Cochlear implants for children

Cochlear implants are designed to help children with severe to profound hearing loss. Being able to hear opens up a world of possibilities for children and parents. Find out how.

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What you will find on this page

  • See how a child’s life has been transformed by a cochlear implant
  • Find out if your child qualifies for a cochlear implant
  • Learn about the benefits of cochlear implants

For children with severe to profound hearing loss, a cochlear implant can provide the potential for them to attend a dance class, listen to music, ride a bike and more, just like Raelyn. Watch her story below.

“When Raelyn was first diagnosed with profound hearing loss, our family was saddened, and we didn’t know what to expect for Raelyn’s future. And then we found out about cochlear implants... Now I feel like she is unstoppable. Her future is looking very bright.”

- Jeanette H. - mother of Nucleus® recipient

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Does your child qualify for a cochlear implant?

Cochlear implants are approved for children with severe to profound hearing loss in both ears.*

  • Children 12 - 24 months: Profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears and limited benefit from hearing aids in both ears.

  • Children 2 - 17 years: Severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears with limited benefit from hearing aids. To qualify, speech scores while using hearing aids need to be less than 30% correct.

Note: Wearing hearing aids first is a necessary step in the evaluation process for a cochlear implant.

A hearing health professional who specializes in all types of hearing technology, including implantable hearing solutions, will be able to advise if your child may benefit from a cochlear implant. Find one today.

Will your child benefit from a cochlear implant?

Research and decades of experience demonstrate that cochlear implants often provide improved:

  • Auditory awareness of sounds at levels within the normal range of hearing1

  • Speech understanding, sound clarity and language skills1

  • Hearing in noisy environments2

  • Quality of life2

  • Educational outcomes3 with the potential to attend a mainstream school

Introducing the Cochlear™ Nucleus® System

Your child is unique and their hearing solution should be, too. With our Cochlear Nucleus Implant System, we help your child hear their best with more choices of wearing options, wireless connectivity solutions and personalized services. This means providing your child with an innovative cochlear implant solution that includes the world's most reliable implants3-5, Apple® and Android™  device compatibility and proven hearing performance for a lifetime.

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Please seek advice from your medical practitioner or health professional about treatments for hearing loss. They will be able to advise on a suitable solution for the hearing loss condition. All products should be used only as directed by your medical practitioner or health professional. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative.

Views expressed by Cochlear recipients and hearing health providers are those of the individual. Consult your hearing health provider to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology. Outcomes and results may vary.

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*Cochlear implants are approved in the United States for children 12 months and older.


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  2. Hirschfelder A, Gräbel S, Olze H. The impact of cochlear implantation on quality of life: The role of audiologic performance and variables. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Mar;138(3): 357-362.
  3. Cochlear Nucleus Implant Reliability Report. Volume 16 | December 2017. D1175804. Cochlear Ltd; 2018.
  4. Hearing Implant Reliability Reporting | MED-EL [Internet]. 2018 [cited 6 March 2018]. Available from:
  5. 2017 Global Implant Reliability Report. 027-N025-02. Advanced Bionics AG and affiliates.; 2017.