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What is a permanent hearing aid implant (cochlear implant)?

A cochlear implant is a small device that helps restore hearing to those with severe or permanent hearing loss. The device has two parts- a microphone and a transmitter. The microphone is attached to the outside of the head while the transmitter is surgically placed under the skin.

 A permanent hearing aid implant is meant for patients who are deaf or have severe hearing loss. Regular hearing aids can’t help these patients. The cochlear implant has direct access to the auditory nerve, bypassing any structural damage to the ear that impairs hearing.

How many types of permanent hearing aid implants are there?

Is a cochlear implant better than a hearing aid?

Can cochlear implants cure deafness?

How are permanent hearing aid implants placed in the ear?

How long do permanent hearing aid implants last?

What is the success rate of permanent hearing aid implants?

What are the disadvantages of cochlear implants?

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