This booklet is designed to supplement the information pack which MED-EL has supplied to your Cochlear Implant Team. You may already have worked through all or part of that pack with someone from your Implant Team, in which case this booklet will act as a reminder of what you have covered/ or you may be reading this in advance of such discussions with your Implant Team. In this booklet we will look at the ear and how we hear and the causes and treatments of hearing loss; then we focus on the cochlear implant system, how it works and who can benefit from it and the general steps involved in obtaining an implant if, indeed, it is the appropriate treatment for you or your family member. If you need any further information or explanation, please ask your Cochlear Implant Team.

Understanding CI