Adult Programme

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Brief overview

Adults may need a cochlear implant if they have problems with progressive deafness – deafness that worsens over time. They may have become socially isolated, struggle to communicate with family, friends and anyone they come into contact with, and/ or if they find it difficult to work or their job is under threat because of their hearing loss. Progressive deafness can occur at any age and may be caused by a genetic condition, an accident or ongoing exposure to noise, perhaps in a factory. Many people start to become deaf as they get older. This is because – like other parts of the body – sometimes the ears are not able to function as well as they used to. A cochlear implant is useful for those with a severe hearing loss and can be useful for adults of any age – from those in their 20s to those in their 80s, or even older.

The Northern Cochlear Implant Trust holds contracts with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education for the Northern Cochlear Implant Programme. Patients eligible for a publicly funded cochlear implant receive services from providers listed below: