cochlear implant

noun

Definition of cochlear implant 

: an electronic prosthetic device that enables individuals with sensorineural hearing loss to recognize some sounds and consists of an external microphone and speech processor and one or more electrodes implanted in the cochlea

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The experiment was part of a study published Wednesday seeking to improve upon cochlear implants — electronic devices that stimulate auditory neurons to partially restore hearing. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 However, cochlear implants must be surgically embedded in the ear, a procedure that can cost up to $100,000 with a few weeks of recovery time. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Could This Futuristic Vest Give Us a Sixth Sense?," 21 Apr. 2018 In people who have dysfunctional or dead hair cells, cochlear implants work by electrically stimulating auditory nerve cells directly. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 In principle, the heat from a human body can generate enough electricity to power wireless health monitors, cochlear implants and deep-brain stimulators to treat disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Charles Q. Choi, Washington Post, "How the body could power pacemakers and other implantable devices," 9 June 2018 Hearing through a cochlear implant is different from normal hearing and takes time to learn or relearn. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "A 1-year-old heard sound for the first time, and her mother broke down in tears," 2 July 2018 Their search led them to a little device that could change their daughter’s life: a cochlear implant. Caitlyn Richard, Fox News, "Texas parents witness 'miracle moment' toddler's face lights up as doctors turn on cochlear devices," 28 June 2018 Ayla was born deaf, but she has just been fitted with cochlear implants, which enable her to hear. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "You Have to See the Viral Video of a Mom Watching Her Baby Hear for the First Time," 2 July 2018 Anna Esler and her husband had known from the beginning that their 1-year-old daughter, Ayla, was deaf and that a cochlear implant could help her hear. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "A 1-year-old heard sound for the first time, and her mother broke down in tears," 2 July 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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cochlear implant

noun

Medical Definition of cochlear implant 

: an electrical prosthetic device that enables individuals with sensorineural hearing loss to recognize some sounds and that consists of an external microphone and speech processor that receive and convert sound waves into electrical signals which are transmitted to one or more electrodes implanted in the cochlea where they stimulate the auditory nerve

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