Hearing loss – What to do?

Modern technology makes it possible: there are now numerous hearing solutions available, which can be adjusted to meet the individual needs and way of life of people with hearing loss and thus ensure a greatly improved quality of life. With the aid of state-of-the-art technology, many people with a hearing loss are able to hear and actively take part in life again.

Ways to better hearing

Do you have the feeling that you no longer hear well? Then don’t hesitate, go and have your hearing tested. The longer you wait before you start to actively do something against your hearing loss, the longer it will take you to regain better hearing. Why? It’s because your brain accustoms itself to the restricted hearing ability. Most people do not recognize their hearing loss as their hearing slowly reduces over a long period of time. The brain then assumes the reduced hearing is “normal”. When the person is then fitted with a hearing aid it can then take some time for the brain to get accustomed to hearing all the sounds again.

Gradually adapting to the hearing aid

The fitting of a hearing aid by the hearing care professional requires a great deal of care, as it is individually adapted to your hearing loss, your personal requirements and your way of life.

1. The hearing test

This test sheds light on the level of your hearing ability.
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2. What can a hearing aid do for me?

Based on the test, the hearing care professional can explain to you how much a hearing aid can compensate for your hearing loss and what the limits are.

3. My individual requirements

It is important to describe the situations in which you have experienced hearing problems as precisely as possible to the hearing care professional. : What do you do professionally? Do you practise sport? Do you enjoy listening to music? Do you play an instrument? Do you go to the theatre or cinema regularly? Do you travel a lot?

4. How much does a hearing aid cost?

The cost of a hearing aid depends varies dependant on the level of technology. 90% of people are supplied with two hearing aids. The hearing you are fitted with will be based on your hearing and lifestyle needs. The amount of financial support you receive for your hearing aid depends on your health insurance as well as the local regulatory provisions with which you should clarify this issue. 

5. Individual fitting

The hearing aids chosen will then be customized specifically for you by your hearing care professional. Your hearing levels and lifestyle needs will be taken into account when setting up the hearing aids.
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When a hearing aid can no longer help

Technology and medicine are now so far advanced that even people who have very little hearing have a chance of regaining better hearing: a cochlea implant (CI) is an electronic hearing prosthesis, which can be used when conventional hearing aids are not suitable. Children especially who are born deaf are often fitted with a CI. Fitting of a CI at an early age is advantageous, enabling the children to develop their speech and language skills. 

The path to the cochlea implant

Find out here how people can gradually return to the world of sounds with the help of a Cochlea Implant.

1. Diagnosis and referral:
The necessity of a CI is usually diagnosed by an ENT physician or an audiologist who then refers the patient to a specialist CI centre.

2. Consultation:

There it is determined whether the person is an eligible candidate for a CI. Should this be the case, he/she is informed about the operation, the way the CI operates, as well as the rehabilitation.

3. Operation:
In an ENT clinic the surgeon implants the inner components of the CI and places the electrode in the cochlea. The operation lasts approximately two to four hours.

4. Fitting and rehabilitation:

The first activation and fitting of the system by the CI audiologist usually occurs two to four weeks after the operation. The post-operative rehabilitation then begins:

  • The speech processor in adult patients is set according to individual hearing ability. Extensive hearing and speech training lasting for several months then follows.
  • Rehabilitation for children usually lasts several months or years. The children learn hearing and speech ability with intensive support during that time.

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A hearing care professional can reliably test your hearing and inform you about technological options.
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