For many people, hearing loss can occur as we get older. For others, hearing loss can occur much sooner. Whatever your circumstances, treating your hearing loss is extremely important – in fact, research has found that treating your hearing loss can delay the onset of dementia, reduce the impact of depression and anxiety, reduce loneliness, and improve your overall quality of life. There are many different treatment options available for hearing loss and at Hearing Doctors of New Jersey, treatment is never a one-size-fits-all approach. Here’s what to know about your hearing loss treatment options and how you can benefit from the help of our team.
Hearing aids are one of the most common and effective ways to treat your hearing loss. They work by amplifying sounds directly into the ear canal while minimizing background noise. Although they don’t cure hearing loss, they can make it easier to navigate your day-to-day life by allowing you to hear everyday sounds and conversations. There are many different types of hearing aids which now include cutting edge technologies like Bluetooth connectivity, noise cancellation, rechargeable batteries, automatic adjustment, and artificial intelligence. So, rest assured that there’s a hearing aid that will work best for you, your lifestyle, and your preferences.
Bone-Anchored Hearing Systems
A step above hearing aids, bone-anchored hearing systems are implantable devices that can treat hearing loss. They work by picking up and sending sound vibrations through the bone to the inner ear, meaning they don’t actually amplify noise. They are very sophisticated systems that can be a great option if you aren’t a good candidate for hearing aids. As with hearing aids, they can come with a variety of sophisticated features. They’re surgically implanted in the mastoid bone and although the devices and procedure can be much more expensive than hearing aids, they can last for the long term.
Cochlear implants are another type of implantable device that works by stimulating your auditory nerve to provide sound. With a cochlear implant, you can learn to adapt to a new way of “hearing” and go about daily activities. Cochlear implants require surgical implantation and are often reserved for those who have severely impacted hearing or who are deaf. You may require a few follow-up appointments after implantation to fine-tune and adjust the implant so it works according to your needs, but cochlear implants generally last a lifetime.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
While you may or may not benefit from hearing aids or implantable devices can still have unique needs when it comes to hearing certain sounds. Assistive listening devices are accessories that can help you compensate for difficulties hearing things like television, phone calls, or music. Using advanced technology, ALDs can connect to your device and help you hear more clearly while you navigate everyday activities.
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At Hearing Doctors of New Jersey, we offer a unique approach to hearing loss treatment. Using our proprietary H.E.A.R. MethodTM, our Doctors of Audiology focus on your brain-hearing ability and develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is personalized based on your unique goals and needs. To learn more about hearing loss and hearing aids, download our FREE Insider’s Guide on how to finally hear better now.