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What are cochlear implants?

A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. They are designed to provide hearing to those with profound deafness. Part of the device is surgically implanted into the inner ear and part is worn externally. As a prosthetic device, the cochlear implant stimulates the auditory or hearing nerve directly, bypassing the damaged part of the inner ear or cochlea.

Cochlear implants can help:


  • Must demonstrate a moderate to severe/profound sensorineural hearing loss
  • Have limited benefit from optimally fitted amplification
  • Hearing loss can be acquired before (pre-linguistic) or after (post-linguistic) learning speech and language
  • No medical contraindications
  • Realistic expectations and a desire to be a part of the hearing world


  • Age 0-18 years
  • Severe-to-Profound sensorineural hearing loss bilaterally
  • Receive little or no benefit from appropriate hearing aids
  • No medical contraindications
  • An educational placement where the development of listening and speaking skills is emphasized
  • Family support that includes the commitment to the rehabilitative process

Before receiving a cochlear implant, an extensive evaluation is performed that includes a hearing aid evaluation, an audiological evaluation, an otological evaluation, CT scan, a speech-language evaluation, and possibly a psychological evaluation. These tests are performed to ensure that candidacy requirements have been met and that certain benefits may be provided by the implant. Counseling will also be provided by the cochlear implant team regarding the benefits and risks of cochlear implantation.

*Information borrowed from the Canadian Academy of Audiology

A long time client of ours Lorna Sawatsky was involved in a project with Sunnybrook Hospital. Yamaha teamed up with their cochlear implant department to produce a video about music and hearing (or lack of it).

This whole unbelievable journey would not have been possible without you, your encouragement and support. I am deeply grateful.


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The process of hearing includes both the ear and the brain. The ear changes the sound vibrations into a signal that can be understood by the brain. The ear has three parts - the middle, inner and outer ear - and each part of the ear has a different job.

The vibration of the eardrum moves the three small bones (called ossicles) in the middle ear. Common names for the bones are the hammer, anvil, and stirrup. They are also known as the malleus, incus, and stapes. These bones amplify the vibration and transfer the sound waves to the inner ear (the cochlea). This is where the ear drum resides. Often, hearing loss occurs in the middle ear.
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During a trip to New Brunswick this past summer, Juliane was honoured to be able to purchase this fish statue!

It is made entirely out of recycled materials including pop tabs and tin cans. We received it at our clinic this past week along with this lovely note from the artist, Alanna Baird from Tin Fish - studio page.
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