When to consider implants for adults

If you struggle to hear – even with powerful hearing aids – you’re not getting the most from life. Learn how others refused to accept hearing loss and never looked back.

Cochlear adult recipient enjoying a cup of coffee with friend before a bike ride

Do you have difficulty hearing on the phone or understanding conversations? Perhaps you now avoid activities you once enjoyed because of your hearing loss?

If hearing aids no longer work, or if you've stopped wearing them, a hearing implant could be the answer.

Whether your hearing loss was sudden or gradual, an implant can help you reconnect to the people and pastimes you love.

Don't accept hearing loss as part of getting older

Losing your hearing may seem like a part of ageing that's unavoidable, but there are ways to help improve your hearing, even when hearing aids no longer work. Research suggests a link between hearing loss and loneliness and stress.1,2

That's why if you think you have hearing loss, it's important you take action as soon as possible. Ignoring the signs can affect more than just your ability to hear. It can also affect your confidence, your relationships and your self-esteem.


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.

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  1. Contrera K, Sung Y, Betz J, Li L, Lin F. Change in loneliness after intervention with cochlear implants or hearing aids. The Laryngoscope. 2017;127(8):1885-1889.

  2. Rutherford B, Brewster K, Golub J, Kim A, Roose S. Sensation and Psychiatry: Linking Age-Related Hearing Loss to Late-Life Depression and Cognitive Decline. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2018;175(3):215-224.