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David Vernick, MD, Otolaryngology, answeredOne of the fastest growing age groups to receive cochlear implants is children. Cochlear implants can be implanted in children as young as 12 months old. The age was lowered from two years to one in 2000, after research continued to show that children who receive cochlear implants at a younger age acquire more age-appropriate language skills than children implanted when they are older. That's because younger children are exposed to sounds during a time in development that is crucial to acquiring speech and language skills.