Cochlear implants are comprised of an external processor and implanted coil with an electrode positioned inside the ear. Sound waves are transmitted from the processor along the electrodes to the auditory nerve. The implanted device bypasses the mechanical structure of the inner ear and directly stimulates the auditory nerve. This approach offers the greatest benefit to adults whose hearing loss can no longer be improved by hearing aids.
“Losing my hearing has been an adjustment for my family, friends and me. Once I received my cochlear implant I felt like a part of my life was given back to me.” —Darrell M.