Cochlear Implant (CI)

Cochlear Implant

The CI has two components, an internal electrode that is surgically implanted into the cochlea (the small snail-like organ of hearing) and an external speech processor. The external speech processor hooks over the ear and has a cable that connects to a small, round headpiece. This headpiece had a magnet that connects to the internal electrode’s magnet that sits under the skin. The speech processor transmits sound to the brain by way of the internal electrode.