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Cochlear Implant Program

How to apply

Parents Please Note

Parents may apply to the Cochlear Implant Program directly. This information is intended to make the investigation of your child's candidacy for a cochlear implant run smoothly. This investigation is a very thorough procedure. We look at many aspects of your child's audiological (hearing), medical, and educational history, as well as current family situation. Applying for an implant for your child DOES NOT mean that the child will receive an implant. If at any time during the series of assessments it becomes clear that a cochlear implant would not be the best option for your child, we will share this information with you and discuss other possible options. In addition, you and your child may withdraw from the program at any time if you feel that a cochlear implant is no longer an option you wish to pursue.

To Apply To The Cochlear Implant Program:

Please print out the following questionnaire (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the questionnaire. If you do not have this program, you may download it from the Adobe Web site.)

Mail the completed questionnaire to:
Cochlear Implant Program Secretary
Room 6184, 6th Floor Elm Wing
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 1X8

You may also fax it to (416) 813-5036. If you have any questions about the application form, please contact Gina Sohn at 416-813-7259 or gina.goulding@sickkids.ca.

Once the questionnaire has been received, the Cochlear Implant Program Secretary will contact you to book an appointment. If you have not heard from the secretary in two weeks, please feel free to contact her directly at 416-813-7259 or patricia.fuller@sickkids.ca. See the section below on what to bring to your first appointment.

Cochlear Implant Program Secretary
Room 6184, 6th Floor Elm Wing
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 1X8
or fax it to 416-813-5036.

The First Appointment

Please bring the following items to your appointment:

  • your child
  • your child's VALID health card
  • completed Cochlear Implant Program Questionnaire (this may have been mailed to you, or may have been printed from this Web site)

You will meet with an audiologist (hearing specialist) who will do a hearing test on your child to assess your child's hearing. You may also meet with the ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon (this appointment sometimes happens at a later date). See the Assessment Process page for details on other appointments that will be necessary over the next few months.

Directions to The Hospital for Sick Children

  • The Hospital for Sick Children is located at 555 University Avenue, at the corner of University Avenue and Elm St. Click  for a map to the hospital.
  • Parking is available in an underground parking lot at The Hospital for Sick Children. The entrance is located on Elm St. on the south side of the hospital. There is also an indoor parking lot located just outside the hospital at 77 Elm Street (at Elm Street and Elizabeth Street). Wheelchair parking is available at both these lots.
  • Remember to bring your parking stub to the Cochlear Implant Clinic to be stamped in order to get the reduced parking rate.
  • By TTC, exit at the St. Patrick subway station (on the University line) and walk north on University Avenue. The hospital is just past Elm St.

How to get to the Cochlear Implant Program

  • The Cochlear Implant Program is located on the 6th floor of the Elm Wing. Take the Elm Wing elevators to the 6th floor and go through the double doors of the ENT clinic. Please check in at room 6184.