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Re: What is THE cutting-edge treatment for damaged cochlea nerves?

Date: Mon Oct 26 19:50:10 1998
Posted By: Lori Holt, Graduate (Ph.D.) Student, Psychology, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Area of science: Neuroscience
ID: 904273288.Ns

Dear Doctor Ring Ding,

        Right now, the cutting edge treatment for damaged cochlear nerves 
is the cochlear implant. 
        A cochlear implant is a device which restores some hearing in 
severely-to-profoundly deaf people when the cochlea either has not 
developed or has been destroyed by disease or injury to such an extent that 
hearing cannot be aided by a regular hearing aid. Basically, a cochlear 
implant artificially replaces the electrical stimuluation that the 
(healthy) coclear nerve typically passes upstream to the brain. 
        The auditory perception of cochlear implant users is not much like 
that experienced by people with normally-functioning auditory pathways - it 
is quite a bit more crude. However, the improvement in hearing that a 
cochlear implant provides to a severely-to-profoundly deaf person can be 
substantial. When implants are made early, severely deaf children can 
sometimes hear well enough to learn to speak fairly fluently.
        The top-of-the-line cochlear implants of today are known as 
"multiple-channel" cochlear implants. This just means that the devices are 
able to transmit information along more than one channel, thus improving 
the fidelity of the sound.
        If you have further questions, please feel free to email me.

Lori L. Holt

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