This is a tough question to answer, as it varies for all patients. Initially, the most commonly reported sound qualities are described as:
- “talking with marbles in their mouth”
Some patients will only “feel” the stimulation when it is first turned on. It is very important to realize this is a process. Over time the sound quality will change as the brain re-learns the stimulation patterns provided by the cochlear implant. For the majority of patients, the sound quality will continually improve over the first six to twelve months.