The comprehensive assessment is aimed at determining whether or not an individual is a suitable candidate for a cochlear implant. The assessment involves consultations with a multi-disciplinary team and consists of the following:
An experienced surgeon and theatre staff performs the surgery.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia by the ENT surgeon. The surgeon makes a small incision behind the ear and inserts the internal device underneath the skin and into the cochlea. The audiologist performs specialized testing at the time of surgery to ensure the functioning of the implant and to test the response of the hearing nerve to electrical stimulation. Most children are able to go home on the day of the surgery while adults will be discharged the day after the surgery.
Comprehensive support following the operation is available:
A cochlear implant is a lifelong commitment – not only from the cochlear implant user, but also for the cochlear implant team.
The PCIU provides inveterate support for the cochlear implant user, the family as well as other professionals involved to allow the achievement of optimal outcomes.
Support is provided in terms of:
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