IamA profoundly deaf male who wears cochlear implants to hear! AMA!
I recently made a comment on a thread about bluetooth capability with cochlear implants and it blew up! Original thread and comment. I got so many questions that I thought I might make an AMA! Feel free to ask me anything about them!
*About me: * I was born profoundly deaf, and got my first cochlear implant at 18 months old. I got my left one when I was 6 years old. I have two brothers, one is also deaf and the other is not. I am the youngest out of all three. I'm about to finish my first year at college!
This is a very brief overview of how a cochlear implant works: There are 3 parts to the outer piece of the cochlear implant. The battery, the processor, and the coil. Picture of whole implant The battery powers it (duh). There are microphones on the processor which take in sound, processor turns the sound into digital code, the code goes up the coil  and through my head into the implant  which converts the code into electrical impulses. The blue snail shell looking thing  is the cochlea, and an electrode array is put through it. The impulses go through the array and send the signals to my brain. That's how I perceive sound! The brain is amazing enough to understand it and give me the ability to hear similarly to you all, just in a very different way!
My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/rpIUG
Update: Thank you all so much for your questions!! I didn't expect this to get as much attention as it did, but I'm sure glad it did! The more people who know about people like me the better! I need to sign off now, as I do have a software engineering project to get to. Thanks again, and I hope maybe you all learned something today.
p.s. I will occasionally chime in and answer some questions or replies