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Restoring Hearing Loss at Penn Medicine ENT – The Patient Experience

January 25, 2020


– I’m going to take a
look in your ears first, just to see what’s going on. When patients come to our
center, they typically begin by having a diagnostic hearing assessment. – We have a number of different
technologies that we can use to get an accurate assessment
of the patients hearing. – You do a hearing test
and you start putting the pieces of the puzzle together. – Often those patients are
also seeing an ear, nose, and throat physician after they
have their hearing evaluation, so that the team together
can make the appropriate recommendation of what should come next. – If you do have a hearing
loss and a hearing impairment, the natural thing to do would
be to rehabilitate that, by wearing hearing aids. – [Michele] Hearing aids aren’t
what your grandmother wore. They’re attractive cosmetically because they’ve been miniaturized. – [Woman] They have just
gotten smaller and smaller and the battery life has
gotten longer and longer. – We are able to provide access
to almost every hearing aid manufacturer that exists, and
because we’re able to offer all those different choices,
I can make the right match. People with the hearing
aids that are made today it goes into both ears,
their hearing in stereo they can bass boost, they
can focus the conversation that’s amazing. – What you see in red is your right ear blue is your left ear.
Here are your thresholds with the softest level you
can hear each of those sounds. – [Michelle] When a person
has severely profound hearing loss and they’ve reached a point where hearing aids are
no longer beneficial. We consider them for an implant. – Certainly we do offer
hearing aid services and we are very confident in those
services that we provide. But the variety of other
products and services that are available out there
is really what makes people happy to be coming to Penn. – What’s really exciting patients with regards to implantables
is wireless technology, blue tooth streaming
capabilities, smaller, lighter, devices that are less
intrusive and make them more comfortable wearing them. – Cochlear implant technology
is something that is for an individual who typically
has moderate to profound sensory neural hearing lost
or inner ear hearing lost. – One of the most
satisfying things is putting a cochlear ear implant in
a patient who can’t hear. – Where do you want to go when we leave? – I want to go some
place to eat, what else. – Of course! (laughing) – [Man] That’s pretty incredible you can see how that
changes their personality. Some patients were very
withdrawn before hand and then you see them open up. – The auditory brain stem
implant if for a very specific set of patients who really
don’t have any other options. – They have acoustic
neuromas on both sides so they may lose your hearing in both ears because of the tumors. It’s actually put by the
cochlear nucleus by the hearing pathways in the brain
stem and can give them some auditory perception. – [Man] The team here at
Penn is the first team in the region to be able
to offer this technology. – BAHA basically allows the
sound to by-pass the damaged outer or middle ear and
stimulate the inner ear which is functioning more normally. Without having to put a
traditional hearing aid on the ear. – [Woman] We also offer
bone conduction devices. Bone conduction actually sends
a vibration from the skull to stimulate the inner ear.
In essence by passing the outer or the middle ear where we expect the problem is occurring and
stimulating the inner ear directly. (upbeat music) – [Woman] We are able to
offer patients everything that is available without holding back. – It’s the only sense we can now restore. We can take people who are
deaf and make them hear again. – [Woman] Their not going to
be frustrated and isolated. We’re going to give them a mechanism to help themselves get back
to communicating with their family and friends. (music fade)

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