Ask yourself this: How often do you think about your ability to hear? Or this: How much would you, or your loved ones, be affected if your hearing was diminished, or lost completely? Not a pretty picture, so learn here how to best protect this incredible gift.  
Cochlear implants can improve not just hearing, but cognitive function, in older patients. They have also helped toddlers with impaired or absent hearing to learn to speak normally, if utilized at an appropriate age, between 12 and 18 months.
A new device for severe hearing impairment has just been FDA-approved, a cochlear implant for sensorineural hearing loss, a common and often disabling condition.