What is the use of waves in a Cochlear Implant?

Question by y0wzahman123: What is the use of waves in a Cochlear Implant?

What is the use of sound waves?

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Answer by dat1grl
Im not entirely sure what you mean by “What is the use” but i think your wondering how sound waves are used with a cochlear implant, which im sure you know is a device streamed into the cochlear through a small incision on the back of the scalp. Anyways, when sound waves are coming towards the person with the implant, the device then picks up these sound waves and transmits them into an electrical signal which stimulates the auditory nerves. It doesn’t amplify sounds, but has proved to help out a great deal of people throughout the world. Hope this helps. 🙂

p.s. here’s the ‘science’ of it 🙂
A cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. The cochlear implant is often referred to as a bionic ear. Unlike hearing aids, the cochlear implant does not amplify sound, but works by directly stimulating any functioning auditory nerves inside the cochlea with an electric field. External components of the cochlear implant include a microphone, speech processor and an RF transmitter. An RF receiver is implanted beneath the skull’s skin. The transmitter has a magnet by which it attaches to another magnet placed beside the receiver. The receiver relays the incoming signal to the implanted electrodes in the cochlea. The speech processor allows an individual to adjust the sensitivity of the device. The implant gives recipients additional auditory information, which may include sound discrimination fine enough to understand speech in quiet environments. Post-implantation rehabilitative therapy is often critical to ensuring successful outcomes.

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