Cochlear Implant

Tasmanian Health Service - Northern Region


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Assessment for Infants and Children

Referral Guidelines and Clinic Information (including travel and cost)

Rehabilitation and Support for Infants and Children

What is a Cochlear Implant and how does it work?

Cochlear Website

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Statewide Audiology Service
GPO Box 1061, Hobart

Telephone: (03) 6166 0107
Fax: (03) 6234 9597
Email: audiology@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Cochlear Implant Program


The Tasmanian Cochlear Implant Program provides comprehensive assessment and rehabilitation for children and adults who have or wish to be considered for a cochlear implant or other implantable hearing device.

The clinic is affiliated with the Melbourne Cochlear Implant Clinic.

Referral Guidelines and Clinic Information

Candidacy criteria for cochlear implants have changed dramatically over time, due to advances in technology and improving hearing outcomes.

Many people benefit from a combination of hearing aid and cochlear implant. Some people with normal hearing in one ear may also benefit from implantation in their poor ear.

Adults and children whose air conduction pure tone thresholds in the poorer ear are within the dark area, may benefit and can be referred for an initial assessment.Hearing Threshold and Frequency Chart

These levels are guidelines only. A comprehensive assessment is required to determine if someone would benefit from cochlear implantation.

Read more about the Referral Guidelines and Clinic Information

Assessment Process

A number of appointments are required to determine if you or your child could benefit from a cochlear implant. The results of the assessments will be discussed by the implant team and an evidence based recommendation made, based on the expected benefit of a cochlear implant compared to a conventional hearing aid or other implantable device.

Audiologist

The Audiologist will assess your or your child’s hearing, hearing aid performance and speech perception in quiet and in noise. They will provide information about cochlear implants, including the potential benefits and limitation of the device. A meeting with an implantee can also be arranged.

The audiologist will be your main point of contact throughout the assessment.

Ear Nose and Throat Specialist (ENT)

Dr Boardman will assess you or your child from a medical perspective to ensure that a cochlear implant is an appropriate option. This will involve ordering a CT & MRI scan as well as other medical investigations as needed. If you or your child have already had these scans you will need to take them to your initial appointment.

Dr Boardman will discuss the results of these tests with you as well as information about what to expect during and after surgery.

Speech Pathologist

Children will require a number of appointments with the implant speech pathologist, to assess their speech and language development. They will also talk to you about the rehabilitation program required, should you go ahead with an implant for your child.

Appointments with other clinicians such as a paediatrician or the team Family Support Facilitator may also be required. This will be discussed with you.

Cochlear implantation is elective surgery. A recommendation for a device does not mean you have to proceed with surgery. If surgery is recommended, the final choice to proceed is with the patient or a child’s parents.