Cochlear implant surgery is done in a hospital or clinic. The surgery lasts 2 to 4 hours. You are given medicine (general anesthesia) to make you sleep during the procedure.

  • The surgeon makes a cut behind the ear to open up the mastoid bone.
  • Then the surgeon makes a small cut in the cochlea. He or she inserts the implant electrodes into the cochlea.
  • The surgeon places an electronic device called the receiver under the skin behind the ear.
  • The incisions are then closed and you will be moved into the recovery area and watched closely.
  • You may go home the same day. Or you may need to stay in the facility overnight.
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