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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 1100 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 have a close association with Archie's Lab at Sick Kids. 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.

A History of the Cochlear Implant Program at SickKids

For information on our candidacy criteria and how to apply to the 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

For information about the Cochlear Implant Program:

Program News
Upcoming Events