Two Technologies in One for Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss
Today, there are FDA-approved hybrid devices that bring together the best of two different technologies to preserve and enhance low-frequency hearing while restoring access to high-frequency hearing. For people that have some low-frequency hearing but are unable to benefit from a hearing aid, the device can provide a better hearing solution.
What is a hybrid cochlear implant?
A hybrid cochlear implant is an implanted device that is designed to take advantage of two types of input, acoustic and electric with the goal for better speech understanding, improved hearing in noise and a more natural sound quality.
The hybrid device is composed of a hearing aid portion to provide acoustic stimulation and enhance hearing in the lower frequencies and a cochlear implant to address the higher frequencies of hearing.
Who is a hybrid cochlear implant good for?
A hybrid cochlear implant is for people with mild to moderate hearing loss in the low frequencies and that may have some benefit from traditional amplification but continue to still struggle with word understanding.
The hearing aids offer acoustic amplification to send sounds through the normal hearing pathway and the cochlear implant component of the hybrid device addresses severe to profound hearing loss or deafness and bypasses the impaired hearing system and sends electronic sound signals directly to the brain. When combined, these signals allow a full spectrum of sound.