Make the most of your new hearing

Learning to hear with an implant and sound processor takes patience and practice.

A man wearing a Cochlear implant talks to a friend on a golf course

What you'll find on this page

  • Why training is important to using your new hearing.
  • How practice and patience will help over time.

Learning to hear happens over time

Training the brain to understand the sounds it receives from a hearing implant is necessary to get a better outcome.

Your brain will need time to interpret all the new sounds. This can take a while.

After you start hearing with your new device, you will need to practise listening and speaking as much as possible.

Practise at home

The more you practise, the better. This means enlisting the help of family and friends to talk and listen more and more.

You can also listen to audio books or podcasts or read along with someone from a book — these are all ways to improve your hearing.

How to get Cochlear's rehabilitation resources

Cochlear provides resources to help parents and carers practise hearing and listening skills with children, catering to different ages and hearing levels.

These aids may be useful for extended family and friends as well, as these people also play a pivotal role in helping your child.

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Disclaimer

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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