Difference between Cochlear Implants and Hearing Aids

Why cochlear implants are different

Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants don’t just amplify sounds. They mimic the natural hearing function of the inner ear through electronic stimulation. The system has two parts – an external sound processor and the actual cochlear implant. Incoming sounds are processed into electrical signals and then transmitted directly to the hearing nerve, bypassing the damaged parts of the inner ear.

Courtesy of Cochlear Limited, 2015

Courtesy of Cochlear Limited, 2015

Courtesy of Cochlear Limited, 2015

Courtesy of Cochlear Limited, 2015

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