The first commercial cochlear implants were approved by the FDA in the
What is an Otolaryngologist?
Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical
management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear,
nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly
referred to as ENT physicians.
What is a Neurotologist?
Neurotologists are subspecialists within the field of Otolaryngology (Ear,
Nose and Throat) who focus on the neurology and neurosurgery of the ear. This
includes the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of hearing and balance
disorders, the facial nerve, the ear and temporal bone, and related structures
such as the skull base and brainstem.
The human ears are completely mechanical. Unlike your sense of smell, taste
and vision, which all involve chemical reactions; your hearing system is based
solely on physical movement.
The cochlear implant is the most expensive implant placed in the human