Cochlear implants ‘may improve cognitive decline’ in older adults

Approximately 1 in 3 Americans aged 65 and over have some form of hearing loss. Though many of these individuals benefit from conventional treatments, such as hearing aids, those with more severe hearing loss may require a cochlear implant.

A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that stimulates the auditory nerve in the ear. The implant consists of two parts: an external section that holds a microphone, transmitter/stimulator and speech processor, and an internal section made up of electrodes that are placed under the skin behind the ear. An external magnetic disk connects the two parts. Read the full article at Medical News Today.