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Cochlear Implant Services

From newborns to people over 90 years old, we've changed the lives of thousands of Australians in our cochlear implant program.
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Access a whole new world of sound

For some people, hearing aids are not enough. Unlike hearing aids, which amplify sound, cochlear implants provide direct access to sound, often making it easier to:

  • interpret speech and interact with others
  • hear in loud environments
  • understand where sound is coming from
  • connect with the world around you.

A solution for people young and old

When it comes to cochlear implants, age is irrelevant. You may be surprised to know that our youngest cochlear implant recipient was 3 months old and the oldest was 101 years. And there have been plenty in between.

For children, cochlear implants can help with speech and language development and enhance access to learning, play and social interaction. For adults, cochlear implants can help you rediscover what you love most about life - connecting with family, speaking on the phone and making a reservation at your favourite restaurant.

Did you know?

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Hearing loss is the number one, biggest modifiable risk for dementia in middle age.^
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More than 92% of adults with significant hearing loss in Australia who could benefit from a cochlear implant haven’t explored the technology.*

^ Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care (The Lancet, December 16, 2017)

* The Social and Economic Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia (Hearing Care Industry Association, June 2017)

Is a cochlear implant right for me?

A cochlear implant may be an appropriate solution for you, your child or a loved one, when hearing aids are no longer enough. As a guide, while wearing hearing aids:

  • can you hear in crowded places?
  • can you hear children's voices?
  • can you use your phone to make calls?

If you answered no to any of these questions, a cochlear implant may be right for you.

Get in touch and we can help.

An expert team in your corner

When it comes to cochlear implants, we're world-leaders. That's because we're committed to world's best practice, grounded by research and innovation, and have a team of experts here for you.

Our audiologists and allied health professionals will work with you to achieve the best possible outcomes for you or your child, and surgeries are conducted by Australia’s leading Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeons.

With you every step of the way

From your initial hearing assessment, through to the cochlear implantation and ongoing support, we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Our support is tailored to your individual journey, and can include:

  • pre-assessment advice
  • assessment support
  • ENT consultations
  • organising surgery
  • technical programming of your device
  • ongoing holistic care
  • rehabilitation services
  • allied health services, such as speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, and family counsellors
  • integrated early intervention services for children
  • After hours technical support
  • Connected Services for adults, children and families who don't live near a NextSense centre, allowing all Australians to access services online.
School children wearing BAHA, Kanso and cochlear implants working together in a classroom

Support when you need it most

If you are an Australian resident covered by Medicare, cochlear implants and our support services generally come with no out-of-pocket cost. We're able to provide our services through government funding, private health insurance, and support from donations. There are state, territory, and charity-funded support schemes to assist with travel and accommodation for families in regional areas to help access our services.

We're also a registered NDIS provider and can help eligible individuals and families to access cochlear implant services through this scheme.

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