Individuals who have enough hearing in the ear opposite to that of the implant are encouraged to continue to wear their hearing aid and listen “bimodally.” Our experts are also trained in the most current hearing aid technologies, so patient hearing is maximized regardless of the technology used.
While cochlear implants are designed and programmed to maximize audibility and improve hearing in most situations, there are often areas of difficulty (i.e. understanding speech in the presence of competing noise or music appreciation) which remain a challenge for the listener. The MCICE audiologists and speech-language pathologists work with patients to identify and fit assistive technology that may be used to supplement the audition provided by their implant/hearing aid system. The term "assistive technology" includes devices such as remote microphones, captioned telephones, alerting devices, and cell phone/tablet Apps for device adjustments and/or troubleshooting. With so many options available, finding the right device can be overwhelming -- but you don't have do do it alone!