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Glossary of Hearing Loss and Hearing Restoration Related Terms

Cochlear Implant: a device that is surgically inserted into a person’s cochlea to stimulate it and therefore cause hearing.

Sensorineural [sen(t)s-rē-ˈnu̇r-əl] hearing loss: damage to the hair cells in the cochlea or the neural pathways of hearing.

Stapedotomy [stā′pē-dot′ŏ-mē]: A surgery given under anesthesia that includes making a hole in the footplate of the stapes bone in the inner ear. During the surgery, the study drug will be administered using a gene transfer approach.