COCHLEAR IMPLANTATION First Cochlear Implant in Lafayette Dr. White is one of the few surgeons in the state, & the only surgeon in the area to offer cochlear implementation. A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person that is deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. The implant includes an external portion that is situated behind the ear and an internal portion placed under the skin. A cochlear implant includes four different parts: a microphone, a speech processor, a transmitter and receiver, and an electrode array. Although a cochlear implant helps with hearing, it will not completely restore normal hearing and is very different from a hearing aid. A cochlear implant works by changing sound into electrical signals that stimulate the hearing nerve. A cochlear implant can give a deaf person a better representation of sounds in the environment and help him or her to understand speech over the telephone or in person. Both children and adults can benefit from a cochlear implant depending on how severe the loss of hearing is. In addition to the initial surgery, it will take time and training to learn how to properly interpret the signals received from the implant. To learn more about hearing loss treatments, contact us! (sourced from https://www.babyhearing.org/devices/how-does-a-cochlear-implant-work) (sourced from https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/cochlear-implants) Contact us and schedule an appointment today.