If your child is severe to profoundly deaf, traditional hearing aids which amplify sound may not help her hear. Fortunately, technology exists that can help people with profound hearing loss gain partial hearing — cochlear implants. Since the 1970’s, cochlear implants have helped thousands of people detect sound and understand speech.
Hearing works like this: your inner ear is filled with delicate parts that work together to turn sound waves in the air into electrical impulses, which are sent to the brain and recognized as sound. If any part of this complicated system is damaged, hearing loss occurs. A cochlear implant mimics this system, using electronic devices to go around the damaged areas. The result? People who use cochlear implants may have increased sound awareness, better environmental sound recognition, enhanced speech reading abilities, improved speech production and the ability to understanding speech without speech reading.