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 more severe types of hearing loss, hearing aids might not be enough for them to understand sounds and learn speech. Their inner, outer or middle ear may be damaged to the point where amplification alone may not provide them with access to sound.
If you think hearing aids may not be the right solution for your child, it’s important to consider a hearing implant solution sooner rather than later. In fact, research suggests delaying implantation to extend hearing aid use for children may be detrimental to language growth after being implanted.2
Predicting how well your child will do with a hearing 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 an implant:3
Just as no two stories of hearing loss are the same, neither are the stories of overcoming it. In many situations, Cochlear can help with one of these treatment options – a cochlear implant, Cochlear™ Hybrid™ Hearing or a bone conduction implant. To determine if one of these solutions is right for your child, familiarize yourself with the following information and schedule an appointment with a Hearing Implant Specialist to start the discussion.
Although there is no cure for hearing loss, the cochlear implant has become widely recognized as an established treatment for children with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss.3
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 percent correct when using hearing aids.
With the Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant System, children with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears can gain access to the world of sound; and speech can be learned at the same pace as other hearing children.4-7 It is designed to make sounds not only louder, but clearer, which is critical to help your child understand sound and learn to talk.
There are two primary components of the Nucleus System:
The Nucleus System offers two external sound processor options, both of which work with our industry-leading implants. Watch the videos to see how they work.
Uses two tiny microphones that convert sound into digital signals. Its lightweight coil is held in place with a magnet that connects with the magnet in the implant under the skin.
Designed for added comfort and discretion, this easy-to-use option features the same innovative hearing technology as the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor.
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.
If your child is deaf in one ear, or has conductive or mixed hearing loss, a bone conduction implant may be a good solution.
With a bone conduction system, your child has the unique advantage of hearing the difference first. A Hearing Implant Specialist can help him or her try (or demo) a sound processor so they can hear how it might sound before you make any decisions.
These children do not yet qualify for an implant. However, a Softband which is a non-surgical, solution is available.
Depending on the amount of hearing loss, children with single-sided deafness, conductive, hearing loss or mixed hearing loss may qualify.
The Cochlear™ Baha® 5 Implant System is designed to provide a more complete and fulfilling listening experience to children suffering from certain types of hearing loss. It has the potential to give your child the freedom and confidence to enjoy going to a movie, hear the coach across the soccer field, participate in the classroom and socialize with friends.
While a hearing aid tries to push sound through the damaged part of the ear, the Baha System uses your natural ability to conduct sound to bypass the damaged outer and middle ear, and sends clearer, more crisp sound directly to your inner ear.
There are three components of every Baha System.
Watch the videos to see how they work.
Uses a magnetic connection to attach the sound processor to the implant.
The Cochlear Baha 5 Implant System is the first bone conduction system to offer three head-worn sound processors, each one designed to meet a different level of hearing loss. Each works with our Baha Connect and Baha Attract System and with our state-of-the-art implant. Watch the video to learn more.