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 implant can 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