Binaural cochlear implant recipient

Binaural cochlear implant recipient

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Caption: Following surgical procedure, the recipient of the first binaural cochlear implant in the UK has a session with a hearing therapist to help her learn to listen to speech and to make sense of it without the aid of lipreading.

The external microphone/processor and transmitter can be seen but are usually covered by hairstyling. One lead connected to the behind-the-ear unit goes to the transmitter, just above and half-hidden, which sends small electrical signals to the two subsets of the electrode array which stimulates the acoustic nerves within the two ears. The lower lead is from a second microphone behind the other ear. Because there is only one processor and one internal receiver/stimulator, this makes this device significantly cheaper than two separate implants. Photographed at the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre, UK.

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