It’s easy to take simple pleasures in life for granted. Something as simple as hearing a bird chirp or your favorite song come on the radio doesn’t get a second thought. You listen to your children and spouse and sometimes, you wish you could turn the volume down for just a second. But millions of people don’t know what any of that is like.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, about two to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears. There have been many advancements in hearing aid technology in the last few decades but none have been as progressive as cochlear implants.
Cochlear implants are surgically implanted electronic devices that have a sound processor usually worn behind the ear. The outside of the device has a microphone and other electronics which transmits signals to the implant. The signals are sent into the cochlea, which stimulates the cochlear nerve.
In many cases, infants and small children are the recipients of the device so they can experience hearing at an earlier age, among other reasons. For parents, there’s nothing like your hearing-impaired child hear your voice for the first time.
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