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How many types of permanent hearing aid implants are there?

There are four common types of permanent hearing aid implants. The most common are cochlear implants. 

Bone anchored hearing aids are attached to the skull and transmit sound to the inner ear. These hearing aids can be removed for activities like swimming or showering.

Auditory brainstem implants are similar to cochlear implants. These permanent hearing aid implants help individuals who have problems with their auditory nerves.

Middle ear implants work similarly to a regular hearing aid. They do not restore hearing but amplify sound to make it louder and easier to understand.

There might be a cost difference for the different types of permanent hearing aid implants, impacting decisions on which method to choose.

What is a permanent hearing aid implant (cochlear implant)?

Is a cochlear implant better than a hearing aid?

Can cochlear implants cure deafness?

How are permanent hearing aid implants placed in the ear?

How long do permanent hearing aid implants last?

What is the success rate of permanent hearing aid implants?

What are the disadvantages of cochlear implants?

* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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