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Hearing solutions for your child

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.

When a hearing aid is not enough for your child

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

How can a hearing implant help your child?

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

  • Improved auditory awareness of sounds
  • Improved development of speech and language skills
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved educational outcomes

Hearing implant solutions for many types of hearing loss

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.

Learn how hearing through bone conduction works:

The Osia® System

Invisible connection
Uses a magnetic connection to attach the sound processor to the implant.

The Baha® System

Direct connection
Uses a small abutment to attach the sound processor to the implant.

Growing up with Cochlear

Patrick’s Story, age 7
Patrick’s Story, age 3

Cochlear implants

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

The criteria to qualify for a cochlear implant are:

Children (9-24 months)*:

Profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears and limited benefit from hearing aids.

Children (2-17 years):

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.

Introducing the Cochlear Nucleus® Implant System

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.

How it works

There are two primary components of the Nucleus System:

How hearing works illustration

  1. The external sound processor
  2. The implant - surgically placed underneath the skin and attached to an electrode array that's inserted in the inner ear (cochlea)

 

How the Nucleus System with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor works

Nucleus 6 Sound Processor

The Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor

Behind-the-ear
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.

Cochlear Hybrid Hearing

Does your child hear some sounds, but not others?

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.

How it works

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.

Nucleus 6 Sound Processor

Bone conduction solutions

Cochlear bone conduction solutions are clinically proven medical treatment options for children with single-sided deafness, conductive hearing loss or mixed hearing loss.

Cochlear Baha® System

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.

How the Baha System works

How the Baha System works illustration

  1. The sound processor picks up sound vibrations from the environment.
  2. The sound vibrations are transferred through an abutment to a small titanium implant inserted in the bone behind the ear.
  3. The sound vibrations are then sent directly through the bone to the inner ear (cochlea) where they are converted into electrical impulses by tiny hair cells inside the cochlea. These impulses travel to the brain, allowing you to perceive sound naturally.

Cochlear Osia® System

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.

How the Osia System works

How the Osia System works illustration

  1. The sound processor captures sound in the air and digitally analyses the signal.
  2. The processed signal and power are sent through to the implant.
  3. The Piezo Power transducer vibrates, sending vibrations through the implant to the bone.
  4. The vibrations travel to the inner ear where they are converted into electrical impluses and sent to the brain to be interpreted as sound.

Criteria to qualify for a bone conduction solution:

Children (0-4 years):

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.

Children (5 years and older):

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.**

Find Out More

Interested in learning about how hearing implants could help your child? Please complete the short form below to receive a free Resource Guide.

* 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.

References
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  3. Niparko JK(1), Tobey EA, Thal DJ, Eisenberg LS, Wang NY, Quittner AL, Fink NE. Spoken language development in children following cochlear implantation. JAMA. 2010 Apr 21;303(15):1498-506.
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  6. Hammes DM, Novak MA, Rotz LA, et al. Early identification and the cochlear implant: Critical factors for spoken language development. Ann Otol Rhino Laryngol 2002;111:74-78.
  7. Nicholas JG, Geers AE. Will they catch up? The role of age at cochlear implantation in the spoken language development of children with severe to profound hearing loss. J Speech Lang Hear Res 2007;50:1048-1062.
  8. Nicholas JG, Geers AE. Expected test scores for preschoolers with a cochlear implant who use spoken language. Am J Speech Lang Pathol 2008;17:121-138.
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