For someone with hearing loss, a successful cochlear implant can change their world.
But because results vary among implant recipients, it is crucial to determine strong candidates for whom an implant will likely be successful.
A cochlear implant (CI) is a complex electronic device that can effectively restore hearing in individuals with severe to profound hearing loss. While the CI does not restore normal hearing and differs from hearing aids, which amplify sounds, it does provide a useful representation of sounds by directly stimulating the auditory nerve. The CI’s success depends on how well the auditory nerve functions.