Hearing aids use the natural sound path to transmit sounds to the brain. In some cases, the inner ear (cochlea) becomes so damaged that it cannot adequately transmit sound to the brain resulting in hearing which is distorted and unclear, not unlike listening to a badly tuned radio or worse. At this point a hearing aid provides little or no assistance.
What does a cochlear implant do?
A cochlear implant bypasses the damaged part of the cochlea by converting sounds into an electrical message which can ultimately be read or perceived by the brain. It takes time and practice with the implant for the brain to be able to do this.
A cochlear implant may be an option if you:
- struggle to hear someone speak to you in a quiet place with well fitted hearing aids.
- frequently mishear conversations.
- feel anxious because of your poor hearing.
- rely heavily on lip reading with well fitted hearing aids.
- have a moderate to severe hearing loss and cannot wear hearing aids for medical reasons.
- have lost the hearing in one ear.
We work closely with your doctor and hearing aid professional to establish whether a cochlear implant is an option for you. We are always available to discuss your case with you or your hearing aid provider.