If you’re experiencing hearing loss, you’re likely not the only one among your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. Nearly two in 10 (17%) Americans experiences some form of impaired hearing. And while commercials and print advertisements are often geared toward the elderly, the reality is that there are more baby boomers (those between 45 and 64) with hearing impairments than seniors! But while your hearing may get worse as you age, getting older isn’t necessarily the cause. So what is?
What types of hearing loss are there? What causes them?
A cochlear implant is a tiny two-part device that helps deaf or hard-of-hearing people hear. One part is placed behind the ear and a second half is surgically placed under the skin near the ear.
The implant consists of a microphone, a transmitter/receiver, a speech processor and an electrode ray.
Unlike a hearing aid, which simply amplifies sounds, a cochlear implant bypasses the parts of the ear that are damaged and instead stimulates the auditory nerve. The brain interprets the signals as sounds.