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Cochlear implants have revolutionized the way doctors treat deafness and severe hearing loss, particularly in young children.
Dr. David Eisenman, an ear, nose and throat specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and an assistant professor of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, explains how these devices work and why they are different from hearing aids.
In this interview with Karen Warmkessel, Dr. Eisenman notes that many people who receive cochlear implants will also need extensive therapy following the surgery to learn to use them. He says with the ability to distinguish sounds, they are better able to develop speech and communications skills.
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