In situations of profound hearing loss or hearing loss progression, it may be that even the most powerful hearing aids will no longer help. If you are finding that this is the case, you should first talk to your audiologist to find out about your options.
It might be that you simply need to upgrade your hearing aids, as new technology is improving them all the time. Or it might be that you would benefit from assistive listening devices to work alongside your hearing aids.
Here are some of the signs that your hearing aids might not be providing enough benefit:
- A feeling that people are mumbling when they speak to you
- Withdrawing from conversations because it is too difficult to understand what is being said
- Turning up the TV to a volume that is uncomfortable to others
- Reading lips to understand what is being said
If you are experiencing some of these symptoms then it may be time to consider an alternative solution such as having a cochlear implant. A cochlear implant requires a surgical procedure to implant a medical device. This device replaces the function of the inner ear (known as the cochlea) and mimics natural hearing.
Cochlear implants have two parts:
- An external sound processor
- An implant that is surgically placed under the skin. The implant is also attached to electrode array that is placed in the inner ear.
These parts allow sound to bypass the part of the ear that isn’t working and send sound straight to the hearing nerve.
For those with severe hearing loss, they can be life changing, restoring the ability to interact with the people and life around them.
To discuss your options for severe hearing loss, please contact Steven Hale today.