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Week: 580.2  

Guest: Audiologist Peter Arkis, Warren Otologic Group, Warren OH 

Topic: Cochlear implants 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: The deaf hear again...coming up... 

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NEMA: Some deaf people can hear again, thanks to cochlear implants. Peter Arkis of Warren Otologic Group in Ohio.... 

ARKIS: What we do with the cochlear implant is we implant tiny wires or electrodes in the inner ear to replace the hair cells, or the nerve endings. So the implant has a microphone somebody wears, similar to a hearing aid microphone, picks up the sound....but the sound is converted into an electrical energy, and those electrical impulses are placed on the electrodes in the cochlea...so we're replacing those little nerve endings.  

NEMA: The auditory nerve is used to transmitting electrical energy to the sound center of the brain...but the voices patients hear can be a bit funny...  

ARKIS: I've had people tell me I sound anything from Mickey Mouse to Darth Vader. But their auditory system, their brain, adapts to this sound and it becomes more normal sounding to them.  

NEMA: What price hearing? About 40 thousand dollars. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter. 


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