What you will find on this page
Identify when it’s time to upgrade your sound processor
How provincial and territory health insurance plans view replacement sound processors
How to start the upgrade process
Better hearing for life
One of the most exciting things about Cochlear technology is that it continues to evolve. Next-generation sound processors feature new capabilities, are designed to deliver clearer sound, and work with most existing cochlear implant or bone-anchored auditory implants.
When is it time to upgrade your sound processor?
Deciding when to replace your sound processor is a personal decision that can be supported by facts.
Reasons to replace your sound processor include:
End of useful life: Many provincial and territory health insurance plans may authorize the replacement of a sound processor when it has reached or passed a stated period of "useful life."
Better performance: A demonstrated improvement in technology and hearing performance may offer sufficient medical reason for a new sound processor. A replacement sound processor is considered medically necessary to achieve functional improvement in auditory performance, minimize safety risk concerns, and improve quality of life.
Watch Bella P.'s family describe their Baha® 5 upgrade experience.
Watch Kenneth G. describe his Nucleus® 7 upgrade experience.
Understanding coverage for replacements and upgrades
A cochlear implant is a lifelong hearing solution that relies on advanced microphone and sound processing technology to treat severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. Unlike hearing aids, this technology is considered a medical necessity and has been covered by many provincial and territory health insurance plans.
When speaking with your provinicial or territory health insurance plan representatives, the Cochlear Baha hearing implant technology can be referred to as a "bone-anchored auditory implant" or "bone-anchored auditory device".
"The Nucleus upgrade changed my life. I spend less effort trying to understand people. I just hear better.”
- Jack B. - Nucleus 7 upgrade recipient
How to upgrade
When it's time for a new sound processor contact your hearing implant centre and they can can guide you through the upgrade process. Many provincial and territory health insurance plans coverage hearing implant upgrades.