Implant preparation and procedures

Learn how hearing and treatment options are assessed and understand what's involved in hearing implant surgery.

Cochlear implant recipient Phoebe poses for a photo

Making the decision to get a hearing implant can be life-changing, whether it's for you or your child. The more you understand, the better prepared you'll feel.

You'll have questions about the surgery and the process of getting your implant turned on.

Find answers to some of your questions on these pages, and get resources to bring to your appointments.

"It's the best thing. It's lovely to hear their [family] voices. I can hear the birds talking… It's lovely to talk to friends."

- Dulcie S, Cochlear™ implant recipient


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.

For a full list of Cochlear’s trademarks, please visit our Terms of Use page.

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.