|A great example of pronunciation variations! Photo credit: Wikipedia|
Before you decide to debate with me, let me make it clear - both pronunciations, COCH(K)-lear (think of Heather Locklear as an example) and CO-chlear are both technically correct. In my case, it's a matter of preference, and comfort in saying it.
I personally prefer saying CO-chlear. Just so we're on the same page.
COCH(K)-lear, without getting into specifics, sounds like it's an implant for a male body part, quite possibly for the man's playground. Hint hint.
COCH(K)-lear just sounds weird to me. Even just saying it makes me feel awkward.
I choose to say CO-chlear, because I like the way it sounds. It sounds more CO-operative. Hearing should be CO-operative because it works in sync with the rest of our senses. Hearing works together with all the sounds that are being distributed around us. Hearing is also the CO-ordination of our brain activity; if we hear something wrong, we're more likely to say something different and/or something inappropriate(i.e. What would you like in your coffee? = What would you like in your *muffled word*?). When we have the proper CO-ordination of sound to the brain, our decision/response making skills are more accurate, so to speak.
|A basic diagram showing how the cochlear implant works. You can find more information on this at Cochlear.com (they have a pretty neat video too) Photo Credit: Wikipedia|
Take this as my 2 cents for the pronunciation of cochlear. The English language is so darn confusing sometimes... What's your 2 cents?