Beyond a hearing aid - cochlear implants

POSTED: 8:51 AM PDT June 5, 2013    UPDATED: 11:55 AM PDT June 20, 2013 

By Mayo Clinic News Network

Imagine what life would be like if you lost your hearing.

No music, sounds of nature or listening to the voices of your loved ones.

But some people with profound hearing loss do have options beyond a hearing aid.  In the right patients, cochlear implants offer the chance to hear again.