Smart Bimodal Solution

There are certain sounds that warm your heart and bring a smile to your face, like the sweet melody of music, or the familiar voices of loved ones.
But what if you find yourself struggling to hear those sounds? What if your hearing aids are no longer enough?
Cochlear offers a range of options to help you hear better with both ears, so you don't have to miss out on the moments that matter.

When hearing aids are no longer enough

If you have hearing loss in both ears and find yourself struggling with your hearing aids, there may come a time when you need a more effective solution. To improve your hearing performance and help you understand conversations more clearly, you might need to consider a solution that helps you hear your best with both ears.

For some people, a cochlear implant in both ears may be the best way to optimise hearing*.

For many, a cochlear implant in one ear and continued use of a hearing aid in the other can provide enhanced hearing performance. This combination is referred to as bimodal hearing.

Better hearing with a bimodal solution over hearing aids alone

Switching from a hearing aid to a cochlear implant can be a big change, but it's also a great leap in hearing performance1.

Hearing aids
Hearing performance with two hearing aids


Cochlear implant and hearing aid
Hearing performance with a bimodal hearing solution

How do hearing aids and cochlear implants work together?

In a bimodal solution, a hearing aid and a cochlear implant system work together to provide you with a richer and more natural hearing experience.

How bimodal hearing works

How Smart Bimodal Hearing works

1. Cochlear implant system
provides clarity and crispness2

2. Your brain combines the information from both ears, so that you have a clearer, richer and more natural hearing experience

3. Hearing aids amplifies
sound to provide balance3

A bimodal hearing system can provide many benefits:

  • Greater clarity and improved speech understanding, especially in noise3, 4.
  • Better determination of where sounds are coming from5.
  • Sounds are easier to hear and speech is easier to understand4, 6, 7.
  • Enjoy your favourite music again with better sound appreciation8.

These combined benefits help to build your speech and language understanding and is particularly beneficial for children's learning and development3.

Cochlear's implant systems work with any hearing aids to deliver these life-changing benefits of bimodal hearing.

Cochlear's Smart Bimodal Hearing Solution

Cochlear has developed a smart bimodal hearing solution that lets you stream phone calls and music directly to both ears from your compatible Apple device. Find out more.

Speak to your audiologist or hearing health professional about Cochlear's smart bimodal solution. Find a clinic to find out more.


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.


*This is known as bilateral implantation. Your hearing health professional will advise the best solution for you.

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