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How are cochlear implants used for hearing loss?

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If the inner ear has severe damage, even the most powerful hearing aid can't restore your hearing. In that case, your doctor may recommend a cochlear implant. These bypass damaged parts of the ear and send signals directly to your auditory nerve that relays sound to the brain. A cochlear implant has a microphone that goes behind the ear and a transmitter that goes under the skin. Sound information goes to electrodes that a doctor puts in your inner ear through surgery.

From: Treatments for Hearing Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Aids," "Cochlear Implants."

Hearing Loss Association of America: "Living With Hearing Loss," "Types, Causes and Treatment."

Audiology Online: "Middle Ear Implants."

University of California, Irvine: "Bone Anchored Hearing Device."

ENT Today: "Middle Ear Implants Offer Potential: New breed of devices may stimulate compliance, experts say."

Reviewed by Brandon Isaacson on June 01, 2016

SOURCES:

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Aids," "Cochlear Implants."

Hearing Loss Association of America: "Living With Hearing Loss," "Types, Causes and Treatment."

Audiology Online: "Middle Ear Implants."

University of California, Irvine: "Bone Anchored Hearing Device."

ENT Today: "Middle Ear Implants Offer Potential: New breed of devices may stimulate compliance, experts say."

Reviewed by Brandon Isaacson on June 01, 2016

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