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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
It may be difficult to assess whether your child may benefit from a cochlear implant. To help, ask yourself the following questions:
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.
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.
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.
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.
*The Acoustic Component should only be used when behavioral audiometric thresholds can be obtained and the recipient can provide feedback regarding sound quality.