Help kids hear

Every parent wants the best for their child. Cochlear implants can give children with hearing loss the opportunity to hear and reach their potential.

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Did you know...?

466 million people around the world live with disabling hearing loss. 34 million of those are children.1

Hearing plays a huge part in a child's emotional, social and intellectual development.

Hearing loss can hamper a child's ability to attend a mainstream school, gain education and make friends.2-7

At Cochlear, we strongly believe that every child deserves to hear and be heard.

Hearing is the process of sound travelling through your child’s ears, but it’s actually their brain that interprets what they hear. Providing a child’s brain with the stimulation it needs at an early age can enable them to achieve their best speech, language and social skills.2-4

Hope beyond hearing aids

Hearing aids work by amplifying sound, which makes them an ideal solution for children with mild to moderate hearing loss. However, for children with severe to profound hearing loss, hearing aids might not be enough for them to understand sounds and learn to speak.8

In this case a cochlear implant might be the best option. Cochlear implants bypass the inner ear to directly stimulate the hearing nerve to provide your child with the clarity of sound and speech they need to help them understand what is being said.3

Hearing aid

Cochlear implant

For a child with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Hearing aid


For a child with severe to profound hearing loss.


Cochlear implant


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If your child has hearing loss

If you've been told your child has hearing loss, you may feel overwhelmed. However, it's important to know you're not alone.

There are many parents who've been where you are. Newborn hearing screening tests prove that up to five in every 1,000 babies are born with hearing loss or lose their hearing soon after birth.1

If you suspect your child may have hearing loss, it’s important to formally test their hearing with a hearing health professional.

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Help is available

For close to 40 years, Cochlear’s range of hearing solutions and ongoing support has provided children with the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

With a cochlear implant, a child could:

Develop spoken language early

Develop spoken language early
Children develop better spoken language if they receive their cochlear implants and early intervention as early as possible.1,2

Achieve outcomes on par with typical-hearing peers

Achieve outcomes on par with typical-hearing peers
Acting early could put your child's speech and language development at the same level as their hearing peers.4

Establish better language skills

Establish better language skills
The earlier you treat your child's hearing loss, the better chance your child will have to develop language skills.4

Attend mainstream education

Attend mainstream education
80% of children implanted prior to 18 months attend mainstream schools.5

Support long term speech and language abilities

Enhance social skills
With better language skills children can make new friends more easily.6

Enhance social skills

Support long term speech and language abilities
Successful literacy and academic achievement is rooted in preschool language skills.7


The importance of early intervention

"When I grow up I want to be a cochlear implant surgeon because I want to help other children hear."

- Ishita, Cochlear™ Nucleus® recipient, Australia

Have a question or want more information?

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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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3. Ching TYC and Dillon H. Major Findings of the LOCHI study on children at 3 years of age and implications for audiological management. Int J Audiol. (2013 Dec); 52:sup2, S6-S68.

4. Ching TYC, Dillon H, Button L, Seeto M, Van Buynder P, Marnane V, Cupples, L, Leigh G. Age at Intervention for Permanent Hearing Loss and 5-Year Language Outcomes. Pediatrics. (2017 Sep); 140(3).

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7. Geers AE and Nicholas JG. Enduring advantages of earlier cochlear implantation for spoken language development. J Speech Lang Hear Res. (2013 Apr); 56(2).

8. Cox, R. M., Alexander, G. C., Johnson, J., & Rivera, I. (2011). Cochlear dead regions in typical hearing aid candidates: prevalence and implications for use of high-frequency speech cues. Ear and hearing, 32(3), 339–348. doi:10.1097/AUD.0b013e318202e982

9. Dettman SJ, Dowell RC, Choo D, Arnott W, Abrahams Y, Davis A, Dornan D, Leigh J, Constantinescu G, Cowan R, Briggs RJ. Long-term Communication Outcomes for Children Receiving Cochlear Implants Younger Than 12 Months: A Multicenter Study. Otol Neurotol. (2016 Feb); 37(2).