Hearing Implant Centre referrals

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Referral contacts

Who can refer

Referrals are considered from:

  • ENT consultants
  • audiological physicians
  • scientists and technicians
  • paediatricians
  • speech and language therapists
  • teachers of the deaf
  • GPs.

To proceed with funding, a medical referral is required.

How to refer

To send a referral or request specialist information, please email us using the email address at the top of this page

Adult referral form

Paediatric referral forms

Referral criteria

Hearing implant referral criteriaCochlear implant (CI)

  • pure tone average >70dBHL at .5, 1, 2, 4kHz or > 90dBHL at 2 and 4 kHz
  • limited benefit from wearing hearing aids
  • children: do not wait for speech / language delay
  • congenital, acquired, progressive, sudden onset.

Auditory brainstem implant (ABI)

  • Hearing implant referral criteriaunsuitable for CI
  • non-neurofibromatosis type 2
  • cochlear nerve aplasia
  • cochlear obliteration (ostosclerosis, ossification)
  • cochlear nerve avulasion (skull base fracture).

Electric-acoustic stimulation (EAS)

  • Hearing implant referral criteriaair conduction (AC) thresholds within shaded area
  • stable sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL)
  • no air-borne gap >15dBHL
  • limited benefit from hearing aids
  • no external ear contraindications to wearing an earmould.

Middle ear implant (MEI)

  • Hearing implant referral criteriaSNHL (AC thresholds within orange shaded area) or mixed/CHL (BC thresholds within brown outline)
  • stable hearing loss
  • inability to wear conventional hearing aids due to medical reasons (eg chronic otitis media, psoriasis, congenital malformations of ear canal/pinna, allergies, exostoses, furunculosis, etc)
  • no retrocochlear or central auditory 

Bone conduction implants (BCI)

  • Hearing implant referral criteriabone conduction thresholds within green area
  • inability to wear conventional hearing aids (eg chronic otitis media or otitis externa, congenital malformations, otosclerosis, recurrent ear infections due to hearing aid usage)
  • unilateral profound SNHL, with normal BC thresholds in the better hearing ear.