Advances in Hearing Implants

Hearing loss can occur in the outer ear, the middle ear of the inner ear. Signs of hearing loss include trouble hearing other people speak, struggling to hear the radio or television,or conversations at parties or areas with background noise. It's vital to perform a complete audiologic evaluation to determine the location of the problem, the patient's ability to understand speech and hear pitches or frequencies, the degree of hearing loss and whether it's from blockage or malfunctioning nerve of the ear. There are various restoration options for hearing loss: hearing aids, including bone-anchored with a titanium fixture surgically attached to the skull; microsurgical [procedures to reconstruct the hearing mechanism, such as repair of the eardrum; cochlear implants; Maxum -- surgically implanted to send electromagnetic signals to the inner ear.

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