What is a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.

Nucleus® Cochlear

The Cochlear™ Nucleus® Cochlear Implants are an established, effective and long-term solution for people with moderate to profound hearing loss.

Carina® Middle-Ear

The Carina System is a fully implantable middle-ear implant - unlike hearing aids and other hearing implants there is no external device.

Baha® Bone Conduction

A bone conduction implant is an established, effective long-term solution for people with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss and single-sided deafness (SSD).

True Wireless Freedom

Only Cochlear offers you True Wireless™ freedom with a range of wireless devices that deliver clear sound directly to your Baha® 4, Baha® 5 or Nucleus® Sound Processor. It allows sound to be wirelessly streamed directly to your sound processors for improved hearing in a range of situations and over distance.

Discover the Cochlear™ Wireless Phone Clip, TV Streamer and Mini Microphone 2 and 2+.

What are the benefits?

Many adults with cochlear implants report that they:

Hear better

A previous study has shown that people with cochlear implant achieve an average of 80% sentence understanding, compared with 10% when using hearing aids.

Feel safer

In their everyday life, they feel safer as they can hear alarms, people calling out and approaching vehicles.

Can focus better when it's noisy

This allows them to have conversations with people across meeting tables, in restaurants and other crowded places.

Enjoy music

Reconnect with missed sounds that they could not hear before their cochlear implant.


The benefit of cochlear implants is often different for different individuals. This difference is often due to - how long they have had hearing loss before receiving a cochlear implant, how severe their hearing loss is, condition of their cochlea (inner ear) and other medical conditions
Different hearing loss treatments are available for the different types and degrees of hearing loss. Cochlear implant is one of them, but there are also bone conduction implants, electro-acoustic implant systems and hearing aids.
When considering the solutions that could help you, it’s important to take into account all the options and opportunities. A health professional can talk you through the options and help you make the most informed decision. If you don’t already have someone to speak to, we can help you find a clinic close to you. When considering what to do, the most important thing is to have all the information.

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