What is a cochlear implant?
A cochlear implant is a small device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. The cochlear implant is surgically implanted in the inner ear and activated by a device that’s worn outside of the ear.
How does a cochlear implant work?
A typical cochlear implant has four main parts:
- Microphone: Picks up sound from the environment
- Speech processor: Selects and arranges the sounds picked up by the microphone
- Transmitter and Receiver/Stimulator: Receives signals from the speech processor and converts them into electric impulses, and
- Electrode Array: Group of electrodes that collects the impulses from the stimulator and sends to the auditory nerve
Cochlear implants are very different from hearing aids. They do not make sound louder or clearer. Instead, cochlear implants bypass parts of the inner ear that are damaged and send electrical sound signals to the hearing nerve. Those who are severely or profoundly hearing-impaired receive those sound signals and convert them to sound.
Who gets cochlear implants?
Cochlear implants can be an option for children and adults who are profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. For young children who are deaf or severely hard-of-hearing, implantation of a cochlear implant while they’re young can be very beneficial since the cochlear implant exposes them to sounds during a period when they develop the most speech and language skills.
Why do I need a medical ID for my cochlear implant?
It’s important for those with a cochlear implant to wear a medical ID. Medicals IDs for cochlear implants let first responders know that hearing loss might be a result of the cochlear implant being harmed, not a result of an injury. Medical IDs for cochlear implants help allow first responders to treat you more quickly and efficiently, as well as, reach your loved ones sooner in the event of an emergency.
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