Cochlear implants can help provide or restore a rich world of sound for your child. Unlike hearing aids, which simply amplify sound, cochlear implants use state-of-the-art technology to make sound clearer and easier to understand.3
For many children with severe-to-profound hearing loss, hearing aids are not enough to compensate for a damaged ear's inability to adequately hear. Cochlear implants bypass the damaged part of your child's inner ear and send sound signals directly to the brain via the hearing nerve. As a result, most AB cochlear implant recipients demonstrate improvement in their ability to understand speech, even in noisy environments, compared to hearing-aid wearers.
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