Cochlear Implant - How to Refer
Referrals to the National Cochlear Implant Programme at Beaumont Hospital are accepted from any medical or healthcare provider. The team requests that all referrals be accompanied by the following:
- Pertinent medical history including any medications being taken regularly
- Diagnoses and/or assessments, other than hearing loss, being currently undertaken
- An up to date audiogram or equivalent (e.g. ABR results)
- Information regarding hearing aids and their usage history
- Contact information for any other medical or healthcare professionals involved in the care of the referred case
Referrals can be addressed to:
Ms. Laura Viani, National Cochlear Implant Programme
Beaumont Road, Dublin 9
Should I request an assessment if I am not sure about having a cochlear implant?
Yes. One of the main purposes of the assessment is to make sure you have all the information you need to make up your own mind. The implant team will discuss everything carefully with you and answer your questions. Even if you are offered an implant, you can still decide not to go ahead. If you or your child is not a suitable candidate, the team will refer you to appropriate service providers for your needs.
How long is the waiting list for an implant?
For children, from referral to initial clinical appointment, the waiting time should be no more than 3 months. For adults, waiting time from referral to initial clinical appointment can be up to 2 years.
Children who are suitable CI candidates typically have their surgery completed approximately 9 months from initial clinical contact. Adults can wait up to 2 years from initial clinical contact before undergoing surgery.
In some special cases the process of initial clinical contact, assessment, and implantation is expedited. These cases would include, but are not limited to, cases of meningitis and visual impairment in addition to hearing loss.
Who pays for the implant?
The Department of Health pays for the full cost of assessment, surgery, cochlear implant system (internal and external device), and follow up management.
The patient/family is responsible for travel costs, accommodation, and hospital fees (e.g. bed charge when admitted to hospital for surgery/tests). Post implantation, the patient/family will need to purchase and supply batteries to power the external processor. The need for batteries will vary depending on the implant and style configuration the recipient is wearing. Additional accessories for the external processor not provided by the CI Programme or spare processors can be purchased by the patient/family.
More information regarding costs incurred will be discussed by the team during the assessment process.