Cochlear implants for adults

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

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 may help you regain your connection to life.

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.

"The fact is that if I didn’t have the cochlear implant I would not be working now. I would not have written all these books, I would not be doing the things that I really enjoy."

- Jennie B, Cochlear™ Nucleus® recipient, Australia

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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 may 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 may include:

  • better understanding of speech1

  • more employment opportunities2

  • improved quality of life by reducing stress and improving overall health

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


Find a hearing health professional near you

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You can search for clinics in a different location, or contact Cochlear to understand what the next steps for you would be.


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 read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.

Views expressed are those of the individual. Consult your health professional to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology.

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  1. Gaylor JM, Raman G, Chung M, et al. Cochlear Implantation in Adults. A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(3):265–272.

  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.