The biggest question most people have after their implant is, “Why on earth did I wait so long?”
In the 30 years we’ve done this, we’ve never once heard someone say, “I wished I would have waited.” In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. When you see how easy the process is, and hear how amazing the results are, you’ll wish you’d done it sooner, too.
It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
Step 1: Hearing Evaluation
First things first, contact a Hearing Implant Specialist. Once the hearing specialist determines that you’re a good candidate and recommends the best hearing solution, you’ll talk with a surgeon about the procedure. If you’re a candidate for bone conduction implants, you can test the Baha Sound Processor with our Softband at any time and immediately hear the difference.
And unlike hearing aids, hybrid implants, cochlear implants and bone conduction implants are covered by most insurance plans, Medicare and typically Medicaid.*
Step 2: Implant Procedure
This outpatient surgery is usually done under general anesthesia. Hybrid implant procedures and cochlear implant procedures last only a couple of hours, and bone conduction procedures last less than an hour. After an implant procedure, most people are back to their normal activities in just a few days.
Step 3: Activation or Fitting
Hybrid Implants and Cochlear Implants
This is the moment everyone’s been waiting for. Shortly after your implant, you’ll be ready for the processor to be turned on. And your life will change at the flick of a switch.
Bone Conduction Implants
You’ll have to wait about 3 to 6 months for the implant to osseointegrate, or fuse, with the bone. But your patience will pay off when the hearing specialist fits the Baha Sound Processor and you hear for the first time.
Getting the Most Out of Your Hearing Solution
Before long, you could be hearing better than you ever thought possible. The For Recipients section of our website will offer plenty of tools, resources and support to guide you through your new hearing life.
Connect with a hearing implant recipient
No one knows more about the process than someone who’s already gone through it. Through the Cochlear Concierge, you can connect to a rare group of people who are not only audiologists, but also have firsthand experience as an implant recipient or as the parent of one.
*The Nucleus® Hybrid System may be classified as new technology by health plans and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis until universal adoption. Cochlear is being proactive with working with the insurance companies to expand their consideration of coverage for the Nucleus Hybrid Implant System on an ongoing basis.