What To Do When Hearing Aids Have Stopped Helping You Hear
Are you wearing powerful hearing aids and still straining to hear what is being said in a conversation? Is talking on the phone increasingly difficult? Have you stopped listening to music because it is no longer enjoyable? Do you avoid noisy, social situations because it has become more and more difficult to engage in conversations?
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Hearing aids help many people by making the sounds they hear louder. Unfortunately as hearing loss progresses, sounds need to be made louder and clearer. If hearing loss has progressed beyond receiving benefit from a hearing aid, using only a hearing aid can be like listening to a loud, badly tuned radio. It may be loud enough to hear parts of what is said, but the words are not clear anymore.
If life has started to sound like a loud, badly tuned radio, it is time to consider a different hearing solution like a cochlear implant.
A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted medical device that replaces the function of the inner ear (cochlea) and is designed to mimic natural hearing. Cochlear implants help those with moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears who are not receiving enough benefit when using hearing aids. Additionally, unlike hearing aids, most cochlear implants are covered by Medicare. They are also covered by many insurance plans and typically Medicaid.*
A cochlear implant is designed to provide clearer sound to help you understand what is being said, especially in noisy environments like conversations in loud restaurants. Struggling to hear and communicate can be stressful if your hearing aids are no longer providing you enough benefit. Cochlear implant technology and innovations today can help you to regain your ability to hear conversations and communicate with family and friends, talk on the phone, listen to music, watch and hear the TV, and so much more.
Tom Kelley, 72, was doing well with hearing aids for years until even the most powerful hearing aids stopped providing him enough benefit.
“I was still hearing okay, but I wasn't understanding what I heard,” said Mr. Kelley. “I found myself withdrawing from social groups, although I always tried to participate, but I was just lost. I started to feel more isolated, and I was pulling away. I certainly avoided the phone, but my hearing loss progressed to where I was losing key words in a sentence. I was finally encouraged to get an evaluation for a cochlear implant.”
Hear more from Mr. Kelley on how his life changed when he went forward with his cochlear implant, going from four percent hearing in his “bad ear” to 90 percent hearing:
A cochlear implant is a good next step to explore when hearing aids are no longer helping. Learn more about cochlear implants, and find a local clinic near you to speak with an audiologist about cochlear implants today at www.Cochlear.com/US/CochlearImplants.
* 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.
Views expressed by Cochlear recipients, hearing health providers or other parties are those of the individual. Talk to your health care provider to see if you are a candidate for Cochlear™ technology and to understand the associated risks and benefits. Individual results may vary.
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Man’s life changed when he got a cochlear implant to treat his hearing loss after hearing aids stopped helping him hear.