Many different treatments help hearing problems. Hearing aids and cochlear implants amplify sounds for better hearing. Other techniques, such as lip reading, can help you learn to adapt to hearing impairment.
Early intervention in children, before 6 months of age, can help them develop and learn at the same rate as their peers. Because children with hearing impairments learn the skill of hearing, rather than recover from their impairment, it's often called hearing habilitation.
Hearing habilitation includes:
- hearing aids
- listening strategies
assistive technology, such as:- amplified telephones
Cochlear implants can also be helpful. These are devices that are surgically implanted into your ear. They use microphones to detect sound and transmit it to your auditory nerve, avoiding damaged portions of your ear.
Hearing rehabilitation helps adults with hearing problems. These services include:- hearing aids