An implantable device may be a reliable and effective option for some hearing losses. There are two types of Implantable devices - Cochlear Implants and Bone Conduction:
Hearing Australia 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. Hearing Australia 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).
Hearing Australia 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 Hearing Australia is able to provide bone conduction devices to eligible individuals. Your audiologist will be able to provide you with more information.