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21st March 2018

Cochlear – It starts “hear”

As the industry leader in implantable solutions for 35 years, Cochlear has now helped more than 450,000 people with disabling hearing loss to hear. When you next turn on your sound processor, pause for a moment and imagine where it all begins.

From the company’s headquarters near Sydney, Australia, to four key manufacturing sites and offices in over 20 countries, Cochlear’s 3,000 employees include more than 75 nationalities offering sales and support in over 100 countries.

A team of over 350 engineers in Australia, Belgium, Sweden, and the U.S. works together to develop innovative technologies. The Sydney headquarters is located next to the Australian Hearing Hub, which enables close collaboration around all aspects of research and hearing healthcare. Here, too, highly skilled engineers and production staff manufacture the internal component (the surgically placed implant) and our innovative sound processors. Cochlear’s latest innovation the Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor was the result of a global collaboration with the design, engineering, manufacture, and export led by the global team.

But innovation is not just about products; it underpins our whole approach. Cochlear invests more than $150 million (AUD) each year in research and development, participating in over 100 collaborative research programs worldwide. Our overarching goals are about integrating hearing solutions into peoples’ lifestyles to give them the best hearing outcomes, and we are proud to have won several industry awards for our leading products and services.

Whilst we celebrate that almost half a million people now hear with implants from Cochlear, there is still more for us to do.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), less than 5% of the world’s population who could benefit from an implantable hearing solution actually receive one1 and this includes around 32 million children.

From the parent of a new born baby, an adult busy with work and family or a retiree enjoying their new found freedom, we know that everyone has dreams and expectations. At Cochlear, we help people with hearing loss to access a life full of sound and full of potential and our mission remains the same: to help people Hear now. And always.

The future of hearing health is “hear” at Cochlear. For more information, visit www.cochlear.com.

1) World Health Organization. 10 Facts on Deafness [Internet]. Updated April 2017 [cited June 2017]. Available from: www.who.int

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