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Cochlear Implants for children

Cochlear implants can be a successful hearing device option for children with a significant hearing loss. It is important that children have access to the sounds of speech from a young age, to enable speech and language to develop optimally.

The Cochlear Implant Clinic works with approximately 40 young children and their families each year. We offer a comprehensive assessment process to determine whether a child would benefit from one or two cochlear implants, as well as offering our Early Listening Programme to enable children to get the most out of hearing with their cochlear implant.

The Early Listening Programme is collaboration between the families of pre-school aged children and their cochlear implant clinic professional. The programme is designed to assist in the education of families to promote optimal listening development through their young child’s cochlear implant.
The program aims to:

  • Provide a support service that will enable parents and caregivers to achieve optimal hearing device use and  development of early listening and spoken communication skills
  • Promote the parent/caregiver as the facilitator of their child’s listening development
  • Provide a consistent, assessment and goal-based approach in regards to provision of services
  • Provide realistic expectations and goals that are achievable for the individual child and family
  • Ensure equal access to a programme focusing on development of listening skills for all families with a child using a cochlear implant.

Individual sessions are provided by speech pathologists and audiologists for pre-school aged children and their parents.  
These sessions include:  

  • cochlear implant programming (“Mapping”)
  • modelling of learning-to-listen techniques
  • information counselling
  • assessment of progress in the development of early communication skills and liaison with early intervention provider(s).

Sessions will commence as appropriate following the initial consultation.