Cochlear implants for adults

Cochlear implants can provide access to sounds you no longer hear, even in noisy environments. Learn how they may be able to help you.

Kenneth laughs with coworkers as he wears his cochlear implants

What you'll find on this page

  • Hear from people whose lives have been transformed by a cochlear implant
  • Find out if a cochlear implant can help you
  • Learn about the benefits of cochlear implants

When you live with hearing loss, you're missing more than just your hearing. You're missing your connection to life

Improved quality of life is so important and many people who now have cochlear implants say they enjoy talking on the phone, listening to music and socializing with family and friends again. Being able to hear alarms and traffic when crossing the street are sounds that can make you feel safer as well.

“Between 2009 and 2012, I lost my hearing in both ears, and I was devastated. I felt so alone in this huge world. I became very dependent on my family, and I became a recluse. It was scary… Now that I have my Cochlear Implant, I can be a better father, because I’m not dependent on my child; my child can be dependent on me. I’m so joyous now.”

- Chad D. - Nucleus® recipient

Do you qualify for a cochlear implant?

Cochlear implants are approved for adults with moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss in one or both ears who are not receiving enough benefit when using hearing aids. For some people, using hearing aids with a moderate to profound hearing loss can be like listening to a loud, badly tuned radio. It may be loud enough to hear parts of what is being said, but the words are not clear. Cochlear implants are designed to provide clearer sound and help you understand what is being said.

A hearing health professional who specializes in all types of hearing technology, including implantable hearing solutions, will be able to advise if you may benefit from a cochlear implant.

Note: Wearing hearing aids first is a necessary step in the evaluation process for a cochlear implant.


Introducing the Cochlear™ Nucleus® System

You are unique and your hearing solution should be, too. With our Cochlear Nucleus Implant System, we help you hear your best with more choices of wearing options, wireless connectivity solutions, and personalized services. This means providing you with an innovative cochlear implant solution that includes the world's most reliable implants4-6, Apple® and Android™ device compatibility and proven hearing performance for a lifetime.


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Please seek advice from your medical practitioner or health professional about treatments for hearing loss. They will be able to advise on a suitable solution for the hearing loss condition. All products should be used only as directed by your medical practitioner or health professional. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative.

Views expressed by Cochlear recipients and hearing health providers are those of the individual. Consult your hearing health provider to determine if you are a candidate for cochlear technology and to understand the associated risks and benefits. Individual results may vary.

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