Imagine being able to join in a conversation in a busy restaurant regardless of where you’re sitting. Imagine being free of irritating feedback and distortion from in-the-ear hearing aids and ear moulds. Imagine being able to hear sounds from both sides, even though only one of your ears is working. Imagine your child hearing well at school without being exhausted from the effort of listening.
A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain. Cochlear implants have helped over one hundred thousand people hear again or for the first time.
The hearing aids can be categorised based on the shape / or based on the technology. While the technology required for a patient is ascertained after a rigorous pre-fitting check up and patient’s life style profile, the shape is often left to the patient to decide based on their comfort. The following are the models of hearing aids based on the shape: