Skip to content
Cochlear Logo
Scroll Down to Learn More
We want them to hear the sound of their own happiness.

Hearing solutions for your child.

There are more hearing loss solutions for your child today than ever before, and selecting the most appropriate hearing technology is critical to your child’s hearing success. You will work closely with an audiologist to determine the best solution for your child today and as the hearing loss changes over time.

When a hearing aid is not enough for your child.

Hearing aids help many people, including children who experience mild to moderate hearing loss. However, for children with severe to profound hearing loss, hearing aids might not be enough for them to understand sounds and learn speech. Their cochlea, or inner ear, may be damaged to the point where amplification alone may not provide them access to sounds. With a more severe hearing loss, their hair cells in the cochlea, which are critical in the transmission of sound to the brain, may not be working. Since these hair cells do not regenerate, a cochlear implant may be the best option for your child.

In fact, research suggests that delaying implantation in order to extend hearing aid use for children with severe to profound hearing loss may be detrimental to language growth after being implanted.2

How can a cochlear implant help your child?

Predicting how well your child will do with a cochlear implant is difficult because there are many factors to take into consideration. However, we know through experience and research that your child could experience the following by hearing with a cochlear implant:3

  • Improved auditory awareness of sounds
  • Improved development of speech and language skills
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved educational outcomes
Growing up with Cochlear
Patrick's story, age 3
Patrick's story, age 7

What are the components of the Cochlear Nucleus® Implant System?

Cochlear Nucleus Implant

The Cochlear Nucleus® Implant

Surgically implanted, the Cochlear Nucleus Implant contains a computer chip, removable magnet and electrode array. The external magnet attaches to the coil on the sound processor that is located outside the skin. The electrode array follows the natural curve of the cochlea and directly stimulates the hearing nerve to provide sound.

Sound Processor Options:

Nucleus 6 Sound Processor

The Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor - our behind-the-ear sound processor option

This behind-the-ear device uses two tiny microphones that convert sound into digital signals, and its lightweight coil is held in place with a magnet that connects with the magnet in the implant under the skin.

Nucleus 6 Sound Processor

The Kanso Sound Processor - our off-the-ear sound processor option

The Kanso Sound Processor is worn off the ear for added comfort and discretion. It's easy to use and features the same innovative hearing technology as the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor.

How the Cochlear Nucleus® Implant System works.

The Nucleus Implant System can help make sounds not only louder, but clearer, which is critical to help your child understand sound and learn to talk. Cochlear Implants are widely recognized as an established treatment for children with severe to profound hearing loss.4

With the Nucleus Implant System, children with severe to profound hearing loss can gain access to the world of sound, and speech can be learned at the same pace as other hearing children.5-8

Nucleus 6 Sound Processor  Nucleus 6 Sound Processor

Will your child benefit from the Cochlear Nucleus Implant System?

If your child was born with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss:

  1. Does your child fail to respond to your voice or loud sounds even when wearing a hearing aid?
  2. Does your child avoid or have trouble socializing or playing with other children?
  3. Is your child falling behind with key speech and language developmental milestones?

If your child was born with normal hearing and has progressively lost hearing:

  1. Has your child experienced hearing loss after learning to speak?
  2. Is your child falling behind with speech and communication skills?
  3. Does your child depend heavily on lip-reading?
  4. Is your child exhausted at the end of the day from concentrating so hard to understand speech at school?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and your child is at least 12 months old, your child may meet the qualifications for a cochlear implant.

The criteria to qualify for a cochlear implant are:

Children (12-24 months):

Profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears and limited benefit from hearing aids.

* Cochlear implants are FDA approved in the United States for children 12 months of age and older, except for the Hybrid L24 Implant which is approved for those 18 years and older.

Children (2-17 years):

Severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears with limited benefit from hearing aids and speech scores of less than 30% correct when using hearing aids.

Does your child hear some sounds, but not others?

If your child can hear some sounds, but struggles to hear other sounds like whistles and birds chirping, Cochlear Hybrid Hearing* may help. Hybrid Hearing uses the hearing your child has and provides access to the sounds that are missing by combining acoustic amplification and Cochlear Nucleus 6 technology in one device. Ask your child's audiologist if Cochlear Hybrid Hearing may be a solution to help provide your child's best hearing experience.

Nucleus 6 Sound Processor

*The Acoustic Component should only be used when behavioral audiometric thresholds can be obtained and the recipient can provide feedback regarding sound quality.

  1. Tharpe AM, Gustafson S. Management of Children with Mild, Moderate, and Moderately Severe Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Otolaryngol Clin North Am 2015 December: 983-994.
  2. Niparko JK(1), Tobey EA, Thal DJ, Eisenberg LS, Wang NY, Quittner AL, Fink NE. Spoken language development in children following cochlear implantation. JAMA. 2010 Apr 21;303(15):1498-506.
  3. Novak MA, Firszt JB, Rotz LA, et al. Cochlear implants in infants and toddlers. Ann Otol Rhino Laryngol Suppl 2000;185:46-49.
  4. Dunn CC, Walker EA, Oleson J, Kenworthy M, Van Voorst T, Tomblin JB, Ji H, Kirk KI, McMurray B, Hanson M, Gantz BJ. Longitudinal speech perception and language performance in pediatric cochlear implant users: the effect of age at implantation. Ear Hear. 2014 Mar-Apr;35(2):148-60.
  5. Hammes DM, Novak MA, Rotz LA, et al. Early identification and the cochlear implant: Critical factors for spoken language development. Ann Otol Rhino Laryngol 2002;111:74-78.
  6. Nicholas JG, Geers AE. Will they catch up? The role of age at cochlear implantation in the spoken language development of children with severe to profound hearing loss. J Speech Lang Hear Res 2007;50:1048-1062.
  7. Nicholas JG, Geers AE. Expected test scores for preschoolers with a cochlear implant who use spoken language. Am J Speech Lang Pathol 2008;17:121-138.
  8. Robbins AM, Osberger MJ, Miyamoto RT, et al. Language development in young children with cochlear implants. Adv Otorhinolaryngol 1995;50:160-166.
  9. Litovsky RY, Johnstone PM, Godar SP. Benefits of bilateral cochlear implants and/or hearing aids in children. Int J Audiol. 2006; 45(Suppl): S78-91.
Back to Top