A cochlear implant is an electronic device that replaces damaged or absent hair cells located in the inner ear, also known as the cochlea. These hair cells normally transmit stimulation to the hearing nerve fibres. When there is significant damage to these hair cells, a cochlear implant may be inserted to artificially replace the hair cell function.
Cochlear Implants are a solution for people with severe to profound hearing loss. If you find yourself struggling to hear and understand even with properly fitted hearing aids, you may be a candidate.
Your journey to better hearing through cochlear implants starts with a visit to your audiologist who will help determine if your hearing loss makes you a candidate for a cochlear implant. If your audiologist feels you would benefit, you can contact the Cochlear Implant Clinic at the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus or your ENT may refer you to the Clinic for further testing.
A Journey of a Thousand Sounds Begins with Just One Beep
While our journeys all start at different places, we all share many of the same paths to cochlear implantation. Some of us may have dealt with hearing loss from birth or as a child, others lost it gradually over time as an adult and still others woke to find their perfect hearing gone, overnight. Regardless of how we began our journey, we have found ourselves in the same place you are right now – wondering if a cochlear implant is the right decision. Our group exists to share our experiences and help you navigate your way as you discover the benefits of cochlear implants.