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A cochlear implant is an electronic system that stimulates the hearing nerves, directly sending a sensation of sound to the brain. Unlike a hearing aid, the individual needs an operation to place the implant in the cochlea (or inner ear) inside their head.

A cochlear implant speech processor looks just like a hearing aid and is programmed by a specialist audiologist to provide the best possible speech perception for the individual. It uses a microphone to pick up the sound and a speech processor to deliver sound to a set of implanted electrodes in the inner ear.

The coil on the processor transmits sound through the skin to an internal receiver.

Since the year 2000, approximately 324,000 patients have benefited from cochlear implants.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 24, 2015
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