Plastic surgery isn’t always for aesthetic or cosmetic reasons. In fact, certain forms of surgeries can help to restore happiness for individuals in other ways and can offer a whole new appreciation to experiencing life. For those suffering from disabilities such as hearing loss, the option for surgical intervention could be a great opportunity. There are so many advancements in hearing aid technology and treatment that it’s really difficult to quantify it all. If you or a loved one has struggled with hearing loss in the past then you likely have felt stifled. Advances in treatment, like so much else in recent days, have rushed onward leaving many former skeptics now finding the relief they seek and sounds to be heard.

Digital

Perhaps the biggest treatment in hearing aid technology in recent years has been the movement from analog to digital hearing aid devices, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Digital hearing aid patients are often able to have their hearing tests stored in a central database. This database not only connects your hearing aid to a central computer but the device can track the degree and pattern of the individual hearing loss. This customized technology is something that wasn’t around several years ago and only continues to get better in present day.

Analog

Many longer term hearing aid patients can’t adapt to the sound quality of exclusively digital hearing aid devices. For these folks there are still analog and digital combined technologies which may be a better fit than exclusively analog devices. Your audiologist can help you determine the exact circuitry that will work best for your specific hearing loss needs.

Styles

Many of the hearing aid styles have also become a lot less gaudy allowing users to enjoy a much greater quality of life without the evident look of a bulky hearing aid device within or around their ears. Many modern hearing aid patients have such obscure devices that people don’t even notice that they are wearing hearing aids at the outset. Behind the Ear, Open Fit Mini Behind the Ear, In the Ear, In the Canal, and Completely in the Canal is a pretty broad survey of the different styles of hearing aids which are available. Of course the individual needs of the patient and their preference will be main deciders in the style discussion.

Surgery

For more extreme cases of hearing treatment or for those who have decided that a hearing aid isn’t for them, there are many great surgeries available. Hearing aid implants are one real striking advancement in the modern day hearing aid trade. These implants are invisible, allow for swimming underwater, showering and physical exercise with no removal of the implant. Moreover they have a 4.5 to 9 year battery life depending on the usage and they allow for hearing 24/7. There is no daily maintenance and maybe even better it’s your natural hearing. There are no microphones or any other artificial hearing devices. Bone-anchored hearing aids are another option for people with all manner of hearing loss; from single sided deafness to unilateral hearing loss to people with more mixed hearing loss.

Of course you should speak with your doctor before you decide on a plan moving forward and you should always get the treatment with which you are most comfortable. Hearing loss doesn’t have to mean the end of living the life you’re accustomed to though. These advances in hearing loss technology are only stronger proof of that!

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Amanda Kaestner

Amanda Kaestner is a resident of Phoenix’s tech scene. She’s an avid seeker of the latest technology and intrigued at the ways it continues to help improve lives in healthcare, maximize business relationships, and provide more efficiency in the home.

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