Hybrid™ Hearing solutions for adults

You may be able to hear some low-frequency sounds but not high-frequency sounds like birds chirping. If this is what you are experiencing, there is hope.

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What you will find on this page

  • Hear from people whose lives have been transformed by a Hybrid™ Hearing solution
  • Find out if a Hybrid Hearing solution can help you
  • Learn about the benefits of Hybrid Hearing solutions

You may be able to hear some sounds, but not others. Often when experiencing hearing loss, high-frequency sounds can be difficult to hear. And, because high-frequency sounds include consonants in words that help detect emotion and understand the meaning of what is being said, you may be missing out on much more.

About Hybrid™ Hearing* solutions for adults

Cochlear™ Hybrid™ Hearing solutions combine hearing aid and cochlear implant technologies to enhance your hearing experience and provide access to the sounds you're missing.

If you experience ski-slope hearing loss where you have normal to moderate low-frequency hearing loss, but severe to profound high-frequency hearing loss, the Cochlear™ Nucleus® Hybrid™ Implant System may be a solution. The Hybrid System uses a special electrode* that's designed to preserve your low-frequency hearing.

“I just gradually noticed that my hearing started to decline. I had the best hearing aids possible and I had all the gadgets, and I was not hearing. It started to take who I was away. And it was at that moment that I knew I had to take the leap of faith and go for it. Being able to hear the birds chirping, being able to understand my grandchildren is just priceless.”

- Ellen D. - Nucleus® Hybrid recipient

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Do you qualify for a Hybrid Hearing solution?

Cochlear Hybrid Hearing solutions amplify low-frequency hearing by using an acoustic component after surgery. Combined with a cochlear implant, they work together to provide a richer, more natural hearing experience*.

The Hybrid Implant System uses a unique electrode* that is designed to preserve your natural hearing before surgery and it's the first FDA-approved electrode of its kind. The Hybrid Implant System is approved for those with high-frequency hearing loss which is normal to moderate low-frequency hearing loss, but severe to profound high-frequency hearing before surgery.

Will you benefit from an electro-acoustic implant, such as the Cochlear™ Nucleus® Hybrid™ Implant System?

The Cochlear™ Nucleus® Hybrid™ Implant System* does much more than a hearing aid. And, our results provide it.

When compared to hearing aids alone, Cochlear Nucleus Hybrid Implant System recipients reported improvements in:

  • Hearing performance in both quiet and noise1

  • Overall hearing satisfaction1

  • Speech understanding1

  • Sound quality1

  • Music appreciation1

Do you qualify for a Hybrid Hearing solution?

A Hearing Implant Specialist will be able to tell you if a Cochlear Hybrid Hearing solution could be for you. Take a short quiz to help you understand your hearing loss.

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Introducing the Cochlear™ Nucleus® System

The Hybrid Implant System is part of the Nucleus Implant System portfolio. With our Cochlear Nucleus Implant System, we help you hear your best with more choices of wearing options, wireless connectivity solutions, and personalized services. This means providing you with an innovative cochlear implant solution that includes the world's most reliable implant2-4, Apple® and Android™ device compatibility and hearing performance for a lifetime.

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*The Acoustic Component should only be used when behavioral audiometric thresholds can be obtained and the recipient can provide feedback regarding sound quality. The Hybrid L24 Implant is approved in the US only for adults 18 and older.

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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  1. FDA Panel Sponsor Executive Summary, Nucleus Hybrid L24 Implant System [Internet]. 2013 November 8 [cited 2014 June 5].
  2. Cochlear Nucleus Implant Reliability Report. Volume 16 | December 2017. D1175804. Cochlear Ltd; 2018.
  3. Hearing Implant Reliability Reporting | MED-EL [Internet]. Medel.com. 2018 [cited 6 March 2018]. Available from: http://www.medel.com/au/reliability-reporting/
  4. 2018 Global Implant Reliability Report. 027-N025-02. Advanced Bionics AG and affiliates.; 2018.