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.