Related Help Pages: Technology Cochlear implants

What is a cochlear implant?

For patients with severe to profound sensorineural hearing losses, hearing aids are often not able to improve speech understanding. While very powerful hearing aids exist, that increase intensity to very high levels, they may not improve hearing if there are too few or no remaining sensory cells to stimulate. Therefore, the sound information cannot be properly delivered from the ear to the brain. For these patients, a cochlear implant, or ''bionic ear'' may be recommended. Cochlear implants attempt to restore hearing to people with severe to profound hearing loss by delivering electrical stimulation directly to the nerve, bypassing the damaged structures of the inner ear. Cochlear implants are prosthetic devices with internal components that are surgically placed and external components that require fitting and programming. Cochlear implants are considered the only medical treatment for severe to profound hearing loss.

Take our online Hearing Check

Preferred professionals near you

Fauquier ENT Consultants
550 Hospital Dr
Warrenton, VA 20186

View Details

Audiology and Hearing Aid Center
7340 Heritage Village Plz Ste 101
Gainesville, VA 20155

View Details

Ear Nose And Throat Associates
7001 Heritage Village Plz Ste 260
Gainesville, VA 20155

View Details

Leesburg Family Hearing
211 Gibson St NW Ste 202
Leesburg, VA 20176

View Details

Search for a professional

The Healthy Hearing Report

Hear even the softest sounds (ad for Alta 2)
Need Help?

Need Help?

We have more hearing clinic reviews than any other site!