Swimming and showering can be enjoyed again with the Esteem. Water doesn’t affect the device because it’s implanted. The only restriction is for scuba divers. Scuba diving is permitted down to 33 ft. Snorkeling, sailing, speed-boating and all other water activities are permissible and encouraged.
Sensorineural hearing loss can be progressive and worsen over time. The Esteem can be programmed to adjust to your hearing loss needs over time. If your hearing loss progresses beyond a point where Esteem can be effective, other options can be considered at that time.
The Esteem is implanted by a specialized ENT doctor; a neurotologist who has extensive clinical experience in ear surgery. All surgeons performing the Esteem implant are also rigorously trained by Envoy medical on the specifics of this technology.
Yes, an Esteem® can be implanted in each ear, however, the surgeries cannot be done at the same time. Typically there is a six month wait before the second implant can be done, but this needs to be verified with your surgeon.
One of the very important advantages Esteem provides is that the battery does not need to be changed for years. Battery life depends on how the Esteem is used. In most cases, the life ranges from 4.5 to 9 years*.
*If continuously exposed to loud noises, battery life may be reduced to as short as 2.8 years.
The battery is changed during a simple outpatient procedure performed by your neurotologist. Because the battery and sound processor are one in the same, Esteem technology improvements are included at the same time.
Both devices are implanted, but this is where the similarities end. A cochlear implant is an inner ear implant and the Esteem is a middle ear implant. A cochlear implant has an external sound processor with a microphone which is worn behind-the-ear (BTE). Cochlear implant recipients have to pay careful attention to the same lifestyle limitations of hearing aids. Because it is fully implanted, Esteem enables you to live a more effortless, spontaneous and connected life.
The two systems also differ in the degree of hearing loss they treat. A cochlear implant is typically for people with moderate to profound hearing loss in low frequencies and profound hearing loss in the mid to high speech frequencies. The Esteem is indicated for the most common type of hearing loss—moderate to severe nerve-related (sensorineural) hearing loss.
Esteem is not currently covered by Medicare or Medicaid, and is not widely covered by private insurers. It is, however, covered by AT&T Care Plus. Contact an Esteem Counselor for more information.