Hearing aids and cochlear implants
Hearing aids and cochlear implants help some people to hear speech and other sounds. However, a person with hearing aids or cochlear implants won’t hear everything in the same way that someone without hearing loss does.
People with mild-to-moderate hearing loss can choose between over-the-counter hearing aids or custom fit (prescription) hearing aids. People with moderate-to-severe, severe, severe-to-profound or profound hearing loss work with a hearing health provider to get custom fit hearing aids.
In some cases, an audiologist may suggest a cochlear implant or other hearing implant. Other types of implants include auditory brainstem implants, bone conduction hearing systems or middle ear systems.
Hearing aids and cochlear implants may also have:
- Apps that let you adjust your hearing aid or cochlear implant from your smartphone or tablet.
- Bluetooth for connecting wirelessly to other devices.
- Telecoils, which is an antenna inside the hearing aid. Telecoils help hearing aids work with hearing aid-compatible phones, hearing loops and assistive listening devices. This can reduce background noise, so that it is easier to understand speech.