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Cochlear Implant (CI)

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person with severe to profound hearing loss. It works by bypassing the damaged parts of the inner ear and directly stimulating the auditory nerve with electrical signals. These signals are then interpreted by the brain as sound. Unlike hearing aids, which amplify sound, cochlear implants are designed to restore the ability to perceive and understand speech and other sounds in individuals with significant hearing impairment. Cochlear Implant can provide deaf colleagues with the ability to hear sounds, making verbal communication more accessible. Cochlear Implant users may still rely on visual cues and lip-reading, so ensuring clear speech and visibility is important. Cochlear Implant technology varies, so understanding an individual’s specific needs and preferences can help facilitate effective communication.

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