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Helping children with hearing loss

Your child’s hearing can affect their language, learning and social skills. Early access to sound can help your child reach their full potential.1-3

Childhood hearing loss

Childhood hearing loss

34 million children around the world live with 'disabling' hearing loss.4 There are many parents and loved ones just like you who are learning about hearing loss and what treatments options and early intervention is 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.1-3, 5-8

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Childhood hearing loss

34 million children around the world live with 'disabling' hearing loss.4 There are many parents and loved ones just like you who are learning about hearing loss and what treatments options and early intervention is 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.1-3, 5-8

Hearing loss in newborn babies

Hearing loss in newborn babies

Did you know a Newborn Hearing Screening can detect hearing loss in newborn babies? Because hearing loss is invisible, a Newborn Hearing Screening at your local hospital can help identify your baby’s hearing ability.

Early detection and treatment of hearing loss can help your baby receive the treatment they need to build their speech and language skills so they may thrive.

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Hearing loss in newborn babies

Did you know a Newborn Hearing Screening can detect hearing loss in newborn babies? Because hearing loss is invisible, a Newborn Hearing Screening at your local hospital can help identify your baby’s hearing ability.

Early detection and treatment of hearing loss can help your baby receive the treatment they need to build their speech and language skills so they may thrive.

Cochlear implants for severe to profound hearing loss

Cochlear implants for severe to profound hearing loss

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.2

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Cochlear implants for severe to profound hearing loss

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.2

Early intervention treatment for children with hearing loss

Parents with children with hearing loss share their story of the benefits of early intervention and how their child’s language skills developed.

Benefits of treating your child's hearing loss early

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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Anggy

Mother of Beatrix, cochlear implant recipient

I hope every child who has hearing loss is given the opportunity to hear like my daughter Beatrix. To any parent who is worried, get a hearing test for your child - you don't need to be afraid.

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Anggy

Mother of Beatrix, cochlear implant recipient

Your child's hearing milestones

Your child's hearing milestones

Our first 24 months hearing milestones checklist can help you understand your child’s hearing progress.

Does your child react to loud sounds? If you have concerns about your child’s hearing, speak with a doctor or contact us.

 

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Your child's hearing milestones

Our first 24 months hearing milestones checklist can help you understand your child’s hearing progress.

Does your child react to loud sounds? If you have concerns about your child’s hearing, speak with a doctor or contact us.

 

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. Cochlear implants are for the treatment of moderately severe to profound hearing loss. Always follow directions for use. Not all products are available in all countries.


For Cochlear™Nucleus®, Osia® and Baha® systems: This product is not available for purchase by the general public. 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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** Based on implant generations released within a comparable period with 5+ years of CSP data.

References

  1. Brownell WE. How the ear works –nature’s solutions for listening. Volta Rev. (1997);99(5):9-28.
  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 ndings and implications. Int J Audiol. (2018 May); 57(sup2):S105-S111.
  3. JiwaniS, PapsinBC, Gordon KA. Central auditory development after long-term cochlear implant use. Clin Neurophysiol. 2013 Sep;124(9):1868-80. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2013.03.023. Epub2013 May 14. PMID: 23680008.
  4. Ching TYC, Dillon H, Button L, SeetoM, Van BuynderP, MarnaneV, Cupples, L, Leigh G. Age at Intervention for Permanent Hearing Loss and 5-Year Language Outcomes. Pediatrics. (2017 Sep); 140(3): e20164274.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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. Potts LG, Skinner MW, Litovsky RA, Strube MJ, Kuk F. Recognition and localization of speech by adult cochlear implant recipients wearing a digital hearing aid in the nonimplanted ear (bimodal hearing). Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 2009 Jun 1;20(6):353-73.
  9. 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.