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Struggling to hear each day, even
when using powerful hearing aids?
Feeling frustrated and sometimes even
exhausted from listening? Whether it
happens suddenly or gradually over time,
hearing loss can affect you physically and
emotionally. Being unable to hear
impacts your ability to communicate
with your loved ones, hear in noisy
environments, talk on the phone, and
may force you to become more reliant on
your family members to interpret for you.
Cochlear implants work differently to
hearing aids. Rather than amplifying
sound, they use sophisticated software
and state-of-the art electronic
components to provide access to the
sounds you've been missing. They are
designed to help you hear better and
understand speech in all situations,
including noisy environments and to
enable you to hear a wide range of
sounds in the world around you. Here,
Dr Huw Cooper, audiological scientist
and cochlear implant team leader,
answers the most common questions.
Q: HOW ARE COCHLEAR IMPLANTS
DIFFERENT TO HEARING AIDS?
A: Hearing aids help many people by
amplifying the sounds they hear.
Unfortunately, as hearing loss progresses,
Dr Huw Cooper
help as well. Be sure to discuss your
options with your audiologist.
Q: ARE COCHLEAR IMPLANTS
AVAILABLE ON THE NHS?
A: Yes, if you meet certain criteria.
Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF A COCHLEAR
IMPLANT WILL BE RIGHT FOR ME?
A: Cochlear implants are suitable for
those with a severe to profound hearing
loss, when hearing aids are no longer
useful. A careful assessment is required
to establish if it is the right choice for you.
Q: IS IT MAJOR SURGERY?
A: No, typically, the procedure takes only
a couple of hours. For some it may just
mean an overnight stay in hospital.
making sounds louder is no longer a
solution. Cochlear provides solutions to
stimulate directly into the inner ear,
bypassing any area that has lost partial or
all function. If only partial function is lost,
Cochlear provides a solution called
Hybrid™ Hearing that may be able to
Q: AM I TOO OLD TO GET A
A: No, it's never too late to regain access
to the sounds you're missing, as long as
you're medically ﬁt enough for surgery.
If you feel that your hearing aids are not
giving you the hearing that you need,
please email Cochlear for further
information at firstname.lastname@example.org
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