Cochlear devices offer opportunities for children who cannot hear

12/27/2009 | Toronto Star, The

Two Toronto brothers with hearing impairments are able to play ice hockey with the help of cochlear implants that bypass their damaged inner ears and send sound signals directly to their auditory nerves. Although it can take many years for people to train their brains to interpret the sound signals as speech, the cochlear implants also allow the boys to attend a mainstream school with minimal assistance.

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