Help kids hear

Help your child hear and develop

Does your child react to soft and loud sounds? Your child's hearing can affect their language, learning, and social skills. Early access to sound can help your child reach their full potential.

Did you know?

Did you know?

34 million children around the world live with disabling hearing loss.1 There are many parents and loved ones just like you who are learning about hearing loss and what treatment options are available.

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.²⁻⁷

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Did you know?

34 million children around the world live with disabling hearing loss.1 There are many parents and loved ones just like you who are learning about hearing loss and what treatment options are available.

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.²⁻⁷

Hope beyond hearing aids

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

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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

Discover how parents helped their children hear

Learn how early access to sound can help children with hearing loss reach their developmental milestones.

Treating your child's hearing loss early can help your child:

1

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

2

Attend mainstream school

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

3

Develop spoken language

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

Cochlear™ Nucleus® recipient

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

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Ishita

Cochlear™ Nucleus® recipient

Check your child's hearing

Check your child's hearing

Do you have concerns about your child's hearing? Our first 24 months hearing milestones checklist can help you understand your child's hearing progress.

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Check your child's hearing

Do you have concerns about your child's hearing? Our first 24 months hearing milestones checklist can help you understand your child's hearing progress.

Disclaimer

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.


The first 24 months Hearing Milestone Checklist and Playtime Ideas Checklist are guides and are not intended for diagnostic purposes nor to replace medical advice. Please consult a hearing health professional for a hearing test for your child.


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References

  1. 10 facts about deafness [Internet]. World Health Organization; (2018), [cited 5 October 2018]. Available from: http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/deafness/en/
  2. Ching TYC, Dillon H, Leigh G, Cupples L. Learning from the Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment (LOCHI) study: summary of 5-year findings and implications. Int J Audiol. (2018 May); 57(sup2).
  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).
  5. Semenov, YR, Yeh, ST, Seshamani, M, Wang, N-Y, Tobey, EA, Eisenberg, LS, Quittner, AL, Frick, KD, Niparko, JK, CDaCI Investigative Team. Age-Dependent Cost-Utility of Pediatric Cochlear Implantation. Ear Hear. (2013 Feb); 34(4):402-412.
  6. Sarant JZ, Harris DC, Galvin KL, Bennet LA, Canagasabey M, Busby PA. Social development in children with early cochlear implants: normative comparisons and predictive factors, including bilateral implantation. Ear Hear. (2018 Jul/Aug); 39(4):770-782.
  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.