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Cochlear Implants

Imagine hearing again.

Cochlear implants are FDA-approved, surgically-implanted medical devices that treat moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss. Cochlear implants replace the function of a damaged inner ear (cochlea) and are designed to mimic natural hearing.

Cochlear implants are a successful treatment to hear again

Cochlear implants are a proven medical treatment option for those with severe to profound hearing loss, and are the most appropriate option to effectively treat the loss at that point.

If hearing loss has progressed beyond receiving benefit from a hearing aid, cochlear implants could help.

The implants are designed to help you hear better and improve speech understanding in everyday situations, including noisy environments. In fact, in one study by Cochlear, research found that transitioning from a hearing aid to a cochlear implant more than doubled speech understanding in noise.

How a Cochlear Implant Works

  1. Microphones on the sound processor pick up sounds and the processor converts them into a digital signal.
  2. This signal is transferred to the implant just under the skin.
  3. The implant sends the digital sound signal to the electrode array in the cochlea.
  4. The hearing nerve picks up the signal and sends it to the brain, which is understood as sound.

How much does a cochlear implant cost?

Unlike hearing aids, hearing implants are covered by Medicare. They are also covered by many insurance plans and typically Medicaid.* Need help determining if a hearing implant is covered by your insurance plan? Review this chart to see a breakdown of coverage by policy type.

* Contact your insurance company or local Hearing Implant Specialist to determine your eligibility for coverage. Covered for Medicare beneficiaries who meet CMS criteria for coverage. Coverage for adult Medicaid recipients varies according to state-specific guidelines.

** Contact your insurance company or local Hearing Implant Specialist to determine your eligibility for coverage.

† Covered for Medicare beneficiaries who meet CMS criteria for coverage.

†† Coverage for adult Medicaid recipients varies according to state-specific guidelines.

Regarding Single Sided Deafness

The FDA has recently approved cochlear implants to treat one ear with a profound loss (often called “single sided deafness,” or SSD), even if the other ear hearing loss is not profound.  Prior to this ruling, both ears had to have a profound loss.

Unfortunately, Medicare has not followed suit and still does not cover SSD, while many commercial insurances do.  Consult with our office or call your insurance company to determine coverage.

Even if cochlear implants are not covered for SSD, we have some fine alternatives — such as bone anchored hearing aids to assist in processing sound coming in to the deaf side.

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