For people with hearing loss caused by severe damage to the ear canal, the ear drum, the middle ear bones or the inner ear, implantable devices can provide significant hearing improvement. A surgical implant is very different from a hearing aid. Hearing aids amplify sound. Implants compensate for damaged or nonworking parts of the middle or inner ear, thereby enabling patients who are not candidates for traditional aids to hear. Implanting a hearing device is a surgical procedure performed by an otologist (ear surgeon). Otologists are trained in surgery as well as medicine. At Lahey Hospital & Medical Center three types of devices are offered:
The Department of Otolaryngology at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center has the expertise and technology to implant all of these devices. Your physician will help you determine whether an implantable device is right for you. These devices may not be covered by insurance. For more information, please call 781-744-2528.