Hearing with Cochlear Implants
“Children with cochlear implants are more likely to be educated orally and without access to sign language. Some deaf activists have labeled the widespread implantation of children, as cultural genocide. Others call the criticism alarming and inaccurate.”
WTTV • CBS INDIANAPOLIS
BY DEBBY KNOX
MARCH 17, 2016
March 16, 2016)- Close to 325,000 people around the world have had cochlear implants surgically implanted. In the US about 58,000 adults and 38,000 children have been recipients. In Indiana, cochlear implants have been available to profoundly deaf adults since the 1980’s
Cochlear implants are surgically implanted electronic devices which bypass the normal hearing process. A microphone is used and some electronics are placed outside the skin behind the ear. Together the device transmits a signal to an array of electrodes in the cochlea, which stimulates the cochlear nerve.