Our bodies are designed with two ears for many important reasons. Listening with two ears:
Leads to better understanding in background noise
Allows for improved ability to detect where sound is coming from and
Gives speech a “boost” in volume
In addition, listening with two ears lessens the amount of work it takes the brain to understand speech and can lead to an improved quality of life.
For people whose hearing loss is severe, two hearing aids may not be very helpful. However, research, anecdotal evidence and experience tells us that using a hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other ear can improve clarity of speech, even more so than using just one cochlear implant.
This has been demonstrated over and over to the point where two cochlear implant companies have partnered with hearing aid companies to create compatibility between the cochlear implant and hearing aid. This not only leads to the great benefits discussed above but also allows streaming of phone calls and other media to both ears at the same and easier access to program or volume changes.
To learn more about your hearing aid and/or cochlear implant options, give our office a call at 904-399-0350 for a hearing evaluation.
If you or someone you love has a severe hearing loss you probably know the impact it can have on your relationships with friends and family and overall quality of life. Many people with severe hearing loss have tried hearing aids with little success and continue to struggle with understanding conversation. The good news is that there is an effective treatment that is designed to help provide clarity when traditional hearing aids cannot. Click on the link below to view a presentation by Jacksonville Hearing and Balance, together with Cochlear Americas, about cochlear implants and how they can lead improved speech clarity and a better quality of life.
If you think you have severe hearing loss, please consider seeing a specialist. The type of hearing loss depends on which part of the ear is damaged. Please visit Cochlear.com for more important information regarding hearing loss:
Sensoineural – can occur as you get older or at birth. Most people say they are able to hear, but don’t always understand what people are saying. This is due to damage of the inner ear. Depending on the amount of hearing loss, a cochlear implantcan be very beneficial.
Conductive – when hearing loss is due to problems with the outer ear or middle ear
Mixed – refers to a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss
Single-sided Deafness – Refers to no hearing or very little hearing in only one ear and normal hearing in the other ear. This type of hearing loss can be treated with a cochlear implant or a bone conduction implant.
The first step is seeking treatment for your hearing loss is recognizing that you may not be able to hear your friends and family as well as you used to. You may find yourself missing out on fun social events or meaningful conversations. A hearing implant is a very successful hearing loss treatment that provides the ability to hear when hearing aids no longer work for you.
Whether your hearing loss is caused by noise exposure through work or recreation, or simply genetics, a hearing implant allows speech to be not only louder but clearer.
A hearing implant is a device that is surgically implanted under the skin behind the ear and works together with an external device to collect and transmit sound to the brain. Continue reading →