Do you have to sit next to your friend with your “good ear” in order to participate in a conversation? Are you unaware of sounds arising on your deaf side? Do you find it challenging to converse in groups or in background noise?
The loss of hearing in one ear, single sided deafness (SSD), is more common and more troublesome than most people realize. About 60,000 people acquire Single Sided Deafness (SSD) in the U.S. every year and many try to manage without the benefit of available devices. Many recipients of these devices report listening is easier and more comfortable with a device than without one.
Learn more about the management options available that can restore your ability to hear and understand speech on the deaf side. Discussion will include bone anchored implants, CROS hearing aids, TransEar®, SoundBite®, and the future potential of cochlear implants.
This web chat will help you understand what options may be available to you for SSD and the advantages these devices can offer in your daily life.
Erika Woodson, MD, is the Medical Director of the Hearing Implant Program and a otologist/neurotologist/skull-base surgeon. Dr. Woodson’s research interests include hybrid cochlear implantation and acoustic neuroma surgery
Sarah Sydlowski is the Audiology Director of the Hearing Implant Program and a clinical audiologist for the Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Neck Institute. Dr. Sydlowski specializes in cochlear implants, bone-anchored implants, evoked potentials, hearing aids, and diagnostics. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Woodson or Dr. Sydlowski or any of the other specialists in the Head & Neck Institute at Cleveland Clinic, please call 216.445.8500 or 800.223.2273 ext 48500. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/audiology
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