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Hearing Loss –
What are the options?

People who have hearing loss are sometimes not aware of it. Family members or friends often are the first to notice the hearing loss. If you or someone you care about should notice one or more of the following signs, come to the hearLIFE Clinic for a free hearing screening.

Typical signs of hearing loss

  • Muffeld hearing
  • Require frequent repetition
  • Difficulty understanding what people are saying, especially in noisy situations
  • Hearing someone speaking but not be able to distinguish the specific words
  • Listening to the television or radio at a higher volume than in the past
  • Avoiding conversation or social interaction as it feels tiring and stressful for your ears

Hearing tests are quick, simple and painless

A variety of different methods are available to test your hearing. Your audiologist will choose a method that is best suited for you.

If your you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with a hearing loss, your audiologist will discuss the options available. Depending on the degree and the type of the hearing loss, you may be a candidate for a hearing aid or a hearing implant.

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids may help  you to utilize the hearing abilities that  you still  have by amplifying sounds. Hearing aids can be worn behind the ear (BTE) or in the ear (ITE) and nowadays use digital processing. If  you are a candidate for a hearing aid, your audiologist will advise you about the device that best suits  your individual needs.

Middle Ear Implants

A middle ear implant is an implantable hearing solution for  individuals who cannot use or who are not satisfied with conventional hearing devices. Unlike a hearing aid which amplifies sounds, a middle ear implant converts sound into mechanical vibrations. This mechanical energy is used to  directly stimulate middle ear structures. The ear canal remains completely open.

Cochlear Implants or Devices for Combined Electric-Acoustic-Stimulation

A cochlear implant is a hearing solution that takes over the function of damaged nerve cells in the inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants do not amplify sounds. Instead they process the sound signal electronically and use small electrical pulses to stimulate the hair cells in the inner ear. 

Bone Conduction Implants

Bone conduction implants allow sound to be directly transmitted to the inner ear by means of bone conduction. The bone conduction plays a significant role for individuals, in whom sound cannot be transferred to the inner ear via the natural path through the outer and the middle ear.

Hearing aids and hearing implants are two different options available to improve your  hearing. Specialists at the hearLIFE Clinic will help you to choose the right solution.

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What are the options?
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