How Cochlear™ Hybrid™ Hearing works

Hybrid™ Hearing* solutions combine hearing aid and cochlear implant technologies. Learn more about how they work together.

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How does Cochlear Hybrid Hearing work?

Cochlear Hybrid Hearing is a combination of hearing aid and cochlear implant technologies, which use electro-acoustic input. It uses acoustic amplification of the natural low-frequency hearing you may have after surgery, while taking advantage of cochlear implant technology to restore access to the sounds you're missing.

Cochlear Hybrid Hearing has two parts:

  • An external sound processor with acoustic component*

  • An implant that is surgically placed under the skin and attached to an electrode that is placed in the inner ear*

Together, these parts bypass the part of the ear that isn't working, sending digital sound signals straight to the hearing nerve. The hearing nerve fibers in the inner ear pick up the digital signals, combine them with the amplified sounds and send them to the brain, which is translated as the sound you hear. 

Watch the video below to learn more about how Cochlear™ Hybrid™ Hearing works.

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*The Acoustic Component whould 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.