Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants – What is the Difference ?

Cochlear Implant

While hearing aids amplify sound, a cochlear implant transforms sounds into electrical energy that stimulates your auditory nerve. Your hearing health professional can recommend the best treatment option for you; however, cochlear implants are traditionally better suited for individuals with severe to profound hearing loss – especially for those who have already developed their speech and language skills and haven’t had any luck with hearing aids.

Both hearing aids and cochlear implants work best for individuals diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss, meaning they have damage to the hair cells in the inner ear and/or the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain.

While there are no guarantees a cochlear implant will improve your ability to hear and understand speech, adult hearing often benefits immediately and continue to improve in the first three months after the surgery.  Individuals with cochlear implants also don’t have to worry about acoustic feedback or problems with earmolds and may find it easier to use the telephone, watch television and listen to music.

The disadvantages of cochlear implants include the costs and risks associated with surgery. Users also have less control over the instrument, since half of it is permanently implanted in the ear. Fortunately, the majority of individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss get along nicely with traditional hearing aids. Although these instruments don’t process sound like cochlear implants, they are less expensive and offer more flexibility. Hearing aids can be manually adjusted, repaired, replaced and removed and come in a variety of shapes, colors, models, technology and price. This variety allows your hearing health professional to fit you with the make and model that fits your lifestyle and your budget. If you have any questions about hearing loss contact Hidden Hearing Online or call 1800 370 000.

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