Cochlear Implants in Alabama
Engage In Conversation More Easily And Experience An Array Of Sounds That You Were Otherwise Unaware Of
If you or a loved one are struggling with your hearing and you’re exploring your options, then you may have heard of Cochlear Implants.
But with so many myths and misconceptions, many people get confused between what is fact and what is fiction.
Our job is to help demystify the options available to you, and help you to take your first step towards better hearing.
What are Cochlear Implants?
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is implanted into the cochlear, the snail-shaped part of the inner ear. It turns sound into electronic signals and compensates for the damaged structure of the inner ear, restoring sound for the wearer.
While it is most useful in translating conversation, it also helps to regulate the sound of your own natural speaking voice, so it doesn’t sound overpowering for the user.
Cochlear implants can be placed in one ear for unilateral hearing loss, or both ears for bilateral hearing loss, and are used on both adults and children, with users experiencing an overall richer sound quality.
How Do They Work?
- Sound is picked up by the microphone worn on/near the external processor.
- This sound is processed into electrical signals and passed to a transmitter coil that is worn on the head.
- The signals are sent by radio waves, through the skin to the implanted receiver, and down the wire to the electrode in the cochlear.
- When the electrode receives the signal, it produces a current that travels along the auditory nerve, which produces the sensation of hearing.
Above all, cochlear implants help to clarify sounds for the user, allowing them to engage in conversation easier and witness an array of sounds that they were otherwise unaware of.
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