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Cochlear implant assessment

How Hearing Services are here for you during this assessment phase

Your child has been referred for an assessment for a cochlear implant, but it is important you still attend all their hearing services appointments.

Why do I need to attend Hearing Services now my child has been referred?

The referral is for an assessment so we need to manage your child’s hearing loss with hearing aids until a decision is made.

Part of the assessment for cochlear implants is checking how your child is hearing with hearing aids. It is very important that the hearing aids are being worn all day, every day even if you do not notice any benefits.

At your child’s hearing aid review appointment we will:

  • test your child’s hearing
  • check how the hearing aids are programmed
  • re-programme the hearing aids if needed
  • check how your child responds wearing the hearing aids

Your child may need to attend ear, nose and throat (ENT) appointments at Sheffield Children’s Hospital to talk about the cochlear implant surgery.

Some of the medical assessments will also happen at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

What information is being shared during this assessment phase?

There will be regular team meetings discussing your child’s case with audiologists, paediatrician, teachers of the deaf, speech therapists and ENT consultants.

All results from your appointment will be sent to the cochlear implant centre to help with the assessment.

When should I contact the department for help?

You should get in touch with us if:

  • the hearing aid stops working, and a replacement battery does not help
  • you lose the hearing aid
  • your child complains that the hearing aid sounds different
  • you notice your child’s responses to sounds changes even when wearing the hearing aids
  • the hearing aid is whistling when in the ear
  • you require new batteries
  • you have any other problems or questions

Hearing aid and battery safety

Keep cochlear implants safe in the box provided when not in use.

Batteries can be harmful if swallowed. Keep them out of reach of young children.

Please dispose of used batteries safely, either at a battery recycling point or bring them back to the department.

Contact us

Workshop for requesting new batteries: 0114 271 7462

Audiologists office for advice and questions: 0114 271 7454

Reception to book an appointment: 0114 271 7450

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: AUD23

Resource Type: Article

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Useful telephone numbers:

Workshop : 01142717462

  • Requesting new batteries

Audiologist office : 0114271454

  • Advice of questions

Reception: 01142717450

  • To book an appointment


Western Bank
S10 2TH

United Kingdom

Switchboard: 0114 271 7000

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