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Choose to Hear Your Best with Cochlear Implants

For many people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss, hearing aids are a viable solution for improved hearing. But if you or your loved one has severe-to-profound hearing loss, cochlear implants may be a much more effective alternative.

Many recipients of Advanced Bionics cochlear implants report being able to:

  • Hear clearly even in noisy environments like restaurants or sporting event venues
  • Enjoy music and conversations using electronic devices like MP3 players, mobile phones, and airline headsets
  • Get their life back, by pulling them out of isolation and reconnecting them with family and friends

Addison Earns A’s with her Cochlear Implants

“The ability to hear so clearly with her cochlear implants allows Addison to participate in group projects in the classroom and student council activities that involve being in social settings. She feels like part of the group and not like an outsider.”

Rachelle Blackmon, mother of Addison, implanted at 20 months, bilaterally implanted at age 8

The Miracle of Hearing Restoration

Cochlear implants are the only medical technology able to functionally restore one of the five senses. Unlike hearing aids, which amplify sound, cochlear implants are electronic devices that bypass the damaged part of your inner ear so that you can hear your best.

AB Cochlear Implant Systems

Cochlear implants from Advanced Bionics are…

  • Designed to help you hear in noisy settings, from bustling restaurants to busy airports.
  • Compatible with cell phones, MP3 players and other audio devices. Talk on the phone or sing along to your favourite song!
  • Easy to use… there’s no need to fumble with tiny batteries, dials, switches or remote controls.
  • Flexible with different wearing options to suit your needs, from a lightweight on-the-ear option to a discreet processor that can be concealed under clothing with nothing worn on the ear at all.
  • Eco-friendly with rechargeable batteries that are easy to operate and last for years.

How Hearing with a Cochlear Implant System Works

A cochlear implant system consists of two main components. The external component, which is worn on the outer ear or discreetly on the body, and the internal component, the implant, which delivers sound to the hearing nerve.

Cochlear implants bypass the damaged part of the ear:

  1. Sound is captured by a microphone on the sound processor.
  2. The sound processor converts the captured sound into detailed digital information.
  3. The magnetic headpiece transmits the digital signals to the internal implant under the skin.
  4. The implant turns the received digital information into electrical information that travels down the electrode array to the auditory nerve.
  5. The auditory nerve sends impulses to the brain, where they are interpreted as sound.

How Hearing with a Cochlear Implant System Works

Watch How Cochlear Implants Work

This short animated video demonstrates how hearing with a cochlear implant works, and how it compares with normal hearing.



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