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 (CI) Programme is comprised of a multidiciplinary team of highly trained and qualified professionals specialising in deafness, including ENT surgeons, audiological scientists, speech and language therapists, teachers of the deaf, psychologists, and administrators. The CI Programme also liaises closely with other specialists including radiologists, geneticists, opthalmologists, interpreters, and social workers to provide a comprehensive patient centred service during the assessment and management of individuals on the programme.
Beaumont Hospital houses both the adult and paediatric programmes. Assessments for CI suitablity are carried out across all age groups, ranging from a few months to 80+ years old, and includes those with complex needs. Following assessment, once an individual is deemed to be a CI candidate and cochlear implant surgical intervention is chosen as the management option by the parent/guardian or patient the CI Programme provides lifelong managment for CI recipients residing in the ROI. This includes individuals transferred from other programmes worldwide.
The programme is completely publically funded and includes assessment, hearing aid fittings, surgical intervention, and all post operative follow up and management. Currently the programme has over 400 cochlear implant recipients under its care and 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.
- Understanding Hearing Loss
- How a Cochlear Implant Works
- Cochlear Implant Assessment
- Post-operative (Re)habilitation
- Referrals & Cost
- Cochlear Implant Team
- Paediatric Information Brochure
- Presentations from Parent Information Day for Bilateral Cochlear Implants, 10 May 2014: