Learn about cochlear implants, if you should get them, and how to get started
Hearing Implant Solutions
With the first signs of hearing loss, conversations become difficult, music becomes less enjoyable, and what you want to hear begins to blend into a background of noise. You may also begin to lose out on the life you have enjoyed with others. While hearing aids can significantly improve the quality of your life, as your hearing loss progresses, hearing aids may become less effective.
The loss of loudness is not the only issue with hearing loss — it is the loss of clarity that motivates most people to seek better hearing. When hearing aids no longer provide the clarity and comfort of sound you desire, hearing implants may offer the clarity you are seeking. Over the years, hearing implants have helped thousands of people to engage friends at a dinner party, participate in meetings with friends or at work, and enjoy the voices of children and grandchildren.
Hearing implant solutions are appropriate for many types of hearing loss, including high-frequency hearing loss, moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, and single-sided deafness. We can help you to identify the hearing implant which is right for you.
A cochlear implant bypasses the damaged part of the ear and directly stimulates the hearing nerve fiber so that sound is better understood in quiet and noisy settings. There are two main parts to an implant system: an external sound processor and an internal implant. The microphones on the external processor pick up the sounds and convert the sound into a digital signal that is transferred to the implant just under the skin. An internal implant is surgically implanted under the skin and a small set of electrodes inserted within the cochlea. The hearing nerve fibers in the cochlea pick up the signals and send them to the brain. There are two styles of external processors, and we can assist you to select the style that meets your hearing needs.
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The BAHA bone-conduction system can be a pathway to better hearing if you are living with single-sided deafness, conductive, or mixed hearing loss. While most hearing comes from sound waves traveling through the aid, you also hear from vibrations that pass through the bones in your head. The sound processor picks up sound from the environment and converts it into vibrations which are transferred through either an abutment or a magnetic attachment to a small titanium implant inserted in the bone behind the ear. The sound vibrations are then sent directly through the bone to the inner ear where they are converted into electrical impulses that travel directly to the brain, allowing you to perceive sound naturally. There are three head-worn processors designed to meet a different level of hearing loss and we can help you identify the appropriate system for you.
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Should you consider getting a cochlear implant?
If you are experiencing a severe hearing loss and the amount of benefit you are receiving from your hearing aids is limited, we want to reach out to you to start a conversation about hearing implants as an alternative to hearing aids.
If your hearing aids may not be providing the clarity you had hoped for and you may still struggle to understand in situations with many speakers and background noise, it may be possible to fulfill your desire for better hearing using a hearing implant.
How to get started
Over the past year, Audicare Hearing Centers has joined the Cochlear Provider Network with Cochlear Americas. We are now performing implant evaluations locally and can tell you immediately if your hearing qualifies you to proceed on this path. With a referral from your physician, insurances cover most of the cost of this evaluation and if you qualify, we can assist you on your next step.
An otolaryngologist, will review the surgical process with you, answer your questions about the surgical experience and help you decide if this next step is right for you. We can put you in touch with others, if you like, who have received a cochlear implant and are willing to share their experience with you. If BAHA is an option for you, we can demonstrate the benefit you are likely to receive from the implant. If you decide to proceed, we will help you choose the right processor and the style and accessories that best suit your needs.
The cochlear implant surgery is usually a short outpatient procedure, and within days you can be back at your daily activities. After the healing is complete in 2-3 weeks, you will return to Audicare to begin the activation process. The activation of the implant is a gradual process. If it has been many years since you have heard clearly, you will need to learn to recognize speech and understand conversations once again. The evidence of clinical trials is that most individuals over time, significantly improve their understanding in quiet and in background noise. You can receive the support, training, and assistance to reach your goals here at Audicare Hearing Centers.
The decision to pursue a hearing implant could help you to reach your hearing goals for the first time in a long time. You may be able to participate in conversations as easily as you have wanted to participate, and you may reach the point that hearing loss no longer holds you back from the life you desire.
Take the first step today. Schedule an appointment for a cochlear candidacy evaluation at Audicare. We can answer your questions, decide if this is an option for you, and help you on the first steps of a journey to the hearing you have always wanted. This could be your opportunity to hear clearly again. What’s your reason for better hearing? Why wait?