If you are struggling with hearing loss, it can be difficult to keep up with conversations or connect with your loved ones. At Hearing Associates, we believe that everyone should be able to hear without strain or discomfort. That's why we offer two cutting-edge solutions for moderate to severe hearing loss – cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing aids. If you haven't found success with a standard hearing aid, these modern remedies may be music to your ears. Connect with us today to speak with one of our experienced audiologists.
What Are Cochlear Implants & How Do They Work?
Cochlear implants are small electronic devices that are surgically implanted in the inner ear. Standard hearing aids amplify sound in damaged areas of your ear, but cochlear implants essentially replace the function of your damaged sensory cells. They can send sound signals directly to your auditory nerve, which picks up sound waves and delivers them to your brain. The cochlea’s auditory nerve fibers send these signals to the brain, which translates them into the sound you hear.
The installation of cochlear implants requires minor surgery performed by trusted local surgeons. Our doctors will make a small incision behind the ear to place the implant under the skin and insert the electrode into the inner ear. This outpatient procedure typically takes around two hours per ear. Since it is performed under general anesthesia, you may be required to stop taking certain medications or avoid eating and drinking beforehand. Our experienced team will ensure that this is a comfortable, stress-free process for you. We will discuss your specific instructions in great detail with you and ensure that you understand all possible risks ahead of time.
Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids – Like a cochlear implant, there may be an adjustment period before you can fully enjoy your bone anchored hearing aid. However, many patients will notice a marked improvement within three weeks to three months after their implantation. Bone anchored hearing aids can be used alongside accessories to enhance your experience.
Bone anchored hearing aids are also small electronic devices, but they are worn on the outside of your ear. They use vibrations to send sound signals directly to your inner ear, bypassing any damaged areas. The vibrations are generated by a titanium abutment that is surgically implanted in the bone behind your ear. This abutment is attached to a sound processor, which you wear behind your ear like a standard hearing aid. The sound processor converts sound waves into vibrations that are sent to the abutment. These vibrations are then transferred to the bone, and finally to the inner ear, where they are interpreted as sound.
Bone anchored hearing aids can be supplemented with a variety of accessories. They provide major benefits and will often drastically improve a patient's quality of life. These accessories include:
Your audiologist at Hearing Associates will be happy to discuss your options and find the hearing solution that works best for you.
With our team of professional audiologists at Hearing Associates, you can rest assured that you are at the forefront of hearing technology. We have helped countless patients regain their hearing and enhance their overall wellness. With years of experience in the industry, you can rely on our team at Hearing Associates. Contact us today to learn more about our cochlear implants or bone anchored hearing aids.