FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ABOUT COCHLEAR™

What is a cochlear implant?
A cochlear implant is an implantable hearing solution that bypasses the damaged inner ear to provide better hearing than with hearing aids. At the Seminar, you can learn much more about cochlear implants.
 
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What is a Baha (Bone conduction hearing solution)?
The Baha is the world’s first programmable direct bone conduction hearing system. At the Seminar, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Baha system.
 
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Are cochlear implants reimbursed by insurance plans?
Yes, cochlear implants are covered by Medicare, most insurance plans, and may be covered by Medicaid.
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How much do cochlear implants or Baha devices cost?
Cost varies; however, implantable hearing devices including cochlear implants and Baha are reimbursed by most insurance plans and Medicare/Medicaid. Check with your health plan for more information about your personal coverage.
 
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ABOUT OUR COMPANY

Who is sponsoring the Hearing Health Seminar?
Cochlear Americas, a leading manufacturer of implantable hearing solutions, is the sponsor of the Seminar. Local hearing loss organizations from your community will also be participating as exhibitors.
 
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Who is Cochlear Americas?
Cochlear is the leading global hearing solutions company with facilities in 100 countries and with implantable hearing devices used by 250,000 people worldwide.
 
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Where can I go for more information about cochlear implants?
You can go to the Cochlear Americas website (www.cochlearamericas.com). You may also request a a free candidate kit.
 
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REGISTRATION

Do I have to pre-register?
There is no requirement that you pre-register for this free Seminar. Pre-registration will save you time when you arrive at the event!
 
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Can I just walk in without pre-registering?
Yes, you may. We prefer you register so we can best prepare for the number of attendees we will have.
 
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May I bring a friend(s) or additional family members?
Yes, of course. We think it is important for everyone to better understand hearing loss options.
 
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WHAT TO EXPECT

What is the Hearing Health Seminar?
The Hearing Health Seminar is a free and informative opportunity for people who have severe to profound hearing loss and struggle with their hearing aids to learn more about hearing treatment options.The Seminar includes:
- An exhibit hall where you can learn about local resources, obtain information on insurance coverage and talk with local physicians and audiologists.
- Captioned education sessions presented by local physicians and audiologists about hearing loss and advanced treatment options other than hearing aids.
- A lounge where you can meet cochlear implant and Baha users.
 
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What topics will be discussed at the Seminar?
Educational sessions will be presented by local physicians and audiologists about advanced treatment options for individuals with severe to profound hearing loss. Cochlear implant users and Baha users will also discuss their experiences. Cochlear Americas' insurance specialists will be on hand to answer questions.


7:30 AM - Registration Opens


8:00 AM - Exhibit Hall and Lounge Open


8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
- Education Session - When Hearing Aids are No Longer Enough
- Education Session - Living and Hearing With Cochlear Implants


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM 
- Meet Local Providers and find resources in Exhibit Hall
- Meet cochlear implant users and Baha users in the Cochlear Lounge


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
- Education Session - Getting a Cochlear Implant (Local Physician Panel)


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
- Meet Local Providers and find resources in Exhibit Hall
- Meet cochlear implant users and Baha users in the Cochlear Lounge


12:30 PM - Hearing Health Seminar ends
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Hearing aids are no longer enough for me (or my loved one). Should I (we) attend the Seminar?
The Hearing Health Seminar is a free and informative opportunity for people who have severe to profound hearing loss and struggle with their hearing aids to learn more about hearing treatment options.The Seminar includes:
- Captioned education sessions presented by local physicians and audiologists about hearing loss and advanced treatment options other than hearing aids.
- A lounge where you can meet cochlear implant users.
- An exhibit hall where you can learn about local resources, obtain information on insurance coverage and talk with local physicians and audiologists.View testimonials from other individuals who have attended these events. (close-captioned)
 
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Do I have to stay for the full session?
You may arrive or leave at anytime. Please check the schedule of educational sessions to ensure you attend the ones of most interest to you. You will be able to visit the hearing health experts in the exhibit hall and speak with cochlear implant users at your leisure.
 
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Will people be trying to pressure me to buy something?
No, this is an educational event. It is a free and informative opportunity for people who struggle with their hearing aids to learn more about alternative hearing solutions. View testimonials from other individuals who have attended these events. (close-captioned)
 
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Will I be able to speak with others who have a cochlear implant or have a Baha (bone conduction hearing system)?
Yes, Cochlear Americas cochlear implant users and Cochlear Americas Baha users will be available to talk with you about their personal experiences. View user experiences. (close-captioned)
 
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Is there a cost to attend the seminar?
No, the Hearing Health Seminar is Free!
 
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What if I can only come for part of the time?
That is fine! When you arrive, you can meet with a Cochlear Americas representative who can tell you the best areas to visit based on your areas of interest.
 
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Will the sessions be captioned for hearing impaired people?
Yes, the educational sessions will include captioning.
 
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Will there be an interpreter, someone who knows American Sign Language?
Yes, we will have individuals who are proficient in American Sign Language.
 
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Are children allowed to attend?
Yes. We do ask that the children stay with their parents or caregiver at all times.
 
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Is this Seminar appropriate for younger people and children with hearing loss? (information for pediatric hearing loss issues)
Yes. Information will be available related to pediatric hearing loss options. In addition, hearing health experts in pediatric hearing care will be on-site and available to answer your questions.
 
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Will there be bilingual translators/bilingual materials?
We will have materials in Spanish at the Seminar. The sessions will be in English.
 
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Are there facilities for individuals with disabilities?
Yes, the meeting facility will be accessible to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
 
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May I have my hearing checked?
Local audiologists, physicians and clinics will be available to schedule an appointment. If you have an audiogram (hearing test result), please bring it with you.
 
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What is the dress code?
Casual dress is appropriate.
 
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Is there parking?
Yes, parking is available. If there is a fee, self-parking will be validated.
 
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I have no transportation, can you pick me up?
We will not be providing transportation for this event.
 
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Is food provided?
Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.
 
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Why has my hearing aid dispenser never told me about this?
That is hard to answer because every situation is different. However, our Hearing Health Seminar can provide you with information about hearing solutions that might be right for you.
 
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