Southern Cochlear Implant Programme

Treatment for children

A cochlear implant is a surgical treatment for hearing loss and other auditory disorders, dramatically improving a person’s quality of life.

The technology is primarily used to give access to spoken language for patients with severe to profound hearing loss where even well-fitted hearing aids are ineffective.

Before we recommend cochlear implantation we will need to establish whether the procedure is suitable for your child.

In children, a cochlear implant might be the correct procedure if they display:

  • Severe or profound hearing loss
  • Inadequate speech and/or language progress caused by hearing loss
  • Severe reverse sloping hearing loss
  • Limited aided speech information above 2 kHz (as seen on speech-mapping)
  • Sensorineural hearing loss caused by meningitis

Early intervention is vital – a child with severe hearing loss will have a better chance to reach his/her full spoken language potential if correctly treated within critical times. Patients with additional needs are not excluded.

Southern Cochlear Implant Programme

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