When to consider implants for children

If your child continues to struggle with development milestones, it may be time to consider treating their hearing loss.


It can be daunting and confusing if your child has hearing loss. However, it's important to know you're not alone.

Up to five in every 1,000 babies are born with hearing loss or lose their hearing soon after birth.1 If your child is one of them, there are options to improve their hearing.

With the right technology and dedication, your child has the potential to listen, speak and develop like others their age.

If you think hearing aids may not be providing enough benefit for your child, it's important to consider a hearing implant sooner rather than later.

"We are 100 percent confident that Natalie will be able to grow up just like her typical hearing peers."

- Charlene S, mother of Natalie, 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.

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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. 10 facts about Deafness [Internet]. World Health Organization; (2018), [cited 5 October 2018]. Available from: http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/deafness/en/