The benefits of bimodal hearing
Ears work as a team, and the brain needs both ears to effectively process sound1. For many people a bimodal hearing solution, with a hearing aid on one ear and a cochlear implant on the other, is the solution that provides them with their best hearing10.
When compared to using a hearing aid or cochlear implant alone, users of bimodal hearing report a more natural hearing experience2, improved speech understanding in quiet and noise3-6, improved perception of music7, and better functioning in real-life environments3.
In a large study, users of bimodal hearing also reported much higher satisfaction with their hearing performance compared with when they previously used two hearing aids8.
Our cochlear implant systems work with any hearing aid to deliver bimodal hearing, so if you are happy with your current hearing aid there is no need to change.
However, for a premium hearing experience11 and advanced connectivity, we offer a smart bimodal hearing solution in collaboration with ReSound, a pioneer in the hearing aid industry.
Bimodal solutions from the Smart Hearing Alliance
Cochear and ReSound collaborate in the Smart Hearing Alliance, so when there is a need for a hearing aid and a hearing implant, our solutions work together seamlessly. A bimodal hearing solution from the Smart Hearing Alliance provides all the benefits of bimodal hearing with additional advantages.
Bimodal users with a Smart Hearing Alliance solution were more likely than those with other bimodal solutions to say they find it easy to hear in noisy environments and easy to talk on the phone, with 72% also saying they were very likely to recommend their hearing solution, in a survey9.
The Smart Hearing Alliance also offers the world’s only smart bimodal hearing solution with direct streaming to both ears from a compatible Apple or AndroidTM device*.
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
Connect like never before
To get the smart bimodal hearing solution experience you need a:
- Nucleus® 7 or Kanso® 2 Sound Processor
- Compatible ReSound hearing aid*
- Compatible Apple or Android device*.
Control and confidence
With our smart bimodal solution you can use your compatible Apple device to directly control your sound processor and hearing aid settings*.
Simultaneous streaming to both ears
Our smart bimodal hearing solution allows you to stream music and more from your compatible Apple or Android device direct to your compatible sound processor and hearing aid, without the need for an intermediary device*.
Additional bimodal hearing solutions
Bimodal hearing is available in various device combinations to help you hear your best with both ears.
A Nucleus 7 or Kanso 2 Sound Processor and any hearing aid
You can experience direct streaming from your compatible Apple or Android device to your Nucleus 7 or Kanso 2 Sound Processor, plus enjoy the benefits of bimodal hearing by combining it with any professionally fitted hearing aid*.
A Cochlear sound processor and any hearing aid
Wearing a Cochlear sound processor with any professionally fitted hearing aid on the other ear can give you the benefits of bimodal hearing.