A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound. People who are profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing can get help from them. The implant consists of two parts. One part sits on the outside of the body, behind the ear. A second part is surgically placed under the skin.
An implant does not restore normal hearing. It can help a person understand speech. Children and adults can benefit from them.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
- Benefits and Risks of Cochlear Implants (Food and Drug Administration)
- Use of Vaccines to Prevent Meningitis in Persons with Cochlear Implants (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Statistics and Research
- Quick Statistics (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Systematic review and meta-analysis of cochlear implantation in deaf patients with...
- Article: Cochlear implant failure: diagnosis and treatment of soft failures.
- Article: Evaluating cochlear insertion trauma and hearing preservation after cochlear implantation (CIPRES):...
- Cochlear Implants -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- Directory of Organizations (Deafness and Communication Disorders) (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)
- Find an Audiologist (American Academy of Audiology)
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
- Cochlear Implants (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)