Cochlear implants for adults

Cochlear implants may 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

  • Stories from people who have transformed their lives with a cochlear implant.
  • Guidance on whether a cochlear implant can help you.
  • Information about the benefits of cochlear implants.

When you live with hearing loss, you miss more than just your hearing. If you have moderate to profound hearing loss, a cochlear implant may help you regain your connection to everyday life.

Recipients say cochlear implants may improve their ability to talk on the phone, listen to music and socialise with family and friends. People also say they feel safer because they can hear alarms and traffic when crossing the road.

"The quality of the sound for me is very crisp, very clear. I've never known anything like it. Just to be able to walk along and actually enjoy the wind blowing through the trees. It puts a smile on your face because you're actually then realising what you've missed."*¹

- Diane, Cochlear™ Nucleus® System recipient

Can a cochlear implant help you?

For some people with hearing loss, using hearing aids is like listening to a badly tuned radio. It may be loud enough, but the words aren't clear.

Cochlear implants may help adults with moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss in one or both ears who aren't getting enough benefit from hearing aids.

What are the benefits?

Cochlear implants are a well-established treatment option for certain types of hearing loss and may provide benefits such as:

  • better understanding of speech1

  • more employment opportunities2

  • improved safety.3-6

A hearing health professional who specialises in all types of hearing technology, including implants, will know if you could benefit from a cochlear implant.


Find a hearing implant specialist near you


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 follow the directions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.

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*1 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. Cochlear Limited. D1296247. CLTD 5620 Clinical Evaluation of Nucleus 7 Cochlear Implant System. 2017, Oct.
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