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A 22-year-old male asked:

What is the success rate of cochlear implants as of 2012?

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Dr. David Kam
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
High: Almost all patients with cochlear implants achieve sound awareness and many can understand speech over a telephone without visualization of the speakers(which eliminates lip reading).
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Dr. Michael Ekizian
A Verified Doctoranswered
22 years experience
Variable: A cochlear implant will not cure deafness. The best candidates for cochlear implants are those who had speech and language skills before losing their hearing and those who have been without hearing for a short time. Some adults now benefit from bilateral implants with significant improvement in quality of life, with better speech perception and hearing in the presence of background noise.
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