According to the World Health Organization, there are about 466 million people with disabling hearing loss around the world.1
In children, hearing loss is associated with speech development issues, difficulties making friends and learning problems in schools.2 For adults, there are reported associations between hearing loss and loneliness, and research has suggested that hearing loss could be linked to depression and dementia.3,4
However, there are options beyond hearing aids to help your patients improve their hearing and enhance their quality of life.
Use the Delphi Consensus Group statements to benchmark your practice guidelines addressing cochlear implantation for adults.
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Since launching the world's first cochlear implant system almost 40 years ago, Cochlear has provided more than 600,000 implantable devices, helping people of all ages to hear.
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Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.
Deafness and hearing loss [Internet]. World Health Organization. 2018 [cited 26 September 2018]. Available from: http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss
Effects of Hearing Loss on Development [Internet]. Asha.org. 2018 [cited 26 September 2018]. Available from: https://www.asha.org/public/hearing/effects-of-hearing-loss-on-development/
Contrera K, Sung Y, Betz J, Li L, Lin F. Change in loneliness after intervention with cochlear implants or hearing aids. The Laryngoscope. 2017;127(8):1885-1889.
Rutherford B, Brewster K, Golub J, Kim A, Roose S. Sensation and Psychiatry: Linking Age-Related Hearing Loss to Late-Life Depression and Cognitive Decline. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2018;175(3):215-224.