with their implant than a hearing aid. However, the absolute hearing with the cochlear implant is unpredictable. This means that we can offer patients good assurance that they should benefit from a cochlear implant. We cannot predict if patients will receive a bit of benefit or become rock stars with their device.
Most patients who receive a cochlear implant are over 65 years old. These patients have gradually lost their hearing over time. Generally, this population of patients can expect to:
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