Make the most of your new hearing

Learning to hear with an implant and sound processor takes patience and practice, but it's worth it.

A man wearing a Cochlear implant talks to a friend on a golf course

What you'll find on this page

  • Why training is important to using your new hearing.
  • How practice and patience will help over time.

Learning to hear happens over time

Training the brain to understand the sounds it receives from a hearing implant is necessary to get the best result.

Your brain will need time to interpret all the new sounds. This can take a while.

After you start hearing with your new device, you will need to practise listening and speaking as much as possible.

Practise at home

The more you practise, the better. This means enlisting the help of family and friends to talk and listen more and more.

You can also listen to audio books or podcasts or read along with someone from a book — these are all ways to improve your hearing.


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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.

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