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Hearing aids aren't enough? Try cochlear implants

Posted: 7:43 AM, Oct 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-15 17:16:45-04

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Learn about cochlear implants if your hearing aids are not helping you hear

There are a lot of people with hearing loss who may be frustrated with their hearing aids because they are no longer helping them hear enough sounds or understand speech and conversations. If you or your loved one have moderate to profound hearing loss, are struggling to hear in your hearing aids and are seeking a new solution to help with your hearing, a cochlear implant may help.

Hearing aids are typically the first step to treating hearing loss, and they are great for someone with a mild to moderate hearing loss who needs sound to be amplified or made louder. But, as hearing loss progresses, sounds need to be made louder and also clearer. If hearing loss has progressed beyond receiving benefit from a hearing aid-when it sounds like listening to a loud, badly tuned radio and the words are not clear anymore-cochlear implants may help.

A cochlear implant is an FDA-approved, surgically implanted medical device that replaces the function of damaged sensory hair cells inside the inner ear, called the cochlea. Cochlear implants can help you get access to the sounds you're missing, and they are designed to help you hear better and improve speech understanding in everyday situations, including noisy environments like restaurants and large family gatherings. Additionally, most cochlear implants are covered by Medicare. They are also covered by many insurance plans and typically Medicaid.*

A recent study by Cochlear found 93 percent of people significantly improved their speech understanding with a cochlear implant compared to a hearing aid, and 83 percent of those individuals reported a statistically significant improvement in Quality of Life after receiving their cochlear implant.1

If you or your loved one has been using hearing aids for years and you're frequently returning for adjustments but you still are not hearing fully, it's time to have your hearing tested by an audiologist who is a hearing implant specialist. They will be able to test you appropriately to see if you qualify for a cochlear implant.

To learn more about cochlear implants and to find a Phoenix-area hearing implant specialist, visit www.Cochlear.us/PHX or call 833-PHXHear OR 833-749-4327 today to get help for your hearing loss.

1. Clinical Evaluation of the Cochlear Nucleus CI532 Cochlear Implants in Adults Investigator Meeting. 2019 Apr.

* Covered for Medicare beneficiaries who meet CMS criteria for coverage. Coverage for adult Medicaid recipients varies according to state specific guidelines. Contact your insurance provider or hearing implant specialist to determine your eligibility for coverage.

Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear