When hearing aids aren't enough

Do you wear hearing aids but still struggle to hear? A hearing implant may be the answer.

What you'll find on this page

  • How to recognise the signs that hearing aids are not enough.
  • How to take the next steps to better hearing.

Losing your hearing may seem like a part of ageing that's unavoidable, but there are ways to help improve your hearing, even when hearing aids no longer work. Research suggests a link between hearing loss and loneliness and stress.1,2

That's why if you think you have hearing loss, it's important you take action as soon as possible. Ignoring the signs may affect more than just your ability to hear.

"I realised the only thing hearing aids were doing for me was raising the volume. I was just hearing louder mumbling. It isolated me, and I didn't do all the things I used to do because I was having such a difficult time hearing."

- Nina P, Cochlear™ Nucleus® recipient, USA

Signs that hearing aids may not be providing enough benefit for you

With your hearing aids, do you:

  • Have difficulty hearing conversations, especially with background noise?

  • Ask people to repeat themselves?

  • Misunderstand what people say?

  • Have trouble hearing on the telephone?

  • Turn up the TV volume louder than others in the room prefer?

  • Feel people often mumble when they talk?

  • Struggle to hear sounds of nature, such as birds chirping or rain falling?

  • Find yourself agreeing, smiling or nodding during conversations when you're not sure what's been said?

  • Withdraw from conversations because it's too difficult to hear?

  • Read lips to understand what people are saying?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a hearing device, like a cochlear implant or bone conduction implant, may be the answer.

Find a hearing implant specialist near you

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You can search for clinics in a different location, or contact Cochlear to understand what the next steps for you would be.


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.

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  1. Contrera K, Sung Y, Betz J, Li L, Lin F. Change in loneliness after intervention with cochlear implants or hearing aids. The Laryngoscope. 2017;127(8):1885-1889.

  2. Rutherford B, Brewster K, Golub J, Kim A, Roose S. Sensation and Psychiatry: Linking Age-Related Hearing Loss to Late-Life Depression and Cognitive Decline. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2018;175(3):215-224.