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Cochlear Implant Program

What we do

The Cochlear Implant Program began at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in 1990. To date, almost 1500 children with severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing losses have received cochlear implants at SickKids. 

The cochlear implant team consists of 3 otolaryngologists, six audiologists, two auditory-verbal therapists/habilitationists, a speech language pathologist, a clinic nurse, a social worker, a PhD research audiologist, and an administrative assistant. 

We also have a close association with Archie's Lab at SickKids. This laboratory conducts research on plasticity and development of the auditory system. We have also developed a facility to explore psychoacoustics (the science of how people interpret sound) in children with cochlear implants.

For information on our candidacy criteria and how to apply to the Cochlear Implant program:

Criteria for Implantation
How to apply

For information on the assessment process:

Assessment Process
The Surgery

For information on post-implant appointments:

Turning the implant on
Appointments after surgery