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ASK THE EXPERT
Cochlear Implants -
Life Beyond Hearing Aids
Do you strain to hear each day, even with
powerful hearing aids?
Jacques Herzog, M.D.
Cochlear Medical Advisor
eeling frustrated and sometimes even exhausted
from listening? Whether it happens suddenly or
gradually, 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 than
hearing aids. Rather than amplifying sound,
they use sophisticated software and stateof-the art electronic components to provide
access to the sounds you've been missing.
Q How do I know a cochlear implant
The technology is very reliable. In fact, it has been
around for over 30 years and has helped change the lives
of over 450,000 people worldwide. For the majority of
people, cochlear implants are better than hearing aids in
With hearing loss, you're missing so much
more than just your hearing. Don't let hearing
loss prevent you from living your life fully.
Q How do implants differ from
Hearing aids help many people by making the sounds
they hear louder. Unfortunately as hearing loss
progresses, sounds need not only to be made louder,
but clearer. Cochlear implants can help give you that
clarity, especially in noisy environments. Hearing aids
are typically worn before a cochlear implant solution is
Q Are cochlear implants covered by Medicare?
Yes, Medicare and most private insurance plans routinely
cover cochlear implants.
Q What does a cochlear implant system
There are two primary components of the Cochlear™
Nucleus® System - the implant that is surgically placed
underneath the skin and the external sound processor.
Cochlear offers two wearing options for the sound
processor. One is worn behind the ear similar to a
hearing aid. The other, the new Kanso® Sound Processor,
is a discreet, off-the-ear hearing solution that's easy
to use. The Cochlear Nucleus System advanced
technology is designed to help you hear and
understand conversations better.
Dr. Jacques Herzog, a cochlear implant surgeon and medical advisor to Cochlear, the world leader in cochlear implants,
answers questions about cochlear implants and how they are different from hearing aids.
Find a Hearing Implant Specialist Call 800 216 9124
or Visit www.Cochlear.com/US/Crafts
1. The Nucleus Freedom Cochlear Implant System: Adult Post-Market Surveillance Trial Results. 2008 June.
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