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As an adult who is considering solutions for hearing loss, you may be wondering if an implantable solution, like a cochlear implant or a bone conduction implant, is right for you.

A common myth we’ve heard from adults seeking hearing loss solutions is that implantable solutions are only for kids, which is simply not true. There are a variety of implantable hearing solutions available for adults today particularly when hearing aids are not providing optimal benefit.

If you find you are struggling to hear in group situations, carry on a conversation one-on-one with a familiar family member or you are no longer able to confidently talk on the telephone then you may want to consider exploring other hearing solutions.

Implantable hearing solutions that exist for adults include:

  • Cochlear implant: A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that helps adults with moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss who receive limited benefit from hearing aids to experience better hearing. In contrast to a hearing aid, which simply makes sounds louder, a cochlear implant bypasses the damaged part of your ear that no longer works and delivers digital sound signals right to your hearing nerve. See a video of how a cochlear implant works here.

 

 

 

  • Hybrid™ Hearing*: Hybrid Hearing combines the amplification of a hearing aid with cochlear implant technology all in one device. It may be a solution for someone with severe high-frequency hearing loss and mild to moderate low-frequency hearing loss. Cochlear was the first company to offer a Hybrid Hearing solution. See how Hybrid Hearing works here.

 

 

 

 

  • Baha®/bone conduction hearing device: A Baha/bone conduction hearing device is a medical device that uses your natural ability to conduct sound through bone to bypass the damaged part of your ear, sending sound directly to your inner ear. Those with single-sided deafness, conductive hearing loss or mixed hearing loss may benefit from this device. The Baha device may also be an option for someone facing hearing loss from Treacher Collins syndrome, chronic ear infections, microtia/atresia, Down syndrome and acoustic neuroma. See a video of how the Baha Attract System works here and the Baha Connect System here.

 

 

Cochlear implants and other implantable devices may provide improved benefit to adults who meet the candidacy criteria regardless of age. In fact, many adults enjoy the benefits of implantable solutions well beyond their 80s!

If you or a loved one are struggling with your hearing aids, it may be time to explore other options.

To learn more about the above options, we encourage you to request a free information guide here or contact a hearing implant specialist here.

Every moment matters, so don’t wait! With so many effective treatment options available today, why wait to address your hearing loss? Take action and find the solution that’s right for you today.

* The Acoustic Component should only be used when behavioral audiometric thresholds can be obtained and the recipient can provide feedback regarding sound quality.
Renee Oehlerking
Renee Oehlerking is the Public Relations Manager at Cochlear Americas where she is responsible for the region’s public relations and consumer marketing social media. Renee enjoys uncovering, telling and showcasing the inspiring stories of hearing implant recipients. As a recent transplant to Denver, Colorado, Renee enjoys exploring all that the state has to offer outdoors.