The World Health Organization has designated today, March 3rd, as International Ear Care Day. According to the WHO, approximately 50% of cases of hearing loss worldwide could be avoided through primary prevention techniques.
Like any big decision, getting a cochlear implant involves just a little bit of a leap of faith. No matter how much you research, there is no way to know 100% what will happen with the surgery, activation, or rehabilitation. By and large, results are fantastic, but how can you know what to expect for your/your child’s speech, language, and listening progress? Regardless of the individual candidate’s circumstances, a few rules apply across all situations: It’s All About the Brain, It’s All About Time, and It’s All About the Therapy.
For many who receive a CI, the choice is clear-cut: hearing aids simply do not provide sufficient benefit for language and listening to people with profound hearing loss when compared to the performance of a cochlear implant. But what about hearing aid users who are doing “well enough” with their current technology, but are on the fence about whether or not a cochlear implant is the right option for them?
An audiologist is a professional trained to diagnose and treat non-medical problems of hearing and balance. The entry degree for audiologists is either a clinical doctorate (AuD) or research doctorate (PhD), though audiologists used to be able to practice with a Master’s Degree, so some have been grandfathered in.