Children and hearing implants

In this section, you can read more about hearing implants for children. Read about the implantation, the rehabilitation process and how to live and grow as a child with a hearing implant.

Do you have a child with a severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss and is your child unable to benefit from audiological amplification (hearing aids)? Then your child might be a candidate for a cochlear implant.

With other types of hearing loss, your child might be a candidate for other types of hearing implants such as bone conduction devices or middle ear implants. Some bone conduction devices can be worn without surgery.

Rehabilitation

When your child has received his or her hearing implant, the period of rehabilitation begins. Rehabilitation is the process of learning to live and hear with a hearing implant.

Growing up

Without hearing, children cannot develop oral speech. A hearing implant helps your child to speak, grow up and develop and gives them the chance to learn like people with normal hearing.

At school

Most children with a hearing implant attend normal schools together with pupils without hearing loss. Your child may be the only one or one of just a few in a class who have a hearing loss and use a hearing implant or hearing aids. These will work well in most situations, but you may benefit from some good advice and recommendations from ENT doctors, speech therapists, audiologists and teachers of the deaf.

Read more:
Is my child a candidate for a cochlear implant?
Other hearing implants for children
Rehabilitation for a child with hearing implants
Growing up with implants
Going to school with hearing implants