Cochlear implants for children

Good hearing opens a world of possibilities for children and their families. Learn how cochlear implants could help your child.

What you'll find on this page

  • How cochlear implants can improve a child's life.
  • The benefits of cochlear implants.

Singing nursery rhymes. Learning the alphabet. Saying "I love you". Hearing plays a crucial role in many aspects of your child's life.

For children with severe to profound hearing loss, getting a cochlear implant early (before age 2) can provide sufficient auditory input to help develop speech and language skills.1

"Phoebe has this extraordinary life. She doesn't have any limitations. She can be whatever she wants to be, and find who it is that she's going to become."

- Cynthia S., Mother of Pheobe - Nucleus® recipient

Who do cochlear implants help?

Cochlear implants are for children with severe to profound hearing loss in one or both ears, or for children getting only limited benefit from hearing aids.

Could your child benefit from a cochlear implant?

  • Were they born with severe to profound hearing loss?

  • Were they born with normal hearing and have progressive hearing loss?

  • Do they fail to respond to your voice or loud sounds?

  • Do they fail to look at someone who’s speaking?

  • Do they react to only very loud sounds?

  • Are they not imitating speech sounds like other children?

  • Are they missing the normal speech and language development milestones?

  • Have they lost hearing since first learning to speak?

  • Do they rely on lip reading a lot of the time?

  • Do they find the effort of concentrating to hear and understand their teachers exhausting?

To find out if a cochlear implant can help, talk to your hearing health professional.


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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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  1. Novak MA, Firszt JB, Rotz LA, et al. Cochlear implants in infants and toddlers. Ann Otol Rhino Laryngol Suppl 2000;185:46-49.