Meaning of cochlear implant

coch'lear im'plant

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a device consisting of microelectrodes that deliver electrical stimuli directly to the auditory nerve when surgically implanted into the cochlea, enabling a person with sensorineural deafness to hear. Also called
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