What does a cochlear implant sound like?

It is not possible to say for sure what a cochlear implant will sound like. Also, it will differ from person to person. Simulations can be made of the processing, but it is very hard to simulate the effects of a damaged inner ear.

However, a good website to play around with simulations is from Angel de la Torre at University of Granada, Spain.  If you download the program, you can make simulations of your own sounds (.wav files) or even record your own voice.

Link to Simulation Program

Here are some examples.  Click on the speaker icons to the right of the description to hear the relevant sounds:


Man’s voice Simulation of man’s voice
Woman’s voice Simulation of woman’s voice
Child’s voice Simulation of child’s voice
Pop music Simulation of pop music


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