Why Australians Are Ditching Hearing Aids for Cochlear Implants
Have you tried multiple hearing aids and they are not really working properly for you?
Hearing aids work by increasing the volume of sound and can help address mild levels of
hearing loss. Cochlear implants on the other hand are designed to improve volume and quality
of sound. Making them a better option for more serious cases of hearing loss.
When wearing your hearing aids do you still:
- Struggle to hear in noisy environments?
- Find it hard to talk on the phone?
- Frequently ask people to repeat themselves?
If you said “yes” to any of these questions, then you may benefit from cochlear implants.
Did You Know…?
Many Australians that have tried three or more hearing aids and still found themselves struggling to hear clearly have turned to cochlear implants for better hearing.*
These Australians have used funding options for cochlear implants, such as public health cover and private health insurance. Our cochlear implant specialists can tell you more about the funding options available for you.
This auditory technology could provide a solution for hearing loss
It’s a common story; you get your hearing aids fitted and they work well to begin with, but over time, you find that you’re struggling to hear conversations again, and phone calls become tricky.
Sometimes, the deterioration happens so slowly you don’t even notice these tell-tale signs. But it’s a frequent issue that impacts thousands of people’s lives.
Fortunately, people are starting to realise there’s a more permanent solution to improve your hearing – Cochlear Implants.
Technology to change your life
These devices are completely different from your normal hearing aid. Rather than just making the sound louder, they actually replace the function of your own ear that may be damaged as a natural part of ageing.
Many people are just starting to discover the amazing benefits of a cochlear implant, but this isn’t new technology: since the first ever modern implant took place in Australia in the 1980s, over 600,000 procedures have been successfully carried out worldwide.
Did You Know…?
Studies have shown that people a with cochlear implant achieve an average of 80% sentence understanding in tests, compared with 10% for hearing aids users?*
How do Cochlear Implants work?
Cochlear implants have been proven to be much more effective than hearing aids, and they work very differently. While hearing aids are good for amplifying sounds, they still rely on parts of the inner ear, which may have been damaged by the natural process of ageing, or if you have spent a long time in a loud environment such as a factory.
A tiny processor, which sits comfortably behind your ear, a cochlear implant picks up on sound and transmits it directly to the auditory nerve, bypassing the damaged portions of the ear.
This means that many people are able to process more of the sound, giving a sense of hearing and a new lease of life to those who really struggled beforehand.
Of course, such an intricate process requires surgery to implant a receiver under the skin just behind the ear. So it’s important to make sure you get expert advice and think through the impact it will have on your life.
Will I be suitable?
This is one of the big worries for most people – they assume they won’t be eligible, as there are some limitations.
If you find you are struggling to hear after trying multiple hearing aids, chances are you’re a great candidate for this service.
If you want to know how suitable you are, there’s an obligation free cochlear implant specialist consultation that can help guide you through the process. All you need to do is provide some basic information and one of our team will be in touch to provide you with more information.