A cochlear implant helps give a person a sense of sound. It doesn't restore hearing to normal. However, it can help a person understand speech and noises in the environment. Learn more about cochlear implants, criteria for cochlear implants, surgery and activation and programming.
While the cochlear implant provides access to sound, understanding takes more than just hearing. Intensive individualized habilitation (intervention for patients who have never heard before) and rehabilitation (intervention for patients who are learning to hear again) allows for optimal gains for all recipients.