Cochlear Implants

Woman happy she can hear better with a cochlear impant

Cochlear Implants

Cochlear implants are surgically implanted devices designed to help those with severe or profound hearing loss but who have a good cochlea. While hearing aids are the most common solution for people with hearing loss, some people receive better results from a cochlear implant.

If you’re an adult with moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears and are not receiving enough benefit from hearing aids, you may be a candidate for a cochlear implant. An audiologist can help determine your candidacy and provide you with additional information.

How Does a Cochlear Implant Work?

The cochlear implant bypasses the damaged portions of the inner ear and directly stimulates the auditory nerve. Then, signals generated by the implant are sent up the auditory nerve to the brain, which recognizes the signals as sound.

There are two parts to the cochlear implant, the internal portion which is composed of the electrodes and receiver, and the external portion which is called the transmitter (or processor). The internal receiver takes the coded electrical signals from the external transmitter and delivers them to the array of electrodes that have been surgically inserted in the cochlea.


An audiologist will determine your candidacy based on your audiometric findings. A diagnostic hearing test will be performed as well as specialized speech testing. Qualifications for a cochlear implant include:

At our hearing center, we are proud to be a part of Cochlear Americas, Cochlear Provider Network (CPN). An audiologist will: