Home > Medical > Hearing management > FAQs 20 July 2004 What are cochlear implants and how do they work? During cochlear implantation an electrical apparatus is surgically implanted into the bone behind the ear. It consists of a microphone (which receives sounds), a speech processor (which selects usable sounds) and a coil (which decodes and sends electric impulses to the electrodes). These components are worn externally. 0 Ask Hearing Care expert » You could win R2000 Win R1000 in cash! During cochlear implantation an electrical apparatus is surgically implanted into the bone behind the ear. It consists of a microphone (which receives sounds), a speech processor (which selects usable sounds) and a coil (which decodes and sends electric impulses to the electrodes). These components are worn externally. More in Medical Hearing Care expert FAQs More: Hearing managementFAQs SPONSORED: What is tinnitus and is it caused by exposure to loud noises? Leading audiologist Susan Swart explains what tinnitus is and whether or not it can be caused by exposure to loud noises. SPONSORED: Managing tinnitus using mindfulness Leading audiologist Susan Swart discusses the use of mindfulness as a technique for coping with tinnitus, a ringing or noise in the ears. Mindfulness involves an awareness of oneself and one's body in the present, consciously and without passing judgement. SPONSORED: 5 most mysterious sounds ever recorded Mysterious, eerie noises have frequently been heard over the years, many of which cannot be explained. These are some of the strangest noises ever recorded. SPONSORED: 7 week old baby smiles as he hears for the first time Watch baby Lachlan smile as he hears for the first time at 7 weeks old! In the heart warming video, Lachlan, who was diagnosed with hearing loss, is fitted with his first hearing aid. Lachlan's parents told the Daily Mail that they are very happy to be able to share this special moment with the world! SPONSORED: Deaf and drop-dead gorgeous Deaf people don't have to live a life different to their hearing counterparts. Check out these beauties crowned 'Miss Deaf SA' over the last three years. SPONSORED: Video: 'Fake' interpreter vs. the real one Here are two videos showing a qualified sign language interpreter next to 'fake' interpreter, Thamsanqa Jantjies, at the Mandela Memorial Service. See the difference for yourself. SPONSORED: How noise affects your health Listening to loud noises for long periods can have a huge impact on your health, one of which is permanent deafness. SPONSORED: The worst noise makers in your office Find out what’s causing the racket in your office and how you can stop it. Check out this infographic from Visual.ly. SPONSORED: Just how far away can we hear someone scream? Just how loudly can a human scream? Here are some fascinating facts on hearing. Check how many of these things you knew. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Mental health Most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics Medical Poor sleep linked to inflammation in teens News Tygerberg opens HIV biorepository Medical Laser used to remove tattoos may help reduce acne scars Medical How to get a handle on your heartburn Sex ‘The Institute of Sexology’ exhibition From our sponsors Dagga is more dangerous than previously thought Cannabis users risk health, wellbeing and achievement Legalising marijuana cuts drug overdose deaths Early, heavy pot use tied to later-life disability Live healthier Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health. Vitamin wise » Vitamins for HIV What to eat for vitamin B? Cut down on vitamins All you need to know about vitamins Find out which vitamin to use for which condition. Ask our Vitamin expert.