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Our cochlear implant clinic fits and manages devices for people with significant hearing loss.
Cochlear implant clinic
The cochlear implant clinic, has pioneered and led the world in cochlear implant research and clinical practice since 1985.
Our multi-disciplinary team provide support for people who want to improve their hearing and communication with an implantable technology.
The key services provided by the cochlear implant clinic include:
cochlear implant and bone conduction implant candidacy evaluation
post-operative management and care.
A cochlear implant may be an option for improving hearing and communication if a person who uses hearing aids reports:
reduced clarity when listening to people speak
relying on lip-reading or visual cues
difficulty communicating on the phone
difficulty participating in social occasions.
A bone conduction implant may improve hearing and communication if a person has:
a conductive hearing loss in at least one ear
ongoing ear infections that prevent them from wearing a conventional hearing aid
single sided deafness – a profound hearing loss in one ear and (near) normal hearing in the other ear.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at the appointment?
At the appointment you will meet your specialist doctor. They will:
talk to you about your medical history and your symptoms
answer any questions that you have
conduct an examination, if needed
refer you for blood tests, an x-ray, CT scan or a lung function test, if relevant.
Who will you meet?
You may meet a range of specialist and support staff when you come to the Eye and Ear.
Administrative staff: You will be met and checked in by our professional administrative staff. They can help answer your questions you have and direct you to the facilities you may need.
Audiologists: Allied health professionals who assess, prevent and manage hearing and balance disorders.
Otologists: A medical specialist focusing on issues related to the ear.
What should you bring?
your Medicare card
your pension, social security, veteran affairs or private health insurance cards, if relevant
your medications in their original containers
If you are having tests, you may be required to remove some of your clothing. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that you can remove easily.
How long does it take?
Allow at least two hours for your visit.
If additional testing is needed you will be at the hospital for longer.
Can someone come with you?
Yes. You may bring someone with you, but due to limited seating please only bring one person.
Can you have an interpreter?
Yes. Interpreters are available to everyone who needs them. Find out more about
booking an interpreter.
How do you get here and where can you stay?
We can provide information and advice on accommodation in the local area and
transport support services to and from the hospital.
Where should you go when you arrive?
The cochlear implant clinic is located at:
Level six of the Smorgon Family Wing (Green Wing)
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital,
32 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne, Australia.
Please go to reception when you arrive.
Find out more about how to get here.
How can you change your appointment?
If you need to change your appointment, call us on (03) 9929 8500, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm.
Information for Health Professional
We welcome referrals from all health care professionals. Please click
here to find out more information on cochlear implants and for further information on referring a patient. If you would like to self-refer, please get in touch with our team, in order to get more information on how to arrange an appointment at the Cochlear Implant Clinic. , Contact Us
If you have any questions about your appointment please contact the Cochlear Implant Clinic:
Cochlear Implant Clinic6th Floor, Smorgon Family Wing
32 Gisborne Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Ph: 03 9929 8624
Fax: (03) 9929 8625