About Cochlear Implants

Cochlear implants don’t just make sounds louder, they stimulate the hearing nerves directly providing access right across the speech range and amplify the sound to close to normal levels.

While hearing aids amplify sounds, some people may still find speech difficult to understand. Implantable hearing devices can provide help for children and adults who gain little or no benefit from conventional hearing aids.

Who can benefit from a CI?

People of any age can benefit from cochlear implants or bone conduction implantable devices.

The level of success of an implantable hearing device is dependent on many factors and our specialist team can evaluate and discuss these with you and your family during the assessment process.

What ongoing support is available?

We offer ongoing support for children and adults of all ages. This support can be provided face-to-face through one of our centres, or via video conferencing, anywhere in Australia.

We support you with ongoing assessments to monitor your progress, plus regular device programming and optimisation.

We also provide device support including troubleshooting, replacement parts, upgrades and equipment loans through an after hours helpdesk.

Paediatric and adult hearing journey

SCIC Cochlear Implant Program provides lifelong support and care throughout the entire hearing implant journey.

Your journey is built upon 3 key stages:

Initial Assessment

  • Consultation with the ear-nose-and-throat surgeon
  • Evaluation by the audiologist
  • CT and MRI scans
  • Speech and language assessment (children)
  • Electrophysiological tests, unique to the SCIC Cochlear Implant Program service

Surgery

The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. The surgeon will make a small incision behind the ear and insert the internal device. The SCIC Cochlear Implant Program electrophysiology team perform detailed testing at the time of surgery to make sure the best hearing outcome is achieved from the implant. Most patients return home the following day.

Post-operation support

SCIC Cochlear Implant Program provides comprehensive support after the operation. This includes:

  • An acute phase with initial activation of the cochlear implant approximately 1-3 weeks after surgery by the SCIC clinician(s)
  • Regular cochlear-implant programming (mapping), tailored to the recipient’s needs
  • Listening and communication practice using the implant
  • Long term follow up to check the device is working optimally

We can support you, your family and any other professionals that are working with you to help you make the most of your new hearing device.