How Can I Be Seen at the Clinic?

<p>You must be 18 years or older to be referred to our program.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

<p>You can be referred to our program by:</p>

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<li><strong>medical doctor&nbsp;(family physician, ear nose throat (ENT) specialist)</strong></li>
<li><strong>registered</strong>&nbsp;<strong>audiologist</strong>&nbsp;</li>
<li><strong>registered hearing instrument practitioner</strong>&nbsp;</li>
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<p>When we receive your referral,&nbsp;the cochlear implant&nbsp;clinic&nbsp;will send you a package requesting further information. &nbsp;The package will include:</p>

<ul>
<li><a href="/sites/cochlearimplant.providencehealthcare.org/files/Hearing%20Aid%20Check%20Form%20Nov%202019.doc" target="_blank"><strong><em>Hearing Aid Check</em></strong></a>:&nbsp; Take this form to your audiologist or hearing aid provider and&nbsp;have them fill it out. They will check your hearing aids and supply real ear measurements (REM) to ensure the hearing aids&nbsp;are well-fit and working properly. &nbsp;Send in a copy of a recent (within 6 months) complete hearing test. &nbsp;Copies of previous hearing tests are also very helpful.</li>
<li><a href="/sites/cochlearimplant.providencehealthcare.org/files/Cochlear%20Implant%20Questionnaire%20%28R.%20May%2022-18%29.pdf" target="_blank"><strong><em>Cochlear Implant Questionnaire</em></strong></a><em>:</em><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong>&nbsp;Provide a detailed history of your hearing loss, how long you have worn hearing aids, how you are coping with your hearing loss and what you hope a cochlear implant will do for you.</li>
</ul>

<p>Once these forms are completed and returned to our clinic, our team will review them at our weekly intake meeting.&nbsp;&nbsp;After reviewing this&nbsp;information, we will&nbsp;respond by either:</p>

<ul>
<li>Contacting you to schedule an assessment to see if you are a candidate for a cochlear implant.</li>
<li>Sending you a letter to let you know that the results of your most current&nbsp;hearing test or other information indicate&nbsp;that you are not/not yet a candidate for a cochlear implant.</li>
<li>Asking you to have your hearing aids adjusted or try other more appropriate hearing aids before we can schedule an assessment.</li>
</ul>

<p>If you have a hearing loss that may be helped by hearing aids, you must wear&nbsp;your hearing aids on a daily basis&nbsp;or be willing to undergo a trial with hearing aids before we can assess you for a cochlear implant.&nbsp; This is the case even if you have tried hearing aids in the past and did not like them or did not&nbsp;feel they were very helpful.</p>

<p>Given the number of referrals received through the cochlear implant clinic, this process may take several months. &nbsp;We thank you in advance for your patience.</p>

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