Unlike hearing aids that are often not covered by insurance, implants are covered by most insurance policies and Medicare.
Cochlear Implants provide a patient with access to sound that was otherwise being missed with hearing aids. The criteria for a cochlear implant has been expanded in recent years. With a cochlear implant, the damaged hair cells are bypassed, and the auditory nerve is directly stimulated. There are two main components to a cochlear implant system. The internal component is the implant. The external component is the sound processor, which can be worn on or off the ear.
Candidates for this solution are those with hearing loss that are not helped sufficiently by hearing aids and have significant difficulty hearing in noise. Age is often not a factor in determining candidacy.
Bone Anchored Implant
A bone anchored solution is an implanted device that works through direct bone conduction. Sound is sent through the skull bone, by passing the outer and middle ear and directly stimulating the cochlea (inner ear). The device is composed of 3 parts: a titanium implant, an external abutment, and a detachable sound processor. Candidates for this solution have a conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, or single-sided deafness (SSD).