The Truth About Cochlear Implants

Are you straining to hear each day, even when using powerful hearing aids?

Are you feeling frustrated and sometimes exhausted from from listening? Whether it happens suddenly or gradually over time, hearing loss can affect you physically and emotionally. Being able to hear impacts your ability to communicate with your loved ones, socialize in noisy environments, talk on the phone, and may force you to rely on your family members to interpret for you.

Cochlear implants work differently than hearing aids. Rather than amplifying sound, they use sophisticated software and state-of-the-art electronic components to provide access to sounds you’ve been missing. They are designed to help you hear better and understand speech in all situations.

Ask an Expert: How are Cochlear Implants different from Hearing Aids?

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Peter Weber, M.D. Cochlear Medical Adviser

Q: How are cochlear implants different than hearing aids?
A: Hearing aids help many people by making the sounds they hear louder. Unfortunately, as hearing loss progresses, sounds need to not only be made louder, they need to be made clearer. Cochlear implants can help give that clarity, especially in noisy environments. If you suffer from high frequency hearing loss but maintain your hearing in the low frequencies, there is a solution called Hybrid™ Hearing that may be able to help as well. Be sure to discuss your options with a Hearing Implant Specialist in your area.

Q: Are cochlear implants covered by Medicare?
A: Yes, by Medicare and most private insurance plans.

Q: How do I know a cochlear implant will work for me? 
A: The technology is very reliable. In fact, it has been around for over 30 years and has helped change over 400,000 people’s lives worldwide.

Q: Is it a major surgery?
A: No, not at all. In fact, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis and typically takes just a couple hours.

Q: Am I too old to get a cochlear implant?
A: No, it’s never too late to regain access to the sounds you’re missing.


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Article originally posted in Cochlear Americas magazine, used with permission