Implantable devices

An implantable device is a reliable and effective treatment for people with severe-to-profound hearing loss. Australian Hearing does not perform evaluation and surgery for implantable devices, however it provides extensive information and support for eligible people.

An implantable device may be is a reliable and effective option for some hearing losses. There are two types of Implantable devices:

Cochlear Implants

Australian Hearing does not perform cochlear implant evaluation and surgery, but we have a close relationship with cochlear implant clinics around Australia and provide a number of support services:
 

  • Maintenance and replacement parts. Australian Hearing covers the cost of speech processor repairs and replacement parts for all clients who are eligible for the Australian Government Hearing Services Program.
  • Speech processor upgrades and replacements (this program is available only to eligible clients under 26 years of age).
  • Australian Hearing also provides a number of other services for cochlear implantees including hearing tests and hearing aid fitting for the ear that does not use a cochlear implant, FM systems when clinically indicated and communication training for adult clients.

Bone Conduction Devices

Where an individual has a unilateral or bilateral conductive hearing loss and medically unable to use an air conduction hearing aid, a bone conduction hearing aid may be an option. There are both surgical and non-surgical options with bone conduction devices and Australian Hearing is able to provide bone conduction devices to eligible individuals. Your audiologist will be able to provide you with more information.