The BC Adult Cochlear Implant Program

In 1982, the first cochlear implant surgery in Canada was performed at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC.  Since then, our surgeons have completed over 680 cochlear implant surgeries. Over the years, our audiologists have provided care to over 900 adult cochlear implant patients.  We work closely with the BC Children's Hospital Cochlear Implant Program, facilitating the transfer of their patients when they reach 18 years of age. 

The BC Adult Cochlear Implant Program offers a full range of cochlear implant services for adults with complex hearing needs, including: assessments, surgery and rehabilitation.  We are a provincially funded program, through the Ministry of Health, mandated to provide cochlear implant services to adults who meet candidacy criteria for cochlear implants across British Columbia.  In addition, adults from the Yukon Territory regularly receive cochlear implant services through our program, with all relevant funding provided by Yukon Health and Social Services.  

We currently work with the following cochlear implant manufacturers:


Help BC Hear Better Group - Your Support Is Requested

The BC Adult Cochlear Implant Program supports the work of the Help BC Hear Better Group, a team of healthcare professionals, researchers and people with hearing loss who are working to improve access to hearing health care in British Columbia.  Please take a moment to review the following website: and consider signing the petition to help advance their efforts.