Improvements in the Quality of Life of the Hearing Impaired: Modern Technology Impact

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Improvements in the Quality of Life of the Hearing Impaired: Modern Technologies Impact

Improvements in the Quality of Life of the Hearing Impaired: Modern Technologies Impact
The hearing impaired, including people who are deaf and are hard of hearing, have a wide variety of technology presented to them to improve their lifestyles. Researchers and manufacturers have improved their products and psychologists, who specialize in deaf studies, have improved techniques to expand the possibilities the hearing impaired have. While speech therapy and psychological therapy have had an impact, modern technology has had the largest impact of the lives of the hearing impaired. These advancements are very important
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The organization states that this implant can not restore normal hearing, instead it can give the person a useful representation of sounds in the environment and help them to understand speech. With all of these pieces the cochlear implant works very different from a hearing aid. Hearing aids amplify sound so they may be detected by damaged ears, while cochlear implants bypass the damages and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. The signals generated by the implant are sent to the auditory nerve, which then send the signals to the brain. The brain then recognizes the signals as sound. According to the NIDCD (2013a) the cochlear implant can be helpful to many different people. Both children and adults can be fitted for cochlear implants and as stated by the Food and Drug Administration, as of December 2012, approximately 324,000 people have cochlear implants worldwide. In the U.S. alone, about 58,000 adults and 38,000 children have them. Adults who have lost their hearing often benefit from cochlear implants due to the signs they receive can easily be associated with sounds they have heard before with practice. Children who receive implants also strive, especially when the implant is paired with sign language and post-implantation therapy. The organization says most get their implants
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