Nucleus® implant reliability

With a cochlear implant, you want to choose the best hearing solution for today and for the future. That’s why reliability is so important.

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What you’ll find on this page

  • Why implant reliability is important.
  • Why Cochlear™ Nucleus® implants are the most reliable today for both adults and children.
  • The story of Cochlear's first commercial child recipient, Holly Taylor, who's relied on her implant for more than 30 years.

Reliability you can count on

Choosing a Cochlear implant is an important decision. Be it for yourself or a loved one, you want to trust that you are choosing the right hearing solution for today and for the future.

Along with hearing performance, the reliability of the implant you choose is a measure of quality and can provide peace of mind for the years to come. That's why it matters that Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implants are the most reliable in the industry.1-3

Most reliable today1-3

No other manufacturer can match our implant reliability. This graph compares currently available implants with over two years of reported reliability data. The implants shown have been available in market for comparable periods.

Implant reliability1-3

Note: Reliability data sourced from other manufacturers' reports:

MED-EL
Advanced Bionics

Most reliable over time

Cochlear Nucleus implants are the most reliable on the market, today and over time.1-3

Transparency is important to us, so we meet and report against interdependent global standards for implant reliability, publishing data of every implant generation, past and present.4-8

Implant reliability over time1-3,**

Most reliable for children1,3

Cochlear leads the market in implant reliability for children. This graph compares currently available implants with over two years of reported reliability data. The implants shown have been available in market for comparable periods.

Implant reliability in children1,3

 

Note: MED-EL does not report data separately for adults and children which is required by the European and International consensus statements on cochlear implant reliability reporting.

Most chosen**

With more than 440,000 registered Cochlear Nucleus implants worldwide1, Cochlear leads the way as the most chosen provider of implantable hearing solutions.^

Number of registered implants1, 3

 

MED-EL does not report number of registered cochlear implants.

Cochlear Nucleus System Reliability Report

Cochlear Nucleus System Reliability Report

11.5 MB | PDF

For data based on the ANSI/AAMI CI86 Standard for cochlear implant systems click here. For information on the calculation of implant reliability click here.

Why cochlear implant reliability matters

Cochlear's first commercial child recipient, Holly Taylor, has relied on her Cochlear implant for more than 30 years. Discover why Holly says, "I choose quality. I choose Cochlear." 

Holly is an immediate family member of an employee of Cochlear Limited.

Disclaimer

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.

Views expressed are those of the individual. Consult your health professional to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology.

Any testimonial featured on this website is intended for an Australian audience only.

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Cochlear™ Nucleus® implant systems are intended for the treatment of moderately severe to profound hearing loss.

References

* CSP = Cumulative Survival Percentage - CSP includes both device and accident-related issues.

** Based on the manufacturers that do report compliantly with the European Consensus Statement as the requirements ask for sample population as well as data to be split into adults versus children.

^Based on reported data.

  1. Cochlear Limited. D1712187. Cochlear Nucleus Reliability Report, Volume 18 December 2019. 2020, Mar.
  2. Hearing Implant Reliability Reporting | MED-EL [Internet]. Medel.com. 2020 [cited 25 February 2020]. Available from: http://www.medel.com/hearing-solutions/cochlear-implants/reliability
  3. 2019 Global Implant Reliability Report. 027-N025-02 RevC. Advanced Bionics AG and affiliates.; 2019.
  4. International Standard ISO 5841-2. Implants for Surgery — Cardiac Pacemakers — Part 2: Reporting of Clinical Performance of Populations of Pulse Generators or Leads. Geneva (Switzerland): International Organization for Standardization. 2000.

  5. International Standard ISO 5841-2. Implants for Surgery — Cardiac Pacemakers — Part 2: Reporting of Clinical Performance of Populations of Pulse Generators or Leads. Geneva (Switzerland): International Organization for Standardization. 2014.

  6. European Consensus Statement on Cochlear Implant Failures and Explantations. Otol Neurotol. 2005 Nov;26(6):1097-9.

  7. Battmer RD, Backous DD, Balkany TJ, Briggs RJ, Gantz BJ, van Hasselt A, et al. International Classification of Reliability for Implanted Cochlear Implant Receiver Stimulators. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Oct;31(8):1190-3.

  8. ANSI/AAMI CI86. Cochlear implant systems: Requirements for safety, functional verification,. (2017). Arlington, VA: American National Standards Institute.