I hope this is in the right place…I figured that this question doesn’t just have one factual answer, so it was more suited to here than GQ.
So, I’m writing a story in which there is a character who was born profoundly deaf, and got a cochlear implant on one side when he was an infant. I have read a little about cochlear implants and realize that they don’t “cure” the person’s deafness, and the hearing that is gained is not the same as a “normal” person’s hearing. So, I was wondering what would be a reasonable expectation would be as to how well he would be able to hear and understand speech, considering that he gets the implant when he’s very young? Would he have any difference in the sound of his voice, such as some deaf people (like Marlee Matlin, for example) have? I’m eager not to give offense with my story, as much as possible (I know that there are a lot of contentious issues involved in cochlear implants, and some people will be offended by the mere fact that he has one, but I want to at least get the descriptions of his hearing abilities right.)