When Hearing Aids Are Not Enough…
“I can hear, but I can’t understand!” This is a common challenge for individuals with hearing loss. Hearing impacts so many aspects of a person’s overall health that it is really important to treat a hearing loss, especially as the hearing loss progresses. While hearing aids have long been the gold standard treatment for hearing loss and help so many patients improve their overall quality of life, sometimes a patient’s hearing loss progresses to the point that hearing aids are no longer enough. In these cases, a cochlear implant may be the solution.
FAQs About Cochlear Implants
What is a Cochlear Implant?
Cochlear implants are a proven medical treatment option for individuals with significant hearing loss and are the most appropriate option to treat severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. They are not new, they have been FDA-approved for nearly 40 years.
How is a Cochlear Implant Different From a Hearing Aid?
Why do some people struggle with hearing aids? Hearing aids rely on the ear structures to receive amplified sounds and send that information to the brain. Cochlear implants treat hearing loss not by sending amplified sound into the ear canal, but rather by replacing the function of damaged sensory cells in the inner ear and stimulating the hearing nerve directly.
A cochlear implant has two parts, a processor and an implant. There are two style options for the processor which can be worn behind the ear, or off the ear. The processor has microphones that pick up the sound and send it to an implant that is surgically placed under the scalp and connects to a series of electrodes that the surgeon places in the inner ear. The electrodes receive sound information and stimulate the hearing nerve. The surgery has very minimal risk, is done as an outpatient procedure, and takes about one hour.
How Well Can I Expect to Hear with a Cochlear Implant?
How Much Does it Cost?
How Do I Know if a Cochlear Implant is Right for Me?
What Happens After Surgery?
Am I Too Old?
At The Hearing Place, we like to remind patients that you are never too old to hear! You are also never too old to receive a cochlear implant. The average age to receive a cochlear implant is 65, though audiologists on our team have worked with cochlear implant patients who are well into their 90s. Our oldest cochlear implant user is currently 99.