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Where to go when hearing aids aren’t enough

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Clarity Hearing Solutions are proud to provide cochlear implant, bone anchored and middle ear implant services to all our sites including our regional and remote clinics. From candidacy assessments, referral pathways, travel, accommodation, surgery, switch on and all other mapping services, we will take you through the entire journey. Clarity Hearing Solutions also have a choice of three locations where you can be implanted, Brisbane, Gold Coast or Townsville.

Cochlear Implant Pricing

The biggest deterrent for adults that may benefit from a cochlear implant or other implantable technology is the perception that they are unaffordable. A cochlear implant and processor can cost up to $30,000, but at Clarity Hearing Solutions we are proud to be able to facilitate the uptake for those requiring implants by using a combination of private health insurance and Medicare to fully cover this amount. So if you have private health insurance, from just basic hospital cover, all the costs of the implant and processor will be covered. Furthermore we do not charge for any cochlear implant/bone services with all mapping consultations Medicare bulk-billed. The majority of the surgical costs are also covered by this, however any gaps can be dependent on your private health insurance and the Ear, Nose and Throat specialists billing techniques. On average we find that this can equate to several hundred dollars.

Our Implant Clinicians and Surgeons 

Clarity Hearing Solutions are one of the fastest growing implant clinics in Australia. We average around six implant appointment consultations a week and are quickly being regarded as pioneers in the field of Adult Bimodal (use of a Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant) Audiological rehabilitation. As implant technology now follows the advancements in hearing aid technology we draw upon our years of hearing aid experience and audiological rehabilitation to achieve enhanced outcomes for our cochlear implant recipients. We approach your treatment holistically making sure both the cochlear implant and hearing aid technology are compatible, they are both mapped and programmed simultaneously to ensure balance, and the associated rehabilitation focuses on integrating the two technologies.

Our surgeons are also some of the most well regarded and experienced Implant Ear Nose and Throat surgeons in the country.  Between them they have performed hundreds of implant surgeries and are also considered to be at the forefront of implantation techniques.

A little about Cochlear Implants  

Many severe to profound hearing losses are able to be treated very successfully with hearing aids. However, there are people who have such extensive damage to their hearing that the speech nerves are unable to fire even when a hearing aid provides them with adequate amplification. Generally speaking if you understand less than 50% of speech even with good quality, correctly chosen and fitted hearing aids, then a cochlear implant is recommended. However it should be noted that most problems associated with poor speech clarity or understanding with hearing aids in situ are more commonly associated with poor quality or incorrectly fitted or chosen hearing aids then actual speech nerve damage.CI pci

A cochlear implant works by using electrical impulses to activate the nerves of the inner ear directly. An electrode is surgically implanted into the inner ear and a digital speech processor is either worn on the ear or in a pocket. The speech processor picks up the sound, converts it to an electrical signal and the electrode electrically stimulates the nerve in the inner ear associated with the sound that is picked up by the speech processor.

Most modern cochlear processors have many of the same features as hearing aids such as advanced noise management, directional microphones, telecoils, bluetooth and waterproof and dustproof ratings. Like hearing aids there are several brands of Cochlear Implants and each have their own unique advantages and disadvantages however we have the choice to specifically match your need with whatever device is best for your outcome.

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Bone conduction hearing aids

While a lot of the sound we hear travels to our ears through the air (air conduction), we actually hear a great deal through vibrations in the bone (bone conduction). When a person with normal hearing hears their own voice, most of what they actually hear comes through bone conduction.

Problems in your outer or middle ear can block or restrict the flow of sound waves, preventing them from getting through effectively to your inner ear. A hearing aid relies on forcing enough sound through these problem areas, whereas bone conduction implants uses the body’s natural ability to transfer sound.

While a hearing aid tries to push sound through the damaged area, a Bone conduction System sends sound directly to your inner ear through your skull. The sound processor captures sounds in the air and then turns the sound into vibrations and sends them through the abutment or magnetic connection to a vibrating implant implant. The implant then transmits the vibrations through the bone directly to your inner ear.

These devices can be used for those with chronically discharging ear, those who have no ear canal or pinnae and also it can be used as a CROS device for single sided deafness.

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Med-El Bone Bridge

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Vibrant Sound Bridge 

The Vibrant Soundbridge is similar to a Bone Conductor except that instead of vibrating the skulls a small transducer is attached the small  bones within the middle ear (ossicles). Similar to a cochlear implant a small discreet speech processor is worn under the hair and then transmits the information to the transducer which vibrate the ossicles directly. Beneficial for all types of hearing loss including conductive, mixed and sensorineural. Unfortunately at this stage it is not covered by private health insurance.

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