That was my wake-up call.

Birds & Blooms - - Essentials -

A cochlear im­plant may re­store more than sound

Q: How do im­plants dif­fer from hear­ing aids?

A: Hear­ing aids help many peo­ple by mak­ing the sounds they hear louder. Un­for­tu­nately as hear­ing loss pro­gresses, sounds need not only to be made louder, but clearer. Cochlear im­plants can help give you that clar­ity, es­pe­cially in noisy en­vi­ron­ments. Hear­ing aids are typ­i­cally worn be­fore a cochlear im­plant so­lu­tion is con­sid­ered.

Q: Are cochlear im­plants cov­ered by Medi­care?

A: Yes, Medi­care and most pri­vate in­surance plans rou­tinely cover cochlear im­plants.*

Q: How do I know a cochlear im­plant will work?

A: Cochlear hear­ing im­pant tech­nol­ogy has been around for over 30 years and has helped change the lives of over 450,000 peo­ple world­wide. For the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple, cochlear im­plants are bet­ter than hear­ing aids in noisy en­vi­ron­ments.1

Q: What does a cochlear im­plant sys­tem look like?

A: There are two pri­mary com­po­nents of the Cochlear™ Nu­cleus® Sys­tem – the im­plant that is sur­gi­cally placed un­der­neath the skin and the ex­ter­nal sound pro­ces­sor. Cochlear of­fers two wear­ing op­tions for the sound pro­ces­sor. One is worn be­hind-the-ear sim­i­lar to a hear­ing aid. The other is a dis­creet, off-the-ear hear­ing so­lu­tion that’s easy to use. The Cochlear Nu­cleus Sys­tem ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy is de­signed to help you hear and un­der­stand con­ver­sa­tions bet­ter.

Be­cause of my hear­ing loss, I missed the sounds of the birds chirp­ing in the morn­ing. Not hear­ing them made me re­al­ize my hear­ing aids were no longer enough.

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