Cochlear Implants: About This Life-Changing Technology

Cochlear implants have helped hundreds of thousands of people worldwide hear and understand—even when hearing aids could not. Cochlear implants may be able to help open up the world of sound to you or your loved one.

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How Cochlear Implants Differ From Hearing Aids

Hearing aids only amplify sound, but this may not be effective if the inner ear is damaged. Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants bypass the inner ear to directly stimulate the auditory nerve.

This means a cochlear implant may be able to help restore hearing to you or your loved one—even if a hearing aid cannot.

Our cochlear implants are designed to help people better understand speech and experience the closest to natural hearing.

Benefits of Cochlear Implants

  • Easier to socialise with family and friends
  • Better hearing in noisy settings, like restaurants
  • Improved listening on the phone
How does Cochlear Implants work

How Does a Cochlear Implant Work?

People experience severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss when tiny hair cells in the inner ear are damaged. As a result, they cannot detect sounds properly. A cochlear implant bypasses these damaged hair cells and sends electric signals to the brain where they are interpreted as sound.

Watch this video to learn how a cochlear implant works.


Is a Cochlear Implant Right for Me?

Cochlear implants are used to treat severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss. You or your loved one will need to meet with hearing professionals to find out if a cochlear implant is the right solution.

Based on hearing, physical health, and imaging assessments, hearing professionals will recommend a solution. These services are available at clinics in every state in Australia and both islands in New Zealand through both public and private health systems.

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How Much Does a Cochlear Implant Cost?

Many people are surprised to learn that cochlear implants are available at no or minimum cost within Australia. In fact, a cochlear implant is generally less expensive than a hearing aid. More details on cochlear implant funding are available here.

In New Zealand, the Ministry of Health funds cochlear implant services for people who meet a certain criteria. For further information please visit the Ministry of Health.


Your Guide to Cochlear Implant Surgery

After getting a cochlear implant, many people can communicate better, enjoy music, go to mainstream schools or return to their careers. Here are the next steps along the way to better hearing with a cochlear implant.

The Perfect Match

We go further than just offering you the best sound quality—our audio processors have all the features you’re looking for in comfortable designs you’ll love to wear. And our implants are designed to deliver outstanding reliability and MRI safety*, along with a lifetime of better hearing.

Together, they’re made to give you the best possible hearing experience.


Audio Processor

  • Advanced Hearing Performance
  • Easy Connectivity
  • Comfortable Design

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Audio Processor

  • All day hearing
  • Over 30 cover designs
  • Compatible with all hearing aids

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Cochlear Implant

  • Great Sound Quality
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • 3.0 Tesla MRI Without Surgery**

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Cochlear Implant Reliability

A Lifetime of Hearing

Getting a cochlear implant is a big decision. Your implant will be with you for many years to come, so it’s important to think about the impact your implant will have, both now and in the future.

At MED-EL, we design everything with the future in mind. Our implants are built for long-term reliability, so you can experience years of uninterrupted hearing. We make it easy to upgrade to the newest audio processor, letting you benefit from the latest technology. Our SYNCHRONY series of implants have outstanding MRI safety* and are covered by our MRI Guarantee, meaning you’re prepared for whatever life brings.

A cochlear implant is a decision for a lifetime, and MED-EL will be with you all the way.

* The SYNCHRONY 2 or SYNCHRONY cochlear implants are MR conditional. Recipients with a SYNCHRONY 2 or SYNCHRONY cochlear implant may be safely MRI scanned at 0.2, 1.0, 1.5, and 3.0 Tesla following the conditions detailed in the instructions for use.
** Unless required for diagnostic reasons.

 User Stories

"My quality of life has changed tremendously since my implant"

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Our Hearpeers Mentors are cochlear implant recipients and parents of recipients from around the world. They are ready to answer your questions about life with a hearing implant.

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