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T- Coil - Hearing Injury.com

The T-Coils Are Coming

By Dennis A. Colucci, AuD, MA


Depending upon the type and degree of hearing loss, patients have various difficulties hearing at movie theaters, stage performances, worship services, and lectures. Users of hearing aids and cochlear implants may struggle to hear when watching television, listening to their MP3 players, or talking on the telephone. Many of them cannot hear when there is background noise, regardless of the technology.


For some patients, especially seniors or the technologically challenged, the complexities of assistive listening devices are formidable, and their successful use is unrealistic. Solutions to hearing loss should not mean having an extra job managing gizmos. In my experience, if the hearing aid characteristics are optimized, connectivity devices eventually go by the wayside— convenience rules!


The relationship between the use of hearing aids (and other devices) and depression has been clearly demonstrated (Geriatr Gerontol Int 2012;12[3]:440-445). Furthermore, Andrea Ciorba and colleagues reported that only 39 percent of elderly subjects with hearing loss considered their health to be very good or their global quality of life to be excellent, compared with 68 percent of those without hearing loss (Clin Interv Aging 2012;7:159-163).

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