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Cochlear Implants

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Source: NIDCD, Cochlear Implants

Cochlear implants are designed to replace the function of healthy sensory cells in the inner ear and restore access to the sounds one is missing using electrical impulses to transmit sound through the inner ear to the hearing nerve.

Who Can Benefit from a Cochlear Implant?

For adults, cochlear implants help those with moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears who are not receiving enough benefit when using hearing aids.

Cochlear implants are approved for children 9 months and older with severe to profound hearing loss in both ears.

  • Children 9-24 months: Profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears and limited benefit from hearing aids in both ears.


  • Children 2 - 17 years: Severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears with limited benefit from hearing aids.

To get further information about cochlear implants, contact your hearing healthcare professional or visit Cochlear.com and the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.

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