To take a broad view of cochlear implant treatment, the process begins with thorough testing. It’s essential that we compile a full audiological profile. If deemed a suitable candidate, we’ll refer you to an ENT surgeon at Cambridge’s Spire Hospital. Following further surgical assessments, the procedure can be booked.
You’ll receive a detailed breakdown of how the implant works, the procedure, and the rehabilitation process long before this happens. But we’ll be on-hand to offer regular support.
The operation is performed under general anaesthetic, taking roughly an hour. It’s typical for patients to be discharged later the same day.
One month after surgery, you’ll return to our clinic, where one of our experienced audiologists will fit the processor and switch the device on. You’ll begin hearing immediately, but some time is often required for the brain to begin processing these sounds as normal. Weekly follow-up visits are scheduled through the following month, ensuring you’re comfortable with the experience, and to start working on the aural rehabilitation programme. You will also be given home exercises, to help you adapt more effectively.
When this month is through, you should be experiencing positive results. We’ll continue to offer support, with twice-yearly check-ups, ensuring the cochlear implant is performing optimally.