Text Box: How Does a Cochlear Implant Work?
A cochlear implant consists of two main components. The external component, called the sound processor, can be worn on the outer ear or on the body. It gathers sound with a microphone and processes that sound into digital information, which is transmitted to an implant under your skin. The internal component is an implant with an electrode array. It converts the digital information from the sound processor into electrical signals and delivers them to an electrode array. The electrode array stimulates the hearing nerve, which sends signals up to the brain where they’re interpreted as sound.


Text Box: 								Hearing with a Cochlear Implant
					          	    	 Cochlear implants bypass the damaged part of the ear and
		               	   send electrical signals to the brain
									       Sound is captured by a microphone on the sound processor.
										
									       The sound processor converts sound into detailed digital information.
		
		                      						         The magnetic headpiece sends the digital signals to the implant.
										
									      The electrode array on the implant sends electrical signals to the hearing nerve.

									       The hearing nerve sends impulses to the brain, where they are interpreted as sound.

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