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Rhona Turned Her Hearing Loss Into A Hearing Win By Finding Love And An Improved Quality Of Life With Cochlear Implants

Developing hearing loss was frustrating and isolating for Rhona as she grew into adulthood. She went from doctor to doctor finding no answers, until a cross-country move led her to cochlear implants. Now as a bilateral recipient Rhona experiences hearing wins with her cochlear implants. Please CLICK on the following link: A Hearing Win

Cochlear Implant Animation

Animation showing how a cochlear implant (aka, "bionic ear") surgery is performed to restore hearing in patients who are deaf or have severe hearing loss. Please CLICK on the following link: CI Animation

Cochlear Implants: Pros, Cons, And How They Work

A cochlear implant may benefit those with severe hearing loss. Implanted in the cochlea, it’s less visible than hearing aids. It has many advantages, but there are also drawbacks. Please CLICK on the following link: Cochlear Implants Pros And Cons And How They Work

Update on Cochlear Implants: Hearing Preservation, Single-Sided Deafness, and Personalized Fitting

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What To Expect At Your Cochlear Implant Candidacy Evaluation

Sarah Beatty, Au.D. explains the various aspects of what to expect at your cochlear implant candidacy evaluation. Please CLICK on the following link: CI Candidacy Evaluation

When Hearing Aids Don't Work

Here you will find why better hearing aids are not always the best treatment option for hearing loss, and why you may need a Cochlear Implant instead. Please CLICK on the following link: When Hearing Aids Don't Work

Cognitive Functioning Improves After Cochlear Implant

Cognitive functioning improved 12 months after cochlear implantation for older adults with severe hearing loss and poor cognition, data from a single-center study showed. Please CLICK on the following link: Cognitive Functioning Improvement

Cochlear Implant Recipients Reconnect To Music With New App

"Bring Back the Beat" app helps cochlear implant recipients reconnect to music using a series of focused attention and listening practice games. It was created by Cochlear, a company that makes cochlear implants. Please CLICK on the following link: New App

Cochlear Implant Surgery For My Toddler During COVID-19

Jackson failed the newborn hearing screening on the first day of his life, and again on the day of discharge. Three months later, in July, we received his formal diagnosis of severe-profound bilateral (in both ears) hearing loss. Please CLICK on the following link: Cochlear Implant Surgery For My Toddler

The Sound Of Misinformation

This blog post, written by HLAA’s Director of Public Policy Lise Hamlin, addresses the factual errors included in the movie, “The Sound of Metal.” HLAA board member Shari Eberts also wrote a piece about “The Sound of Metal.” Please CLICK on the following link: The Sound Of Misinformation  

Pediatric Cochlear Implantation (6 Months Of Age)

Be advised that this video contains graphic footage of cochlear implant surgery. Please CLICK on the following link: Pediatric Cochlear Implantation

Adult Cochlear Implants: Mayo Clinic Radio

Mayo Clinic recently released a YouTube video about Cochlear Implants (CI). I found it very interesting and wanted to share it with this group. The video (only about 10 minutes long) talks about who can benefit most from a CI and what the surgery is like. What I found most interesting was that this procedure is most helpful for people who have a hard time hearing when there is background noise. Please CLICK on the following link: Adult Cochlear Implants

International Consensus Paper On Adult Cochlear Implantation To Consumers - How Minimum CI Standards Of Care Will Improve Hearing Outcomes World-Wide

Dr. Craig Buchman, lead author of the paper, and Dr. René Gifford, member of the Steering Committee and one of 31 expert co-authors, chose the HLAA’s open access webinar platform for one of the first public presentations following publication on the 27th August 2020.  The authors explained to consumers how treatment for adults living with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) will improve if recommendations in the ICP are adopted in countries, localities and clinics that fall short. Please CLICK on the following link: HLAA Webinar Recording

My Cochlear Implant Journey- By Donna Woods

In this blog, Donna Woods opens up by describing her hearing loss progression over the years that finally led to her having a cochlear implant procedure carried out recently. Donna was first diagnosed with hearing loss and Meniere’s Disease over 30 years ago. Currently, she is one of two HLAA representatives based in Bowling Green, KY who provide assistance and guidance to the hearing loss community in that area. She has extensive knowledge and experience of hearing loss and treatment with hearing aids. In this blog, she gives a personal account of her own recent experience of having a cochlear implant, the recovery process associated with it and finally the activation and fine-tuning of the device. If you are considering having a cochlear implant and want to understand more on what it entails, then please CLICK on this link: Donna's Cochlear Implant Journey

5 Tips On Cochlear Implantation-Evaluation And Considerations In Your Care

In this article, Dr. Casey Rutledge Roof gives 5 important tips when it comes to evaluating the need for a cochlear implantation. Dr. Casey is an audiologist in Louisville, Kentucky and has been working with cochlear implant patients since 2009. She serves as the President for the Kentucky Academy of Audiology currently in her second term and is on the Kentucky Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology. She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Please CLICK on the following link: 5 Tips  

What Is A Cochlear Implant?

Cochlear Implantation involves the surgical placement of an electrode array into the cochlea of the inner ear to provide direct electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve. Cochlear implants are different from hearing aids. While hearing aids amplify sounds to facilitate sound detection by impaired ear structures, cochlear implants bypass damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. This type of stimulation improves clarity and speech understanding. Please CLICK on the following link: What Is A Cochlear Implant?

Envoy Medical Receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation For Its Fully Implanted Acclaim® Cochlear Implant

Envoy Medical® Corporation, a hearing health company focused on providing innovative technologies across the hearing loss spectrum, today announced that its fully implanted Acclaim® cochlear implant was granted the Breakthrough Device Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Please CLICK on the following link:FDA Breakthrough Device Designation

Cochlear Obtains FDA Approval Of Kanso 2 Sound Processor

First off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor with direct smartphone connectivity. The approval of the Cochlear™ Nucleus® Kanso® 2 Sound Processor, Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor for Nucleus 22 Implant recipients and Custom Sound® Pro fitting software reflects Cochlear’s ongoing commitment to innovation in hearing technology, providing access to smartphone connectivity and helping to improve hearing performance, and enhancing the cochlear implant fitting experience for hearing health professionals. Please CLICK on the following link: FDA Approval

MedEl Offers Rondo Swap

Depending on your surgery date, MedEl is offering to swap to updated processors. Please CLICK on the following link: Details

My Cochlear Implants - A Child's Story

Sahar Reiazi is a mother of three wonderful children: Ghazal, age 5, and twins, Sina and Saghar, age 4. Sahar was inspired to write and illustrate a children's book about cochlear implants which you may download free. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: My Cochlear Implants

How To Choose A Cochlear Implant If You Are A Music Lover

Leo Tolstoy said that “music is the shorthand of emotion.” Listening to music is a universal experience that requires no shared understanding of words or language, and it can stimulate a full range of emotions such as joy, sadness, fear, excitement, and nostalgia. When choosing a cochlear implant (CI), the first concern is how well it delivers speech sounds. Please CLICK on the following link: Choosing A Cochlear Implant

Why I Wish I Had Gotten Cochlear Implants Sooner

I received my first cochlear implant (CI) in 2013 in my left ear and in 2018 in my right ear. But I wish I had gotten them sooner. I learned that this is a feeling shared by most people with CIs. When I asked why they waited, they said it was because all the unknowns of a CI overwhelmed them when making this decision. Please CLICK on the following link: My Wish

Looking For CI Resources And Support While Stuck At Home?

During this unprecedented time, we should all stay at home to minimize the spread of the virus. But that shouldn’t keep us from being productive or connecting with others. As we all do our part to overcome this pandemic, here are some helpful resources to keep your ears and mind engaged. Please CLICK on the following link: CI Resources

Bimodal Hearing: MED-EL Cochlear Implants And Hearing Aids

For a person with hearing loss, it can take years to find the right hearing aid. There are endless variations of form, features, and fitting parameters. Of course, there’s also significant cost to changing to a new hearing aid. Please CLICK on the following link: Bimodal Hearing

Hearing Aid Check And Frequently Asked Questions

The Hearing Aid Check was developed by an independent research body, National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL). It is designed for adults to compare their performance with hearing aids to people with cochlear implants. Please CLICK on the following links: Hearing Aid Check  FAQ

Vera’s Story

One person's experience from start to finish with the MED-EL system. Please CLICK on the following link: Vera's Story

A Step By Step Approach To Choosing The CI Manufacturer

Choosing to have a cochlear implant is a major life decision. In the following article, Alice suggests the approach you should take when deciding on which CI manufacturer you should choose. Please CLICK on the following link: Choosing the CI Manufacturer

How Do Cochlear Implants Work? The SYNCHRONY Cochlear Implant—MED-EL

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Bring Back The Beat

Introducing a fun music training app developed specifically for people with cochlear implants. Please CLICK on the following link: Bring Back The Beat

My Cochlear Implant - A Journal

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Adult Cochlear Implants: Mayo Clinic Radio

On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Matthew Carlson, a Mayo Clinic otorhinolaryngologist, and Dr. Aniket Saoji, a Mayo Clinic audiologist, discuss cochlear implants for adults. Please CLICK on the following link: Adult Cochlear Implants

Cochlear Implants - An Information Guide

Cochlear implants may be a solution if your hearing aids are not helping you understand sounds and speech. Cochlear America walks us through the process of qualification, costs, benefits etc. Understand this is a website of Cochlear America. Advanced Bionics and Med-El also have resources. Please CLICK on the following link: Cochlear Implants Information Guide

Cochlear Implant Animation

The following video is an animation showing how cochlear implant (aka, "bionic ear") surgery is performed to restore hearing in patients who are deaf or have severe hearing loss. Please CLICK on the following link: Cochlear Implant Animation

Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor | Cochlear Implant Processor Review

In this video, Dr. Cliff Olson, Audiologist and founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Anthem Arizona, reviews the Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor from Cochlear.  Although this is a review of the Nucleus 7, most of the information presented applies to all of the implants. Please CLICK on the following link: Cochlear Implant Processor Review

Advanced Bionics Naida Q90 Cochlear Implant Review

In this video, Dr. Cliff Olson, Audiologist and founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Anthem Arizona, discusses the features of the Advanced Bionics Naida Q90 Cochlear Implant. Please CLICK on the following link: Cochlear Implant Review


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