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Hearing aids and cochlear implants

Hearing aids and cochlear implants can improve access to spoken language and environmental sounds for some people. Hearing aids and cochlear implants do not restore hearing to normal. 

Hearing aids are used by people with a wide variety of hearing losses. Some can be purchased over-the-counter for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. People with moderate to severe hearing loss will likely benefit from a hearing aid programmed to meet their specific needs by a hearing instrument dispenser or audiologist. 

Different hearing aids and cochlear implants also offer different technology. New Made for iPhone hearing aids and Bluetooth technology allow you to control your hearing aid settings without having to press tiny buttons and connect wirelessly to other devices. Some hearing aids and cochlear implants come with telecoils, an antenna inside the hearing aid that allows the hearing aid to work with hearing-aid compatible telephones and most assistive listening devices. Pairing a hearing aid with other assistive listening devices can improve understanding of speech for some people by reducing or eliminating background noise.

Cochlear implants may be recommended by audiologists for people who receive little or no useful benefit from hearing aids. Depending on the degree and type of hearing loss, some people benefit from other types of implantable hearing aids. There are three other types of hearing implants: an auditory brainstem implant, a bone conduction hearing system or a middle ear system.

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