What is the difference between a hearing aid and a cochlear implant?
Hearing aids amplify sound and make it louder. The sound produced by even the most perfect hearing aid often cannot provide adequate benefits to people with severe and extreme hearing impairment or with severe hearing impairment in both ears. Simply, no matter how loud the sound provided by the hearing aid, in the case of severe hearing damage, the ear cannot process information due to damage to the hearing cells.
Cochlear implant does not amplify sounds; it provides useful sound information through direct stimulation of nerve fibers in the cochlea and thus enables sound perception.
Established in 1981 Cochlear is the global leader in innovative, implantable hearing solutions. The company is dedicated to bringing the gift of sound to people all over the world. Today over 200 000 people across more than 100 countries have been reconnected to their families, friends and communities worldwide with one of Cochlear’s hearing systems.
Nucleus cochlear implants and bone conduction implant provide solutions for different types of hearing loss. The Nucleus Freedom cochlear implant can benefit people who have severe to profound hearing loss in both ears. It differs from traditional hearing aids that simply amplify sound. A cochlear implant bypasses the damaged part of the ear and sends sound directly to the hearing nerve providing a clearer understanding of sound and speech. You can download brochure “A parents guide to Nucleus freedom” by clicking on the below link.
The Baha system may provide the best treatment option for Conductive hearing loss, Mixed hearing loss, Single sided deafness (SSD™). Baha is the only bone anchored hearing system and utilises the body’s natural ability to conduct sound via bone. In cases where the middle ear is blocked, damaged or where one ear does not function Baha bypasses the obstacles naturally stimulating the inner ear.