A cochlear implant is a surgical procedure. The decision to receive an implant should involve discussions with many medical specialists and an experienced surgeon.
The process is expensive. Some may choose not to have a cochlear implant for a variety of personal reasons.
Also, though surgical implantation is almost always safe, complications are a risk factor, just as with any kind of surgery.
An additional consideration is learning to interpret the sounds created by an implant. This process takes time and practice.
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are the professionals frequently involved in this learning process.
Not everyone performs at the same level with a cochlear implant. Prior to implantation, all of these factors need to be discussed.
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