Hybrid cochlear implants for adults

Hybrid cochlear implants may help you hear better, which improves your ability to hear music, conversations and all the highs and lows of life.

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What you'll find on this page

  • Why high-frequency sounds are important.
  • The benefits of hybrid cochlear hearing.
  • Whether hybrid cochlear hearing may help you.

Why high-frequency sounds matter

If you have high-frequency hearing loss, you may be able to hear some sounds, but not others.

High-frequency sounds include consonants, which help distinguish between words and detect emotion. Without them, words can merge, making what you hear jumbled and sometimes difficult to understand.

These sounds are important for understanding speech. Without them, it can be difficult to talk on the phone or hear higher pitch sounds like a bird singing or a child's voice.

And because high-frequency sounds often hold the emotion in a conversation or make a moment special, you may find you're missing out on so much.

Get back the sounds you're missing

Hybrid cochlear implants – also known as electro-acoustic hearing – may help if you have low-frequency hearing but miss high-frequency sounds.

This hearing solution combines hearing aid and cochlear implant technologies to enhance your hearing experience and provide access to the sounds you're missing.

“The quality of the sound for me is very crisp, very sharp, very clear. I’ve never known anything like it.”

- Dianne M, Cochlear Hybrid Hearing System recipient

How does it help?

We design Cochlear™ Hybrid™ Hearing for people who need improvements in:

  • hearing performance in both quiet and noise

  • overall hearing satisfaction

  • understanding speech

  • sound quality

  • music appreciation.

Do you qualify for hybrid cochlear implants?

If you experience ski-slope hearing – where you have normal to moderate low-frequency hearing loss, but severe to profound high-frequency hearing loss – Cochlear™ Nucleus® Hybrid™ Hearing may be a solution.

A hearing specialist will know if this solution may help you. In the meantime, take a short online quiz to help understand more about your hearing loss.

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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.