Mini-Course: Preparing for School-Entry


2 - What is a Cochlear Implant?

The need for practice

Although cochlear implants give children access to sound, their brains must learn how to interpret what they hear as meaningful information. This is hard work for the child, the child's parents, and the experts helping them with this process, and it takes time.

A child with a new cochlear implant receives a representation of sound while wearing the equipment, but the information will not make sense to the brain right away. Children with new cochlear implants need practice to make sense of the transmitted sound.

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