A qualified surgeon will place a small hearing implant under the skin behind your ear, hidden from view.
Once sound is captured by the cochlear implant processor and converted into digital information, it is transmitted to the internal implant which converts that information into electrical signals and sends them to electrodes. These electrodes follow the shape of your cochlea, stimulating the nerve fibers and sending sound signals to your brain. These signals are what ultimately become sounds such as music or speech.
The implant procedure is an outpatient surgery that is usually done under general anesthesia and lasts only a couple of hours. Because it is considered a “hearing implant” and not a “hearing aid”, most insurance plans will cover cochlear implants.