Impact of hearing loss

Don't let hearing loss impact the things you enjoy.

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How hearing loss can affect you

Studies show that untreated hearing loss can have mental, physical and psychological impacts1. Whether it happens suddenly or gradually over time, hearing loss can leave you feeling depressed and disconnected from the people around you. Straining to hear all day can make you feel frustrated and exhausted. You may start avoiding social situations, even with your loved ones. Hearing loss is also linked to impaired memory, learning ability and job performance. By reducing alertness, hearing loss can even increase risks to your personal safety. Perhaps most critically, hearing loss robs you of many precious everyday moments– from chatting with friends and family on the phone to singing along to your favourite song on the radio.

You’re a candidate for an implant – when should you act?

The short answer is now. A cochlear or bone conduction implant can open your life up to all the joys and opportunities of the hearing world. That includes talking on the phone, listening to music, enjoying your favourite TV shows, taking part in work meetings and verbally communicating with your friends and family. With all these benefits, why wait? Nearly 80% of people who received a cochlear implant within a year of finding out they were candidates said they would get a cochlear implant sooner if they could do it again2.

What’s the next step?

Make an appointment with your health professional to discuss whether an implant is a good option for you. If you don’t already have someone to speak to, we can help you find a clinic close to you.

If you think you have a hearing problem, please or a health professional.


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.


  1. National Academy on an Aging Society, Hearing Loss: A Growing Problem that Affects the Quality of Life, December, 1999.
  2. Cochlear Americas Recipient Survey, June 2008.