Hearing-aid amplification remains the mainstay of rehabilitation for patients with sensorineural hearing loss. Unfortunately, hearings aids are amplifiers, not clarifiers, and, as such, leave patients less than satisfied.
Cochlear implants have revolutionized the management of patients with severe sensorineural hearing loss or deafness. They are the only prosthesis that successfully replaces sensory function. Many objective studies have proven their value in the treatment of pediatric patients' prelingual and postlingual severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss, and in adults with postlingual sensorineural hearing loss. Implant devices and surgical techniques have been refined since their introduction and surgical complications are rare. This remains a rapidly expanding and exciting field as software and hardware become more sophisticated and indications for use of these devices broaden.
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