Diagnosing hearing loss

Understanding how hearing works and how hearing loss is diagnosed is the first step to identifying the treatment options available for your type of hearing loss.


Hearing loss can occur at any time. Maybe your hearing loss happened suddenly, or it occurred over time. Or, maybe you've always had it and learned to make do with hearing aids and reading lips. A child can be born with hearing loss or develop it later in life.

The good news is that with an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment, there is the potential to live a full life. It all starts with knowing what to look out for and understanding when and how to start looking for an audiologist who is qualified in all hearing solutions, from hearing aids to hearing implants.

"When they turned my sound processor on, it was like when the Wizard of Oz changed from black and white to color."

- Meryl B. - Baha™ recipient


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.

Views expressed are those of the individual. Consult your health professional to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology.

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