The cochlea is the ‘organ of hearing’, the part of the inner ear which converts vibrations of sound into nerve impulses that are sent to the brain. A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that is implanted surgically within the inner ear to help those with certain types of deafness. They cannot cure deafness, but do help some hearing-impaired people distinguish the sounds of language clearly enough to participate in a verbal environment. For children who are born deaf, a cochlear implant can greatly increase their ability to participate in school and other environments. Whereas hearing aids amplify (increase) sound, cochlear implants try to make up for damaged or non-working parts of the inner ear. The implant electronically finds useful sounds, processes them and then sends them to the brain.
Michel graduated from The University of Auckland and completed his training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery with The Royal Australasian College . . .