Cochlear Implant vs. Hearing Aid

Q.  I have used 4-5 different pairs of hearing aids over the past 20 or so years from a few different hearing centers in Austin. My loss keeps getting worse.  When will I need to get cochlear implants?

A.  My practice does not work with cochlear implants, but many of our patients wear one and wear a hearing aid on the other ear.

  My patients who have cochlear implants have talked about losing the vast majority of their hearing in that one ear before they sought out a cochlear implant surgeon.  Generally, if a hearing aid is able to provide you with meaningful support, it is not time for a cochlear implant.

  With hearing aids in Texas, you can try some and return them within 30 days if you are unsatisfied.  With a cochlear implant, you cannot reverse the surgical impact once the procedure has removed all of the remaining natural hearing in that ear.

  Like with hearing aids, read reviews and blogs.  Talk to people who have a cochlear implant.  Mostly, do your best to learn about the pros and cons of cochlear implants before taking on an irreversible procedure.

  For hearing aids, call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin at 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear check-up and hearing exam.  You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment.  We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before a final purchase. 

Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award.  Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad.  Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.