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Implant improves hearing

12/22/2009 - News

Implant improves hearing

By: Susan Aldridge, medical journalist, PhD

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A new hearing device that's implanted in the middle ear gives better sound quality than a more conventional aid

A new hearing device that's implanted in the middle ear gives better sound quality than a more conventional aid
Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in the US say that there's now a better option for those with hearing loss. The usual kind of hearing aid transmits sound through the eardrum, and may produce feedback - distracting sounds and whistles - as well as giving the wearer the feeling of talking within a barrel.

The new aids have two parts - internal and external. The external processor is attached magnetically just behind the ear and picks up sounds which it transmits to the internal part, a receiver implanted into the middle ear. It provides clearer sound and less feedback than the usual hearing aid. But, since it's surgically implanted, it does cost quite a bit more. Discuss this option with your hearing specialist to see if it's worth the extra investment in your particular case.

 

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Created on: 01/04/2002
Reviewed on: 12/22/2009

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