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Step 2: What do I bring to the first appointment?

Please allow at least one hour for the initial discussion appointment, unless your appointment letter states otherwise. Following this appointment, a decision will be made about whether to book further evaluation appointments. This evaluation process could take two to six months on average for adults, and varies for children.

At your first appointment, an audiologist or speech pathologist will discuss aspects of your / your child’s hearing loss, hearing needs and the options for improving hearing. This may include; information about cochlear implants and other implantable devices and/or surgeries if appropriate.  

To help with this discussion, please bring with you:

  • any hearing aids or devices that you use
  • a copy of any previous audiology results that you may have
  • for children, copies of any recent speech or language assessments or educational reports.

There is no charge for most appointments if you have a valid Medicare card and are willing for us to bill Medicare (or the Department of Veterans Affairs). Please provide the following for us to be able to do this:

  • an indefinite referral from your GP or local doctor, marked attention to “Mr Robert Briggs, Cochlear Implant Clinic”
  • your Medicare or DVA card.

If you are an overseas patient and do not have a Medicare card, fees do apply for each appointment.