If you’re here, you probably have a few questions about cochlear implants.
We know you might be feeling a little overwhelmed, and Advanced Bionics is here to give you some basic information. If you decide that you want to move forward we’ll set you up with a hearing healthcare specialist who can answer your specific questions and assess your personal situation.
Over 5% of the world's population (that's 360 million people) are affected by hearing loss. Luckily we live in a time when we can continue living normal, full lives, thanks to modern technology…
So many people with severe-to-profound hearing loss have gone on to live full, successful lives thanks to AB's groundbreaking technology. With over 20 years of experience, we know it works because we see the amazing results every day.
With AB by your side, you can live your best life. If hearing aids aren’t helping, and you want to hear better than you hear now, you’ve come to the right place. Take this quick candidacy quiz to find out if cochlear implants are the right solution for you.
|I have difficulty following conversations without lip reading.|
|I hear pretty well in quiet environments, but struggle in noisy environments or when in a group.|
|I cannot follow most telephone conversations, especially if I don’t know the person calling.|
|I feel isolated and limited, both socially and occupationally, because of my hearing loss.|
Learn about Cochlear Implants and Hearing Loss
So what exactly IS a cochlear implant?
While hearing aids amplify sound, cochlear implants bypass the damaged part of the ear and use electrical stimulation to enable you to hear. Using a highly advanced system of microphones and sound processors, it’s the only technology that’s capable of functionally restoring one of the five senses. Also, unlike hearing aids that are often not covered by insurance, cochlear implants are covered by most insurance policies and Medicare.
Learn more about how cochlear implants work here.
It’s not brain surgery, it's a routine outpatient surgical procedure in which a small incision is made behind the ear to place the implant. You’ll likely be able to go home later that same day.
Cochlear implants can be used by people of all ages, from 12 months and older.
Talk to a Hearing Healthcare Specialist
Should you choose to pursue the path towards better hearing with us, our healthcare specialists are ready to answer any of your questions. We have several ways to get in touch:
We understand that every situation is unique and every candidate has different goals and fears. Our highly trained specialists want only what’s best for you or your loved one. A short conversation can guide you towards the solution that’s right for your lifestyle.
Hearing loss changes the lives of you and your loved ones. Whether you already have a cochlear implant, you want to learn about the latest technology, or you want to connect to your AB Community, our network of mentors and trained hearing professionals are here to listen, support and empower.
Talk to Others Who Live Their Lives with Cochlear Implants
Sometimes it helps to talk to someone who has already been through this process. We have several ways to reach out to people who have been in your shoes, and who are excited to chat, laugh, and share stories with you.
Shuk Ling Yuen, AB recipient
Steve Dawson, AB recipient
Join the world’s largest community of positive, supportive people who care about implants. Meet candidates, recipients, professionals and scientists who know what you’re going through and then take part in any of the dozens of conversations about the joys and challenges of hearing with cochlear implants.
We empower individuals with hearing loss, and their families, to succeed on their hearing journey. By sharing our stories, we connect, reassure and strengthen our Community. Contact us if you are interested in connecting to a mentor to learn more about their hearing journey!
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