Dr. Coates can evaluate for this type of treatment and demo the benefits in the office. There are certain types or causes of hearing loss that a hearing aid or cochlear implant can’t help. For example, if a patient has a long-term history of ear infections, their physician typically recommends keeping things out of the ear, including hearing aids. Another good example is if there are complications with your middle ear bones. In that case, how do you hear on a daily basis? There are implantable, non-surgical, devices that sit behind the ear. These devices use a different route of hearing, leaving the ear canals open to limit infection.