EVMS Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons
Otology

Hearing Aids and Other Devices for Hearing Loss

There are many devices available for the management of hearing loss. Which device is best for an individual’s specific needs should be determined by the patient with the advice of a physician and an audiologist. When hearing loss is present in both ears and the doctor and audiologist recommend two hearing aids, many patients wonder whether this is necessary. There are several advantages to wearing a hearing aid in both hearing-impaired ears. Learn more about the advantages of two hearing aids …

Federal regulation prohibits any hearing aid sale unless the buyer has first received a medical evaluation from a physician. An otolaryngologist, audiologist, or an independent dispenser can dispense aids. Hearing aids should be custom fitted and for each individual’s hearing needs. Hearing aids purchased by mail-order typically cannot be custom fitted. It is also important to purchase a hearing aid from a professional to whom the patient will have easy access for follow-up visits and supplies.

Cochlear implants are available for patients with sensorineural hearing loss not adequately treated with hearing aids. Learn more about Cochlear implants.

 

Other hearing assistive devices:

  • Telephone amplifiers for both land lines and cell phones
  • Infrared systems for TV and theaters
  • FM systems
  • Devices for monitoring of smoke detectors, telephone and door bells, and alarms
  • Implantable hearing aids
  • Bone anchored hearing aids