Cochlear implants for adults

Cochlear implants can provide access to sounds you no longer hear, even in noisy environments. Learn how they may be able to help you.

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What you'll find on this page

  • Stories from people who have transformed their lives with a cochlear implant.
  • Guidance on whether a cochlear implant can help you.
  • Information about the benefits of cochlear implants.

When you live with hearing loss, you miss more than just your hearing. If you have moderate to profound hearing loss, a cochlear implant can help you regain your connection to hearing.

Recipients say cochlear implants can improve their ability to talk on the phone, listen to music and socialise with family and friends. People also say they feel safer because they can hear alarms and traffic when crossing the road.

Can a cochlear implant help you?

For some people with hearing loss, using hearing aids is like listening to a badly tuned radio. It may be loud enough, but the words aren't clear.

Cochlear implants can help adults with moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss in one or both ears who aren't getting enough benefit from hearing aids.

What are the benefits?

Cochlear implants are an established treatment option designed to provide a better hearing experience. The benefits of better hearing can include:

  • better understanding of speech1

  • more employment opportunities2

  • improved safety.3-6

A hearing health professional who specialises in all types of hearing technology, including implants, will know if you could benefit from a cochlear implant.


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Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always follow the directions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.

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In Australia, Cochlear™ Nucleus® implant systems are intended for the treatment of moderately severe to profound hearing loss.

In Australia, Baha® bone conduction implant systems are intended for the treatment of moderate to profound hearing loss.

In Australia, the Cochlear™ Osia® System is indicated for patients with conductive, mixed hearing loss and single-sided sensorineural deafness (SSD) aged 10 years and above with up to 55 decibels sensorineural hearing loss. Patients should have sufficient bone quality and quantity to support successful implant placement. Surgery is required to use this product. Any surgical procedure carries risk.

For Cochlear™ Nucleus®, Osia® and Baha® systems: This product is not available for purchase by the general public. For information on funding and reimbursement please contact your health care professional.

Any testimonial featured on this website is intended for an Australian audience only.


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  2. Monteiro, E., Shipp, D., Chen, J., Nedzelski, J., & Lin, V. 2012. Cochlear implantation: A personal and societal economic perspective examining the effects of cochlear implantation on personal income. Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 41(4) Manrique-Huarte R et al (2016) Treatment for hearing loss among the elderly: Auditory outcomes and impact on quality of life. Audiol Neurootol, 21 Suppl 1:29-35.
  3. Cochlear Limited. D1296247. CLTD 5620 Clinical Evaluation of Nucleus 7 Cochlear Implant System. 2017, Oct.
  4. Fitzpatrick EM, Leblanc S. Exploring the factors influencing discontinued hearing aid use in patients with unilateral cochlear implants. Trends in Amplification. 2010, 14; (4): 199–210.
  5. Crowson MG, Semenov YR, Tucci DL, Niparko JK. Quality of life and cost-effectiveness of cochlear implants: A narrative review. Audiol Neurotol. 2017, 22: 236 – 258.
  6. Ng ZY, Lamb B, Harrigan S, Archbold S, Athalye S, Allen S. Perspectives of adults with cochlear implants on current CI services and daily life. CI International. 2016, 17; (suppl) 1, 89-93.