When hearing aids aren't enough

Do you wear hearing aids but still struggle to hear? A hearing implant may be the answer.

Despite having hearing aids, Nina still felt isolated because she couldn’t hear properly

What you'll find on this page

  • How to recognise the signs that hearing aids are not enough.
  • How to take the next steps to better hearing.

Losing your hearing may seem like a part of ageing that's unavoidable, but there are ways to help improve your hearing, even when hearing aids no longer work.

That's why if you think you have hearing loss, it's important you take action as soon as possible. Ignoring the signs can affect more than just your ability to hear.

"A couple of students came up and told me they'd asked me questions and that I ignored them. I don't ignore people, so I sat down with the students and spoke to them and found out that I was pretty deaf."

- John R. Cochlear™ implant recipient, Australia

Signs that hearing aids may not be providing enough benefit for you

With your hearing aids, do you:

  • Have difficulty hearing conversations, especially with background noise?

  • Ask people to repeat themselves?

  • Misunderstand what people say?

  • Have trouble hearing on the telephone?

  • Turn up the TV volume louder than others in the room prefer?

  • Feel people often mumble when they talk?

  • Struggle to hear sounds of nature, such as birds chirping or rain falling?

  • Find yourself agreeing, smiling or nodding during conversations when you're not sure what's been said?

  • Withdraw from conversations because it's too difficult to hear?

  • Read lips to understand what people are saying?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a hearing device, like a cochlear implant or bone conduction implant, may be the answer.

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