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How is a cochlear implant inserted inside the ear to treat severe hearing loss?

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In the hospital, a surgeon places the cochlear implant inside the ear, tiny electrodes next to your cochlear nerve, and a receiver right under the skin behind your ear. About 4 weeks later, you’ll see the audiologist again to get the outside parts of the implant, including a microphone, a transmitter, and a small computer called a speech processor. These parts send signals to the device in your ear to translate the sounds around you. You can wear them behind your ear like a hearing aid.

From: Severe Hearing Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Types of Hearing Loss” and “Hearing Loss in Children: Data and Statistics.”

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: “Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants and Assistive Technology;” “Audiologic Rehabilitation;” “FM Systems;” and "Degree of Hearing Loss."

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement: “Dr. Ross on Hearing Loss: Understanding and Managing a Severe Hearing Loss.”

Merck Manuals: “Evaluation of Hearing Loss” and “Drug-Induced Ototoxicity.”

Hearing Loss Association of America: “Symptoms of Hearing Loss;” “Diagnosing Hearing Loss;” and "Living With Hearing Loss.”

First Signs Organization: “Audiological Screening.”

American Speech Language Hearing Association: “Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Congenital Deafness."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on December 13, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Types of Hearing Loss” and “Hearing Loss in Children: Data and Statistics.”

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: “Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants and Assistive Technology;” “Audiologic Rehabilitation;” “FM Systems;” and "Degree of Hearing Loss."

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement: “Dr. Ross on Hearing Loss: Understanding and Managing a Severe Hearing Loss.”

Merck Manuals: “Evaluation of Hearing Loss” and “Drug-Induced Ototoxicity.”

Hearing Loss Association of America: “Symptoms of Hearing Loss;” “Diagnosing Hearing Loss;” and "Living With Hearing Loss.”

First Signs Organization: “Audiological Screening.”

American Speech Language Hearing Association: “Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Congenital Deafness."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on December 13, 2018

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