The cochlear implant is a life-changing implant that can help people with significant hearing loss understand speech. The device is surgically implanted and may be an option for both young children and adults. But there is controversy surrounding the implants with some people in the deaf community who think they are an insult to their culture.
The implants can also put people at risk for certain complications and injuries. Lawsuits are now pending in federal court against one manufacturer of cochlear implants for damages suffered as a result of the implants.