Cochlear implants for children

Good hearing opens a world of possibilities for children and their families. Learn how cochlear implants can help your child.

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What you'll find on this page

  • How cochlear implants can improve a child's hearing.
  • The benefits of cochlear implants.

Singing nursery rhymes. Learning the alphabet. Saying "I love you." Hearing plays an important role in many aspects of your child's life.

For children with severe to profound hearing loss, getting a cochlear implant early (preferably before age two) can provide sufficient auditory input to help develop speech and language skills.1

"She is an excellent student and she participates in co-curricular activities and she also wins prizes. I have 40 students in my class and she is at the top of 40 students."

- Anita, the teacher of cochlear implant recipient Sonakshi

Who do cochlear implants help?

Cochlear implants are for children with severe to profound hearing loss in one or both ears, or for children getting only limited benefit from hearing aids.

Even if your child has moderate hearing loss, a cochlear implant may still be an option if hearing aids aren't effective.

Could your child benefit from a cochlear implant?

  • Was your child born with severe to profound hearing loss?

  • Was your child born with normal hearing and has progressive hearing loss?

  • Does your child fail to respond to your voice or loud sounds?

  • Does your child fail to look at someone who’s speaking?

  • Does your child react to only very loud sounds?

  • Is your child not imitating speech sounds like other children?

  • Is your child missing the normal speech and language development milestones?

  • Has your child lost hearing since first learning to speak?

  • Does your child rely on lip reading a lot of the time?

  • Does your child find the effort of concentrating to hear and understand teachers exhausting?

To find out if a cochlear implant can help, talk to an audiologist or an ENT surgeon who specialises in all types of hearing technology.


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Views expressed are those of the individual. Consult your health professional to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology.


  1. Novak MA, Firszt JB, Rotz LA, et al. Cochlear implants in infants and toddlers. Ann Otol Rhino Laryngol Suppl 2000;185:46-49.