There are more hearing loss solutions for your child today than ever before, and selecting the most appropriate hearing technology is critical to your child’s hearing success. You will work closely with an audiologist to determine the best solution for your child today and as the hearing loss changes over time.
Hearing aids help many people, including children who experience mild to moderate hearing loss. However, for children with more severe types of hearing loss, hearing aids might not be enough for them to understand sounds and learn speech. Their inner, outer or middle ear may be damaged to the point where amplification alone may not provide them with access to meaningful sound.
If you think hearing aids may not be the right solution for your child, it’s important to consider a hearing implant solution sooner rather than later. In fact, research suggests delaying implantation to extend hearing aid use for children may be detrimental to language growth after being implanted.3
Predicting how well your child will do with a hearing implant is difficult because there are many factors to take into consideration. However, we know through experience and research that your child could experience the following by hearing with an implant:4
Just as no two stories of hearing loss are the same, neither are the stories of overcoming it. In many situations, Cochlear can help with one of these treatment options – a cochlear implant, Cochlear™ Hybrid™ Hearing* or a bone conduction solution. To determine which is right for your child, familiarize yourself with the following information and schedule an appointment with a Hearing Implant Specialist to start the discussion.
Although there is no cure for hearing loss, the cochlear implant has become widely recognized as an established treatment for children with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss.4
Profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears and limited benefit from hearing aids.
Severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears with limited benefit from hearing aids and speech scores of less than 30 percent correct when using hearing aids.
* In the United States, the cochlear implant system is intended for use in children 9 to 24 months of age who have bilateral profound sensorineural deafness and demonstrate limited benefit from appropriate binaural hearing aids. Children two years of age or older may demonstrate severe to profound hearing loss bilaterally. In Canada, the cochlear implant system is intended for use in children 9 to 24 months of age who have bilateral profound sensorineural deafness and demonstrate limited benefit from appropriate binaural hearing aids. Children two years of age or older may demonstrate severe to profound hearing loss bilaterally.
With the Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant System, children with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears can gain access to the world of sound; and speech can be learned at the same pace as other hearing children.4-9 It is designed to make sounds not only louder, but clearer, which is critical to help your child understand sound and learn to talk.
There are two primary components of the Nucleus System:
Uses two tiny microphones that convert sound into digital signals. Its lightweight coil is held in place with a magnet that connects with the magnet in the implant under the skin.
If your child can hear some sounds, but struggles to hear other sounds like whistles and birds chirping, Cochlear™ Hybrid™ Hearing* may be able to help by amplifying the natural low-frequency hearing your child may have after surgery and provide access to the high-frequency sounds they are missing for a richer hearing experience.
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 your child may have after surgery, while taking advantage of cochlear implant technology to restore access to the sounds they are missing. Hybrid Hearing is compatible with our broad Nucleus Electrode portfolio.
Ask your child's audiologist if Cochlear Hybrid Hearing may be a solution to help provide your child's best hearing experience.
Cochlear™ bone conduction solutions are clinically proven medical treatment options for children with single-sided deafness, conductive hearing loss or mixed hearing loss.
The Cochlear™ Baha® System uses the body's natural ability to conduct sound through bone vibrations by bypassing the damaged outer or middle ear to send more clear, crisp sound directly to your child's hearing nerve. The Baha System is made up of two parts, the Baha Implant and the Baha® 6 Max Sound Processor.
The Osia System is a new hearing implant that uses a Piezo Power™ transducer that expands and contracts to create powerful vibrations to send sound naturally to the inner ear, through bone conduction. The implant is made up of two parts, the Osia® Implant and the Osia® 2 Sound Processor.
Children under the age of 5 do not yet qualify for a bone conduction implant system. However, a Softband or SoundArc™ can help your child achieve better hearing. Both are non-surgical solutions for your child's hearing loss, until your child is ready for an implant.
Depending on the type and degree of hearing loss, children with single-sided deafness, conductive hearing loss or mixed hearing loss may qualify for the Cochlear™ Baha® Implant System or the Osia® Implant System.**
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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.
** In the United States, the Osia 2 Implant System is cleared for children ages 12 and older. The Baha 5 Implant System is cleared for children ages 5 and older. In Canada, the Osia System and Baha System are indicated for children ages five and older.