A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that does the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.
Many people suffer hearing loss because their cells in the inner ear (Cochlear) are damaged. The cochlear implant enables the sound to be transferred to your hearing nerve and enables you to hear.
A sound processor worn behind the ear or on the body captures sound and turn it into digital code. The sound processor has a battery that powers the entire system.
The cochlear implant converts the digitally coded sound into electrical impulses and sends them along the electrode array placed in the cochlear.
The implant electrodes stimulate the cochlear hearing nerve which then sends the impulses to the brain where they are interpresed as sound.
Auditory verbal therapy is a early intervention programme which equips parents with the skills to maximise their deaf child's speech and language development.
The auditory verbal approach stimulates Auditory brain development and enables deaf children with hearing aids and cochlear implants to make sense of the sound relayed by their devices.
As a result, children with hearing loss are better able to develop listening and spoken language skills.
Through play based sessions using the Auditory verbal approach, the child develops a listening attitude so that paying attention to the sound around him on her becomes automatic.