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Shortly after your child is diagnosed, you and your family will have to decide what assistive auditory devices, if any, your child will use.  

 

The most common ones are cochlear implants (CI) and hearing aids (HA).

Hover on the photos below for more explanation about each.

 

Below, Tinsley's mother shares what audiological devices Tinsley uses.

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Cochlear Implant

Image by Matt Gross

Cochlear implantation involves surgery and implantation of a receiver to transmit sound directly to the auditory nerve. In order to use CIs, the d/Deaf person wears an external processor that sits on the outside of the ear.

Image by Mark Paton

Hearing Aid

Image by Rafael Garcin




Hearing aids
are removable devices that amplify sound enough for a person's residual hearing to pick it up.

Typically, insurance companies cover cochlear implantation surgery and technology,

but not hearing aids.  

 

In America, 24 states have laws requiring insurers to pay

for hearing aids for d/Deaf children but cochlear implants are covered nationwide.

Sometimes, parents may not want to implant their child, but are forced to do so

because they do not have the means to pay for hearing aids out of pocket,

which cost thousands of dollars.

Molly isn't a candidate for cochlear implantation and wears hearing aids. 

Below, her mother talks about her frustrations with insurance company coverage.

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