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Cochlear Implant

About Us

Since its foundation in 1995, the National Cochlear Implant Programme at Beaumont Hospital has been providing high quality care for adults and children with severe to profound hearing loss.  The Cochlear Implant Programme is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of highly trained and qualified professionals specialising in deafness, including ENT surgeons, audiological scientists, speech and language therapists, teachers of the deaf, psychologists, specialist nurse and administrators.  The Cochlear Implant Programme also liaises closely with other specialists including radiologists, geneticists, ophthalmologists, interpreters, and social workers to provide a comprehensive patient-centred service during the assessment and management of individuals on the programme.

The Service

Beaumont Hospital houses both the adult and paediatric programmes.  Assessments for cochlear implant suitability are carried out across all age groups, ranging from a few months to 80+ years old, and include individuals with complex needs.  Following assessment, once an individual is deemed to be a cochlear implant candidate and cochlear implantation is chosen as the management option by the parent/guardian or patient, the Cochlear Implant Programme provides lifelong management for all cochlear implant  recipients residing in the Republic of Ireland. 

The Cochlear Implant Programme is completely publicly  funded  for assessment, surgical intervention, and all post- operative follow up and management.  Currently, the programme has over 1000 cochlear implant recipients- including individuals transferred from other cochlear implant programmes worldwide- under its care. This number continues to grow.

What is a Cochlear Implant?

A cochlear implant is a highly sophisticated device which provides access to sound for people with severe to profound hearing loss.  The surgically implanted device, when coupled to an external processor, can provide access to speech and everyday sounds to aid or improve communication abilities. 

To find out if you or your child is potentially suitable for a cochlear implant or to find out more about the assessment process and follow up, refer to the links below.