Learning to hear and listen with a cochlear implant can be an exciting journey. It can also be fraught with frustration for many. CHHA, Sudbury provides resources and peer mentoring for recipients of a Cochlear Implant (CI) and those considering a CI.
A cochlear implant is a medical device that bypasses the damaged part of the ear and sends electrical signals to the auditory nerve in the inner ear. A CI is not a hearing aid. A hearing aid provides amplification of sounds and relies on the remaining functioning nerve hair cells in the inner ear.
A cochlear implant bypasses the damaged nerve hair cells and stimulates the auditory nerve directly. People with a severe to profound hearing loss in both ears and receive little or no benefit from hearing aids may benefit from a cochlear implant.
The objectives of “Learning to Hear”:
- Provide support and mentoring to those with a cochlear implant.
- Assist people in making informed choices regarding cochlear implant surgery.
- Provide tools and resources to assist people in their journey of learning to hear with the device.
If you would like more information or make an appointment to meet with our friendly staff or volunteers, please contact us to schedule an appointment.