It's about more than just hearing.

Posted by Ashley Derrington on February 7, 2019

Getting the Esteem® is not an easy decision, and it’s not one to take likely, but if an audiologist says, “well, you could do just as well with hearing aid,” that is completely missing the point. Sure, on the surface hearing aids and Esteem® do the same thing – they help you hear better. They certainly do, but Esteem® offers you so much more than just better hearing.

It’s about waking up each day and, for a brief moment, forgetting I am hard of hearing because I can leave my Esteem® on throughout the night (heaven forbid a fire alarm goes off, I can hear it!). I don’t have to find my hearing aids, check for batteries, put them in, or anything like that. I wake up and I’m hearing at my best.

I don’t have that immediate reminder first thing in the morning telling me that I’m different from everyone else like I do when I have to put my hearing aids on.

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Topics: hear everyday, all-day, live well with hearing loss, recipients, testimonial, Esteem

Battery Replacement for the New Year - A personal Story

Posted by Amy Pajula on January 8, 2019

 As a bilateral Esteem® patient, I have experienced hassle-free hearing for almost 9 years. It has been an amazing journey and one that I would never change. Not for anything. I jump in lakes, go water-skiing, and hop on a paddle board when I feel like it. I throw my hair back in a ponytail when I go to the gym, and don’t worry about sweat. I pull my winter hat over my ears when I go outside without feedback or worrying about static electricity damaging something. I don’t have to clean earwax or worry about humidity, and I no longer live in fear of losing a hearing aid (which I did right before getting my first Esteem®). In addition, I can use earbuds just like everyone else and easily talk on the phone. I have as much freedom and access to my hearing as someone who hears well without an aid.

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Topics: Esteem, hearing loss, live well with hearing loss, Amy, hear everyday, all-day, testimonial

When Hearing Aids Are Not Cutting It, Active Middle Ear Implants Might Do.

Posted by Ashley Derrington on December 4, 2018

You may not know they exist or what they are, but active middle ear implants – or AMEIs as they are sometimes referred to – have created new treatment options for some people with hearing loss. An AMEI refers to a surgically implanted hearing device that directly interacts with a part of the middle ear – one or more of the tiny middle ear bones (i.e., middle ear ossicles) – and is “active” in that it is imparting its own energy on the middle ear rather than just being a passive prosthetic. Active middle ear implants (AMEIs) can be either fully implanted with nothing external or semi-implanted with an external portion and an internal portion.

Some argue that part of the clinical value AMEIs offer is derived from “provid[ing] direct drive hearing in which sound is converted directly to vibratory energy and transmitted to the ossicles. …Converting sound directly to energy is more efficient and ultimately may provide improved speech discrimination and preferred sound quality compared to [conventional hearing aids].” [i] 

How do they work?

Active middle ear implants work differently depending on the device, but they all directly drive the middle ear with mechanical energy as opposed to just making sounds louder, like the conventional hearing aids. The direct interaction with the middle ear can help overcome some of the limitations of conventional hearing aids.

Who’s a candidate?

AMEI’s are designed to alleviate a certain type and level of hearing loss.

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Topics: untreated or under-treated, hear everyday, all-day, Safety, live well with hearing loss, hearing loss

What to expect. A surgeon's perspective.

Posted by Envoy Medical Staff Member on November 23, 2018

Can you imagine having your cake and eating it too? That might be what you can expect with the Esteem® hearing implant. The Esteem® is a hearing solution that alleviates your hearing loss, but without the external device and without the hassles or frustrations of hearing aids – an all day, everyday hearing solution that works with you and your lifestyle.

If you’re curious about what to expect from the Esteem® procedure, you’re in luck. Here to share insight into the procedure is Dr. Jack Shohet, a neurotologist who has completed over 300 Esteem® cases, more than any other active surgeon in the U.S.

1.     What is the Esteem implant procedure like?

Surprising to some, the Esteem® implant procedure is actually an

 outpatient procedure, meaning patients come in and out of the office on the same day. The whole process takes only several hours - patients are administered general anesthesia, we place the implant components and then patients are free to go.

2.     Can you describe the average recovery process?

After the initial procedure, patients 

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Topics: hear everyday, all-day, live well with hearing loss, testimonial, recipients, Esteem, Safety

Taking Charge of Hearing Loss: Be Your Own Hearing Advocate!

Posted by Envoy Medical Staff Member on November 20, 2018

Senior couple in a foreign city using a road map. Mature couple on a vacation using map for directions.

Hearing loss often creeps up on us slowly over time. We start by turning the volume up on the TV, the phone and the radio. Over time it can progress to a point of frustration, as “What?” becomes a more constant word in our vocabulary. Before long, it can start to have a negative impact on our relationships and how we function.

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Topics: live well with hearing loss, hearing loss, Esteem, hear everyday, all-day

What I Wish The Skeptics Knew

Posted by Ashley Derrington on November 16, 2018

When people find out I have the Esteem, their reaction is usually one of two things: amazement and a desire to learn more or skepticism and no aspiration to understand more about my choice in hearing restoration.

I know many people are skeptical about Esteem. Heck, I used to be one of those people! It is new and different. Change is hard to accept sometimes. It was not an easy road to implantation and acceptance of the Esteem, but now that I have it I can’t imagine my life without it. I wish skeptics could see a video montage of my life before and after Esteem. I think you’d see that my overall quality of life has improved significantly, and I’m better off as a result.

I spoke with a friend recently about the benefits of having my Esteem. She mentioned that my descriptions reminded her a lot of her experience with Lasik eye surgery. Great results with the benefit of convenience and being hassle-free. Maybe that’s an image more can understand. I must add, though, that the concepts of convenience and hassle-free only touch the surface of what needs to be known about this life-changing device.

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Topics: testimonial, live well with hearing loss, Esteem, hearing loss, recipients, hear everyday, all-day

Ten Summer Activities Made Easier with the Esteem

Posted by Envoy Medical Staff Member on June 1, 2018

Hearing aids can be a big-time pain in the summer and get in the way of enjoying your favorite summer activities. Moisture of any kind generally doesn’t do well with hearing aids, so humidity, sweat, summer rain showers, or having fun around water can spell trouble for your hearing aids. It usually means you either don’t participate, or participate but don’t hear. Below are ten summer activities made infinitely easier with the Esteem!

1. Biking. Comfortably wear a bike helmet and not worry about your hearing aid falling out on the road/trail or malfunctioning from perspiration.

2. Boating and swimming. You don’t have to worry about damaging your Esteem around water. Everything is internal, so nothing can get ruined from water. You can jump in and swim or waterski without even thinking about your Esteem. Or maybe you are watching kids or grandkids and need to be able to hear at all times and don’t want to worry about an external hearing aid falling out or being ruined from water exposure. It’s a delight not to have to worry about your hearing aids with the Esteem. sail boat

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Topics: live well with hearing loss, hear everyday, all-day, hearing loss, Esteem

Using your Esteem Near Water, While Swimming, and While Showering

Posted by Envoy Medical Staff Member on August 17, 2017

A conventional hearing aid can’t get wet. As models climb in price and add new features, a user still risks destroying a hearing aid when enjoying the lake or showering. If you enjoy swimming, you’re forced with the single option of leaving the hearing aid on your towel, giving up your aided-hearing while swimming, and sacrificing your situational awareness.

Envoy Medical knows how frustrating and nerve-racking this aspect of hearing loss treatment can be, and thanks to the Esteem, our users no longer need to give up hearing around water.

swimming in pool

For all Esteem users, the transition from dry to wet environments is seamless. This summer when you’re at the pool teaching your kids to swim, or enjoying a run through the sprinkler during a hot day, don’t worry about remembering to take your hearing aid out or, on the other hand, being able to hear when your hearing aid isn’t in your ear because you don’t want it to get wet.

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Topics: live well with hearing loss, Esteem, Safety, hear everyday, all-day

Hearing loss is a lifelong journey that can be an emotional roller-coaster. It can be daunting, frustrating, and isolating. It is important to know, however, that you are not alone. You are one of tens of millions of people live with some type and level of hearing loss. There is a broad community of people who understand what you are going through. 
 
That being said, your journey is unique, and how you approach your hearing loss is up to you. Hopefully, with the support and guidance of family, friends, and, of course, hearing healthcare professionals.  
 
The Sounding Board blog is designed to provide some insight on everything from general hearing loss topics to the specific experiences of individuals willing to share some stories from their personal journey.
 
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