Getting Started

The process of getting a cochlear implant can be overwhelming.  Please find below information on cochlear implants, who they can benefit, how they work, and how to get referred for an assessment. 

About Hearing Loss

The ear is composed of 3 parts: Outer Ear, Middle Ear and Inner Ear.  

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What is a Cochlear Implant?

A cochlear implant is a medical device that is designed to help those with significant hearing loss have access to some hearing again. 

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Are You a Candidate?

Cochlear implant candidacy criteria are set based on research.

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How Can I Be Seen at the Clinic?

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Test Day

Welcome to test day!  You should plan to spend a full day (approximately from 9AM to 3PM) at the cochlear implant clinic.

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Surgery Day

All adult Cochlear Implant surgeries are performed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.

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Switch-On Day

It's time to switch-on your cochlear implant!  During your switch-on appointments you will work with your audiologist to begin to relearn to hear with your cochlear implant. 

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Sound Processor Replacement Program

In 2014, The BC Adult Cochlear Implant Program began to offer subsidized replacements to aging sound processors through the Sound Processor Replacement Program.  This provincially funded program is available to those cochlear implant recipients whose sound processors have reached 6 to 7 years old.  

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