Understanding Cochlear Implants


Severe Hearing Loss Devices

A cochlear implant is a device that helps reverse nerve-related hearing loss. It can treat hearing loss that will not respond to hearing aids. During cochlear implant surgery, the device is implanted into the inner ear (cochlea). A few weeks after surgery, the device is activated and hearing is restored. Typically, only one implant is placed. But, if needed, an implant can be placed in both ears. You and your healthcare provider will discuss what’s best for you.

Hearing loss is a medical disorder that affects nearly 36 million adults in the United States. It can occur at any stage of life, and can be caused by a variety of conditions such as exposure to loud noise at work or as a result of aging. Hearing loss is also a symptom or side effect of more than 100 diseases such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis. 

In some people, hearing loss can be surgically corrected. For others, medical devices and rehabilitation therapies often can help reduce hearing loss.  If you think you may have hearing loss, an ear, nose and throat specialist working with a certified audiologist can diagnose the exact cause and provide medically sound treatment. Contact our team here for more information. 

Ready for cochlear implants?

Hear from Lakeland Ear, Nose & Throat audiologist, Heidi Schmeltzer, AuD, CCC-A, as she discusses cochlear implants, a new solution to hearing concerns, when hearing aids are no longer an option.


People with cochlear implants have reported:

  • Ability to hear speech without needing visual cues.

  • Ability to listen in a noisy space.

  • Ability to distinguish locations of sounds.

  • Better recognition of everyday sounds.