Cochlear Implant

A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants bypass the damaged hair cells of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.


  • Cochlear implant candidacy assessment
  • Expectations counselling
  • Device counselling
  • Surgery preparations
  • Post-surgical assessment
  • Mapping sessions
  • Speech therapy
  • Sound processor maintenance and care
  • Cochlear implant insurance

The Journey to Hearing

Initial tuning 1

Initial tuning 2 (anytime within the first week)

1 week post – initial switch on

1 month

3 months

6 months

9 months

12 months

What happens before a cochlear implant surgery?

Patients are usually referred to see an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) doctor or a Otolaryngologist to test them to see if they are potential candidates for cochlear implants.

Tests often done are:

  • Examination of external, middle and inner ear
  • Various tests of hearing, such as an audiogram
  • A trial of hearing aid use to assess its potential benefit
  • Exams to evaluate middle and inner ear structures
    => CT (computerised tomography) scan
    => MRI (magnetic resonance imagining) scan
  • Psychological examination to see if the patient can cope with the implant
  • Physical exam to prepare for general anesthesia