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.
* 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 12 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.
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.
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:
Watch a video of how the Nucleus System with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor works.
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.
If your child is deaf in one ear, or has conductive or mixed hearing loss, a bone conduction solution might help.
With a bone conduction system, your child has the unique advantage of hearing the difference first. A Hearing Implant Specialist can help him or her try (or demo) a sound processor so they can hear how it might sound before you make any decisions.
The Cochlear™ Baha® 5 Implant System is designed to provide a more complete and fulfilling listening experience to children suffering from single-sided deafness, conductive or mixed hearing loss. It has the potential to give your child the freedom and confidence to enjoy going to a movie, hear the coach across the soccer field, participate in the classroom and socialize with friends.
While a hearing aid tries to push sound through the damaged part of the ear, the 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.
There are three components of every Baha System.
The Osia System is a brand 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.
The Cochlear Osia System is the world's first osseointegrated, steady-state active system. This system utilizes innovative technologies specifically designed to work in and with the body, to help children with single-sided deafness, conducive or mixed hearing loss hear their best. The Osia System uses the body’s natural ability to conduct sound through bone conduction, which can help your child hear speech better, particularly in noisy situations.
Children under the age of 5 do not yet qualify for a Bone Conduction Implant. However, a Softband and 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® Bone Conduction Implant System or the Osia® Implant System**.
Uses a magnetic connection to attach the sound processor to the implant.
Uses a small abutment to attach the sound processor to the implant.
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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.