Do you experience moderate to severe hearing loss? If so, there’s a newer treatment option that can help: The Esteem® prosthetic inner ear stimulator implant.
North Alabama ENT’s own Dr. William McFeely had a chance to review how well Esteem implant works in his own series of patients. That study, recently published in the Journal of Laryngology & Otology, showed excellent postoperative hearing results for more than 100 of his patients who used them.
How Does Esteem Work?
The Esteem is an osseointegrated active middle ear implant (AMEI). It is the only FDA-approved, completely internal hearing device that helps improve the hearing of adults diagnosed with moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss.
This implant does not have an external microphone, but rather uses a person’s own eardrum as well as the first and second hearing bones to capture sounds. The sounds are then amplified and processed internally to help those with hearing loss in their everyday life. That means you can go back to clear conversations with your loved ones and enjoying the sounds of nature and the environment around you. The Esteem is a fantastic lifestyle hearing implant which allows the user to hear more easily in all situations on a continuous basis, 24 hours per day.
Here’s what Dr. McFeely recently had to say in Business Wire:
“These study results provide further evidence to support the use of fully implanted active middle ear implants such as the Esteem for patients with moderate-to-severe sensorineural hearing loss who are unable to use or do not benefit from hearing aids.
Large studies of patient outcomes with AMEI are still lacking largely due to the lack of insurance coverage, so patients who may benefit from these devices may not be offered an AMEI as a treatment option.
However, many patients with hearing loss haven’t found hearing aids to be an optimal choice and are still searching for alternatives; AMEIs such as the Esteem represent an excellent alternative.”
Consider Esteem for Yourself
For more information on how Esteem implants can help you, or to schedule a hearing evaluation appointment with Dr. McFeely, call us at North Alabama ENT Associates, P.C. today.