Cochlear Implant Program | Telethon Speech & Hearing

Cochlear Implant Program

Cochlear implants provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hearing impaired by doing the work of damaged parts of the inner ear to send sound signals to the brain.

A cochlear implant works very differently to a hearing aid. A cochlear implant is an electronic device made up of two parts – a surgically implanted component and an externally worn speech component that look much like a hearing aid. The external component picks up sound through a microphone and the sound is then changed into digital code. This code then travels through the skin to the implanted component which converts the code into electrical impulses. The hearing nerve is then stimulated and the end result is the sensation of hearing.

Eligibility for cochlear implantation include:

  • Any infant/child with a bilateral severe to profound hearing loss
  • Any infant/child who is unable to adequately access all the sounds of speech through their hearing aid
  • Any infant/child who has worn hearing aids for a monitored period and made little or no progress in developing spoken language