The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) is offering the presentation “Improving Damaged Hearing: Cochlear Implants” by David Sheaffer, MA, senior audiologist for diagnostics and cochlear implants at the U.C. Davis Medical Center’s Department of Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat). The event is Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on Modesto Junior College’s West Campus and both the program and parking are free. Sign language interpreters provided by MJC Disabled Student Programs and Services will translate this MAPS program.
Children and adults with moderate to profound hearing loss who cannot be helped with hearing aids may be helped with cochlear implants. With this type of hearing loss, there is damage to tiny hair cells in the part of the inner ear called the cochlea. Because of this damage, sound cannot reach the auditory nerve.
Sheaffer will discuss how cochlear implants provide direct electrical stimulation to the hearing nerve in the inner ear, bypassing the damaged hair cells. The cochlear implant does not result in “restored” or “cured” hearing. However, it allows for the perception of the sensation of sound.
The MAPS event is intended for people over 12 years of age. MAPS programs are made possible by contributions from ASMJC, the MJC Foundation and the MJC STEM program.For more information about the MAPS program visit the website http://maps.events.mjc.edu/, the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Modesto-Area-Partners-in-Science/244618054801.