Hearing aids mostly make sounds louder. Cochlear implants are different; they bypass the damaged part of the ear and stimulate the hearing nerve directly.
This enhances the clarity of sounds and improves your ability to understand speech. It can also help you to regain confidence in social situations, rejoin friends and family, and live a fuller life.
In a recent study, people with cochlear implants could understand sentences eight times better than they could previously with their hearing aids.1,2
How cochlear implants work
We design cochlear implants to use electrical stimulation and replace the function of the inner ear (cochlea). Learn how implants work and how they process sound.
Cochlear implants for adults
Cochlear implants can provide access to sounds you no longer hear, even in noisy environments. Learn how they may be able to help 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 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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- Gaylor JM, Raman G, Chung M, et al. Cochlear Implantation in Adults. A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(3):265–272.
- Runge CL, Henion K, Tarima S, Beiter A, Zwolan TA. Clinical Outcomes of the CochlearTM Nucleus® 5 Cochlear Implant System and SmartSoundTM 2 Signal Processing. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2018 Oct 25];(6):425.