Cochlear implants for children

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

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What you'll find on this page

  • How cochlear implants can improve a child's hearing.
  • 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 can provide sufficient auditory input 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."

- Mother of Booray, Cochlear™ implant recipient

Who do cochlear implants help?

Cochlear implants may be suitable for children with severe to profound hearing loss, 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 your child born with moderately severe to profound hearing loss or poorer?

  • Is your child's hearing deteriorating?

  • Does your child not react to loud sounds at all, even when wearing hearing aids?

  • Is your child not imitating speech sounds like other children?

  • Is your child missing the normal speech and language development milestones?

  • Has your child lost hearing since first learning to speak?

  • Does your child rely on lip reading a lot of the time?

  • Does your child find the effort of concentrating to hear and understand 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 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.


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