Sometimes, hope is all it takes

In order to make a difference in someone’s life, a little hope goes a long way. There are over 36 million Americans currently suffering with some form of hearing loss and our audiologists are prepared with the knowledge, expertise and care to help those in the Scottsdale and Mesa areas improve their hearing and their quality of life through hearing aids or other ways to improve high-frequency hearing loss.

According to a recent article from Consumer Affairs Online, there is a newfound hope for adults suffering from severe high-frequency hearing loss. The Food and Drug Administration FDA has now approved the first implantable hearing device to treat this common condition and take the first steps in changing the lives of millions of Americans.

This hearing device can be implanted in people age 18 or older who have severe or profound sensorineural hearing loss of high-frequency sounds in both ears, but who can still hear low-frequency sounds with or without a hearing aid. It may be caused by aging, heredity, exposure to loud noise, drugs that are toxic to the inner ear (e.g., antibiotics), and certain other illnesses. The approval is said to have been given to the Nucleus Hybrid L24 Cochlear Implant System, which may help those with this specific kind of hearing loss who do not benefit from conventional hearing aids.

Do have a hard time hearing faint sounds, understanding people with higher-pitched voices, hearing certain speech sounds, or even high-pitched emergency vehicle sirens or common safety alarms, such as smoke detectors?

Hearing loss affects many aspects of life, so treatment is a good thing. There are of course some side effects but while the risk of low-frequency hearing loss is of concern, the FDA determined that the overall benefits of the device outweigh this risk for those who do not benefit from traditional hearing aids.

We encourage our patients to speak with our audiologists and see what benefits this hearing device or other hearing aids may have for your lifestyle and more importantly, your quality of life. To read the complete article, click here

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