Hearing Aids

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Hearing aids are a solution to a problem that millions of Americans face every single day; the inability to hear what they want to hear. Hearing aids are sound-amplifying devices designed to aid people who have a hearing impairment. Over 33 million children and adults in the United States have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can have a negative effect on communication, relationships, school/work performance, and emotional well-being.

We’re glad you decided to read a little bit about hearing loss and hearing aids. We understand that this is a big step for many people. We hope the information provided on these pages helps you understand that there is a solution to the problem.

Most hearing aids share several similar electronic components, including a microphone that picks up sound; amplifier circuitry that makes the sound louder; a miniature loudspeaker (receiver) that delivers the amplified sound into the ear canal; and batteries that power the electronic parts.

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Statistics

  • At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.
  • 60% of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
  • While people in the workplace with the mildest hearing losses show little or no drop in income, as the hearing loss increases, compensation decreases.
  • Almost 15% of school-age children (ages 6-19) have some degree of hearing loss.

Hearing Aid Styles

Invisible in Canal

  • 100% Invisible when worn
  • Hear clearly in noise
  • Sculpted for your ear canal
  • Highest definition sound quality
invisible

Completely in Canal

  • Cosmetically desirable
  • Programmed to have automatic or push button settings
  • Requires good manual dexterity
ear molds
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In the Ear

  • Easy to insert into the ear because of its larger size
  • Easy-to-operate larger features such as volume control
  • Used to help mild to severe hearing loss
in the canal

In the Canal

  • Barely visible in the ear
  • Easy to use with the telephone
  • May not fit well in small ears

Cochlear Implants

Cochlear hearing implants have helped over 450,000 people hear. And no matter how many people we help, no matter how big that number gets, we still get choked up every time we see the priceless expression of someone being able to hear, either again or for the very first time. Innovation is the basis of what we do. Besides being the leading global expert in implantable hearing solutions, we invest millions in research and development to ensure you’ll have access to future advancements as they become available.

Some of today’s innovations include:

  • Innovative technology that fits your lifestyle with true wireless freedom
  • Smallest and most advanced sound processors for your best hearing performance
  • Dual-microphone and SmartSound® iQ technology make listening easier – especially in noise
  • First and only behind-the-ear waterproof solution
  • Portfolio of hearing implant technology to fit your hearing loss
  • First and only FDA-approved hearing solution that combines two proven hearing technologies to use the hearing you have and provide access to the hearing you’re missing with the Cochlear™ Nucleus® Hybrid™ Hearing System

It’s all done with one goal in mind – to help you hear better today, tomorrow and into the future.

Expectations with a Cochlear Implant

AUDIBILITY
A cochlear implant will allow you to hear many sounds that you are not currently able to hear. This may be overwhelming at first. However, with time and practice you will get used to hearing these new sounds.

UNDERSTANDING SPEECH
We expect you to be able to understand speech better after you get a cochlear implant. However, a cochlear implant does not give you normal hearing. Even with a cochlear implant, it will always be easier to understand when you are looking at the person talking, especially if there is noise in the room. We do not know how well you will be able to understand speech but expect that you will understand better than you can currently understand with your hearing aid(s). Not everyone hears the same with a cochlear implant. For example, a person who has only had hearing loss a short time will usually hear better with a cochlear implant than someone who has been deaf for many years. Sometimes people hear differently with a cochlear implant and we don’t understand the reason.

SPEECH IN NOISE
We expect your speech understanding in noise to improve over time after you get a cochlear implant. However, if there is noise in the room, you will always have more difficulty understanding speech than if the room is quiet. People with hearing loss often say they have trouble understanding when there is noise. This is true for people who use hearing aids and for people who use cochlear implants. In an auditorium or a church/synagogue it may be more difficult for you to understand the speaker than if you were in a quiet room that was smaller and carpeted (e.g. a living room). You may need to use assistive listening devices, like FM or infrared systems, in background noise or an auditorium type setting to improve your understanding.

TELEVISION
Understanding the television should be easier with the cochlear implant than with your hearing aids. However, most people who have a cochlear implant and who used closed captioning before their implant still need some closed captioning after the implant to aid in understanding. Television ‘programs with background music/sounds may be very difficult to follow.