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Smart bimodal hearing solution

Hear your best with both ears. Discover the smart bimodal hearing solution from Cochlear and ReSound.

The benefits of bimodal hearing

For the right person a bimodal hearing solution - with a hearing aid on one ear and a cochlear implant in the other ear - can improve sound quality1,2, speech understanding in noise1,2,3 and the perception of music4 when compared with hearing aids alone.

You can wear our cochlear implants with any hearing aid for bimodal hearing.

However, for a premium hearing experience and for advanced connectivity, we offer a smart bimodal hearing solution in collaboration with ReSound, a pioneer in the hearing aid industry.

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Bimodal solutions from the Smart Hearing Alliance

Cochlear and ReSound collaborate in the Smart Hearing Alliance, so when there is a need for a hearing aid and a cochlear implant, our solutions work together seamlessly.

Our smart bimodal hearing solution allows you to stream sound directly to both ears from a compatible Apple or Android™ device*. In one clinical evaluation, users of the solution were significantly more satisfied with their hearing performance than they were with two hearing aids5.

The smart bimodal hearing solution experience

"My bimodal hearing technology from Cochlear and ReSound has helped me regain the life I thought I had lost. I will be forever grateful for this amazing gift of sound."

- Christopher J, Cochlear™ Nucleus® recipient, USA

Additional bimodal hearing solutions

Bimodal hearing is available in various device combinations to help you hear your best with both ears.


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.

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

ReSound is part of the GN group. GN makes life sound better through intelligent audio solutions.

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  1. Morera C, Cavalle L, Manrique M, et al. Contralateral hearing aid use in cochlear implanted patients: Multicenter study of bimodal benefit. Acta Otolaryngol (2012 Jun); 132, 1084–1094.
  2. Ching TY, Incerti P, Hill M. Binaural benefits for adults who use hearing aids and cochlear implants in opposite ears. Ear Hear (2004 Feb); 25, 9–21.
  3. Gifford RH, Dorman MF, McKarns SA, Spahr AJ. Combined electric and contralateral acoustic hearing: Word and sentence recognition with bimodal hearing. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. (2007 Aug) 1;50(4):835-43. 
  4. Sucher CM, McDermott HJ. Bimodal stimulation: benefits for music perception and sound quality. Cochlear Implants International. (2009 Jan); 1;10(S1):96-9.
  5. Preliminary data on file: Clinical evaluation of the Cochlear Nucleus® CI532 cochlear implant in adults (CLTD5685). 2019, Jan. [Sponsored by Cochlear].