What is a hearing implant?
A cochlear implant is a remarkably small device that
is surgically implanted discretely behind your ear(s).
Unlike hearing aids, which amplify sound, a cochlear implant or hearing
implant bypasses the part of your ear that is not working and stimulates
the hearing nerve directly. As a result, it restores your ability to perceive
and understand sound and speech.
Are there any age limits?
Provided your general health is good, you meet the criteria,
have a good support network and are motivated, age is not
a barrier for receiving a cochlear implant.
How a cochlear implant works
The external speech processor captures sound and converts it into digital signals.
The processor sends the digital signals to the internal implant.
The internal implant converts the signals into electrical energy,
sending it to an electrode array inside the cochlea.
Electrodes stimulate the hearing nerve, by passing damaged hair cells,
and the brain perceives the signals as sound.
Australian and global implant trends
In the developed economies 10 years ago around 40% of new recipients were children under 18.
Today, nearly 65% of new recipients are adults and 27% are over 65. Australia, along with Germany
and US, have the largest amount of adults with cochlear implants – 40% of new recipients in 2011
were 65 years and older compared with only 20% in 2000. An estimated 180 000 people in Australia
might benefit from one. Could you be one of them?
Taking the next step
The Attune™ Hearing Implant Program has no waiting lists
– giving you immediate access to expertise and support when it matters most.
The booklet Attune’s ‘Guide to Getting a Cochlear Implant’ will give you all of
the information you need to know about the pre and post implantation process
and the costs of our program.
Call (07) 3832 5156 to request a copy!
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