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Invited Commentary
May 2013

The Significance of Cochlear Implant History

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(5):454. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.304

In their report, Mudry and Mills1 provide a richly detailed description of the early development of cochlear implantation. Refinements have since propelled this implantable technology and its processing strategies to address not only clinical deafness but severe and selected high-frequency sensorineural hearing losses. The result has been one of the most consequential developments in modern medicine. Thus, the historical treatment by Mudry and Mills1 is an important contribution to our literature.