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Our multi-disciplinary team consists of a highly qualified and dedicated group of surgeons, audiologists, speech pathologists, and administration support.  We also have links throughout the hospital to additional support services including but not limited to interpreting, social work, radiology and pre-anaesthetic assessment.

Our core team of clinicians and surgeons meet weekly to ensure there is case co-ordination and a team consensus on the clinical recommendations for each patient and to work together to assist people who have a significant hearing loss in finding suitable options for improving their hearing.

The Melbourne Cochlear Implant Clinic, located at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, has played a key role in pioneering and leading the world in cochlear implants since 1978.

In 1978, for the first time in Australia, a multi-channel cochlear implant was used to produce hearing sensations in a totally deaf adult. This event was a milestone for Professor Graeme Clark and his team of researchers at The University of Melbourne and the Eye and Ear. The prototype multi-channel cochlear implant produced hearing sensations by stimulating nerves inside the inner ear with electrical pulses.  Whilst sound reproduction with the prototype implant was basic, the first patient was happy to hear again after two years of silence.

Since the early 1980’s, more than 3,000 adults and children with a hearing impairment have been treated through the Cochlear Implant Clinic at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. The experience gained during this time has helped us to develop techniques and protocols for assessing and advising people with a significant hearing loss. With an ongoing commitment to clinical research and continuous improvement, the Cochlear Implant Clinic at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has always been considered one of the most prestigious cochlear implant clinics in the world and is continuously expanding.

Two teenagers with Cochlear Implants playing guitars

                                                                             Image courtesy of Cochlear Ltd