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Why do some people get hearing aids while others get cochlear implants?

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Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Different organs: Cochlear implants are used when the cochlea (conch shell looking organ) is dysfunctional. This places a wire with electrodes into the cochlea that artificially stimulates the cochlea and then the auditory nerve. A hearing aid works by amplifying sound but the patient much have functioning middle and inner ear. God bless.

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