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Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Tammy | 2019/01/15

Q.

Candidate for implants

Does someone with hearing loss due to hair cells disappearing be a good candidate for implants? I was told my hearing loss was due to my hair cells disappearing with no explanation. I don't hear well with hearing aids. I was wondering if my condition qualifies as a good candidate for cochlear implants to help with my hearing loss

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert
- 2019/01/16

Dear Tammy,


There are many factors to consider in terms of candidacy for a cochlear implant. The amount of benefit received (or not received) from hearing aids is one of the considerations. However, there are other factors such as the severity of your hearing loss, whether it's in both ears or just the one, when the hearing loss started, how long you've been wearing hearing aids and the structural integrity of your cochlea and auditory nerve. 

The best route would be to speak to your audiologist about a cochlear implant. He or she would be able to carry out the appropriate assessments and make referrals to determine if you would be a good cochlear implant candidate.

Kind regards
Minette

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