Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cochlear implants pick up sound through a tiny microphone attached near the ear. The implants send the sounds through a computer and back to a transmitter. The sounds are then delivered to the auditory nerve.

Cochlear implants are used in those with severe hearing loss, when hearing aids are of no benefit. Infants may benefit most from a cochlear implant, since speech is not yet fully developed.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Hard of Hearing References
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  2. Puig T, Municio A, Meda C. Universal neonatal hearing screening versus selective screening as part of the management of childhood deafness. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005 Apr 18;(2):CD003731. [15846679]
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