Cochlear implants for children

Good hearing opens a world of possibilities for children and their families. Learn how cochlear implants may help your child.

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What you'll find on this page

  • How cochlear implants may improve a child's life.
  • The benefits of cochlear implants.

Singing nursery rhymes. Learning the alphabet. Saying "I love you". Hearing plays a crucial role in many aspects of your child's life.

For children with severe to profound hearing loss, getting a cochlear implant early may provide sufficient auditory access to help develop speech and language skills.1

"After receiving the Cochlear™ implant he was able to go back to his normal preschool, primary school and then junior high school. He is capable of learning language, Chinese and English, and having normal conversations with people, speaking without fear and having good interactions with his teacher."

- Mother of Booray Ma, Cochlear™ Nucleus® recipient, China.

Who do cochlear implants help?

Cochlear implants may be suitable for children with severe to profound hearing loss at any pitches, in one or both ears, or for children getting only limited benefit from hearing aids.

If your child has moderately severe hearing loss, a cochlear implant may still be an option if hearing aids aren’t effective.

Could your child benefit from a cochlear implant?

  • Was he/she born with moderately severe to profound hearing loss or poorer?

  • Is his/her hearing deteriorating?

  • Does he/she not react to loud sounds at all, even when wearing hearing aids?

  • Is he/she not imitating speech sounds like other children?

  • Is he/she missing the normal speech and language development milestones?

  • Has he/she lost hearing since first learning to speak?

  • Does he/she rely on lip reading a lot of the time?

  • Does he/she find the effort of concentrating to hear and understand his/her teachers exhausting?

To find out if a cochlear implant can help, talk to a hearing health professional who specialises in all types of hearing technology.


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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 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. Novak MA, Firszt JB, Rotz LA, et al. Cochlear implants in infants and toddlers. Ann Otol Rhino Laryngol Suppl 2000;185:46-49.