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Hybrid Cochlear Implants-Work, Benefits, Types and More

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Can you hear low-frequency sounds, such as barks and beeps, but miss high-frequency sounds like whistles and chirps? Hybrid cochlear implants may help.
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How Cochlear Hybrid Implants Work?

A hybrid cochlear implant solution has two parts: an external sound processor with an acoustic component and an internal implant.

The cochlear implant is designed to help you hear the high frequency sounds you have been missing, while the acoustic component amplifies the natural low-frequency hearing you have.

By working together, the components can provide a balanced hearing experience.

An audiologist can advise if a hybrid implant can help you.

A good next step is to visit an audiologist or ENT surgeon who specialises in hearing implant technology. They will know if you could benefit from a hybrid cochlear implant.

Hybrid Cochlear Implants for Adults

If you have high-frequency hearing loss, you may be able to hear some sounds, but not others.

These sounds are important for understanding speech. Without them, it can be difficult to talk on the phone or hear higher pitch sounds like a bird singing or a child’s voice. And because high-frequency sounds often hold the emotion in a conversation or make a moment special, you may find you’re missing out on so much.

Hybrid cochlear implants – also known as electro-acoustic hearing – may help if you have low-frequency hearing but miss high-frequency sounds. This hearing solution combines hearing aid and cochlear implant technologies to enhance your hearing experience and provide access to the sounds you’re missing.

We design Cochlear™ Hybrid™ Hearing for people who need improvements in:

  • hearing performance in both quiet and noise
  • overall hearing satisfaction
  • understanding speech
  • sound quality
  • music appreciation

If you have normal to moderate low-frequency hearing loss, but severe to profound high-frequency hearing loss – hybrid cochlear implants may be a solution. An audiologist will know if this solution may help you. In the meantime, take a short online quiz to help understand more about your hearing loss. Research and decades of experience have shown that bone conduction implants can help people with these types of hearing loss.

This can help you:

• Hear even in noisy environments.

• Enjoy improved sound quality (compared to hearing aids) by bypassing the damaged part of the ear to reduce the amount of amplification needed to hear better.

• Enjoy improved speech recognition (compared to hearing aids).

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Hybrid Cochlear Implants for Children

Does your child hear low-frequency sounds, such as the rumble of thunder, but struggles with high-frequency sounds like whistles and the laughter of other children?

Hybrid cochlear implants, also known as electro-acoustic hearing, may help your child hear the full spectrum of sound.

If your child can hear some low-frequency sounds but misses high-frequency sounds, a hybrid cochlear implant may be a solution. It uses any natural low frequency hearing your child may still have, while providing access to the high-frequency sounds they’re missing. This may give them a richer hearing experience.

An audiologist or ENT surgeon will be able to advise if your child may benefit from a cochlear hybrid implant.

If your child has high-frequency hearing loss, they can hear some sounds, but not others. Hearing a wider range of frequencies may help with language development.

High-frequency sounds include consonants, which help your child distinguish between words and detect emotion. Without them, words can merge, making what your child hears jumbled and sometimes difficult to understand.

Without a wide range of hearing, it can be difficult to hear higher pitch sounds like a whistle blowing, a school bell or another child’s voice.

Get in touch with our audiologist today!