About Cochlear & How We Change Lives

Over 450,000 people have been where you are right now. Face to face with their own hearing loss. Or that of a loved one. Of course they were anxious, who wouldn’t be? But they all took a deep breath and made the decision to hear now and always. And we’ll help you do the same.

Who We Are

We’re the people who help people hear. We invented the world’s first multi-channel cochlear implant over 30 years ago, which has evolved into our Cochlear Nucleus® System today. Later, we added a bone conduction implant, the Cochlear Baha® System, to our treatment options, so we could help care for more people with hearing loss. And now, with the Cochlear Nucleus® Hybrid Implant System, we can help individuals missing high-frequency sounds who may not have had an effective treatment option available to them. We’re the ones with more breakthroughs than any other company because no one spends more on research and development.1,2 We’ve seen nine generations of innovations and there will be more. All to make sure your hearing keeps improving throughout your life.

How Hearing Works

Hearing is one of those things most people take for granted. But if you have hearing loss, it’s vital you understand how it works. So in this section we give you a brief overview of the components of hearing, their functions and how the whole system works together.

Hearing Loss Explained

This is why you’re here. You or someone you know has a hearing loss. While there are many causes, they all fall into four types. This section will give you a better understanding of each, as well as an overview of the degrees of loss.

Not Treating Hearing Loss

“It’s not that bad. I can get by.” When it comes to hearing loss, often times it feels easier to do nothing at all. But you’re missing out on so much. Ignoring the signs or letting a loved one go without treatment can be devastating, to you, your family and your relationships.


  1. Cochlear Annual Report, 2012 September. Income statement. [Cited 2013 July] [Internet: pdf document, 80 p.] Available at: www.cochlear.com
  2. Sonova Annual Report 2012/2013, 2013 May. Financial review. [Cited 2013 July] [Internet: pdf document, 128 p.] Available at: www.sonova.com