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.1,2,3 It may 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.1,4
How cochlear implants work
Cochlear implants use electrical stimulation to replace the function of the inner ear (cochlea). Learn how implants work and how they process sound.
Cochlear implants for adults
Cochlear implants may 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 follow the directions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.
- 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.
- Fitzpatrick EM, Leblanc S. Exploring the factors influencing discontinued hearing aid use in patients with unilateral cochlear implants. Trends in Amplification. 2010, 14; (4): 199–210.
- Rumeau C, Frere J, Montaut-Verient B, Lion A, Gauchard G, Parietti-Winkler C. Quality of life and audiologic performance through the ability to phone of cochlear implant users. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2015, 272: 3685–3692.
- 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.