The University of Southampton

The Cochlear Implant


Cochlear implants can be used by some people with a severe to profound hearing loss to give them access to sound. However cochlear implants work differently for everyone. The sound from a cochlear implant is very different to normal hearing and takes some time to get used to.

Key concepts

  1. What is a cochlear implant and who should have one (or two)?
  2. What parts make up an cochlear implant and how does it work?
  3. What does a cochlear implant sound like?
  4. Who manufactures cochlear implants?