Logo for the Journal of Rehab R and D

JRRD at a Glance


Cochlear implants: Current designs and future possibilities

Blake S. Wilson, Michael F. Dorman

The cochlear implant is the most successful of all neural prostheses developed to date. It is the most effective prosthesis of restoration of function, and the number of people who have received a cochlear implant outnumber the recipients of other types of neural prostheses by orders of magnitude. We provide an overview of cochlear implants from the perspective of two designers of implant systems. The design and performance of present-day systems are described, as are strengths and limitations of those systems. Possibilities for improvement and future designs are presented in the concluding section.


Volume 45 Number 5, 2008
   Pages 695 — 730


View HTML   ¦    View PDF   ¦    Contents Vol. 45, No. 5