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For moderate to severe hearing loss, what are the best treatments? 

Severe to profound hearing loss is a significant auditory impairment that can greatly impact one’s quality of life. There are several treatment options available, but the best treatment approach may depend on the cause and severity of the hearing loss, as well as the individual’s personal preferences and needs. Here are some of the most common treatment options for severe to profound hearing loss: 

  1. Hearing aids: These devices amplify sound and can benefit individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss. For severe to profound hearing loss, hearing aids may not provide enough amplification to be effective on their own, but they can be combined with other treatments. 
  1. Cochlear implants: A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that is surgically implanted into the inner ear to bypass damaged hair cells in the cochlear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. Cochlear implants can be highly effective for individuals with severe to profound hearing loss, especially those who do not benefit from hearing aids. 
  1. Bone-anchored hearing systems (BAHA): These devices transmit sound via bone conduction and can be an effective option for individuals with conductive or mixed hearing loss or for those who cannot wear traditional hearing aids.  
  1. Auditory brainstem implants: These devices are surgically implanted into the brainstem and can provide a way for individuals with severe to profound hearing loss to perceive sound.  
  1. Sign language and other communication techniques: For individuals who do not benefit from or are not candidates for hearing aids or implants, sign language and other forms of visual communication can be highly effective.  

It is important to work with a qualified audiologist or hearing healthcare professional to determine the best treatment approach for your specific hearing loss and needs.  

This response has been drafted with the assistance of AI. It has then been checked, edited and approved by our BHA audiology team. 

Updated on February 22, 2023

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