Hearing loss is a common issue that many Americans face. If testing with an audiologist determines that you have hearing loss, you have options. At NYHD | Institute for Hearing & Balance, our Doctors of Audiology can help you choose the best hearing aid options for you. Hearing aids range from permanent implanted devices to small, discreet options with advanced features designed to fit seamlessly with your lifestyle and meet your hearing needs.
Cochlear implants are surgically implanted to treat patients with moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss, or nerve hearing loss. Cochlear implants can be used in patients as young as 12 months old. The devices use an internal receiver implanted below the skin and an external component consisting of a microphone, speech processor, and transmitter, allowing patients to more clearly understand conversation.
The Earlens is the first hearing aid designed to directly vibrate the eardrum, allowing for more complete sound than other options and producing a more natural sound quality. The Earlens utilizes a processor worn behind the ear which sends audio signals to a custom tip that makes direct contact with the eardrum. It is capable of amplifying sound frequencies both higher and lower than traditional hearing aids can, resulting in improved sound quality.
A Bone Anchored Hearing Aid, or BAHA is surgically implanted to improve hearing for patients with single-sided deafness, mixed hearing loss, or conductive hearing loss. It can be a good option for patients as young as 5 years old ranging through adulthood. Like cochlear implants, BAHAs utilize both internal and external components which attach together magnetically, sending vibrations to the inner ear and allowing patients to better understand speech.
Traditional hearing aids are available in a wide range of styles and types suited to various degrees of hearing loss, lifestyles, and other factors. After your test with one of our expert hearing aid doctors in Midtown East, our team can help you select the best hearing aids for you and ensure that your new hearing aids fit properly and are adjusted according to your needs.
To learn more about different hearing aid options, schedule an appointment with our hearing aid experts in Midtown East. Contact NYHD | Institute for Hearing & Balance by calling (212) 774-1971 or fill out our online form to set up your first appointment.