Frequently Asked Questions


What does the acronym CICADA stand for?

Cochlear Implant Club and ADvisory Association.


What is a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant (Bionic Ear) is an artificial hearing device, designed to produce useful hearing sensations by stimulating nerves inside the inner ear.

The present day multi-channel implants consist of 2 main components:

  1. The cochlear implant package and electrode array (or receiver stimulator)
  2. The sound processor and headset

All the internal parts are placed under the patient’s skin, behind the ear, during the implant operation. The implant package (or receiver-stimulator) contains the circuits that send electrical impulses into the ear.

The other parts of the implant system are worn externally. There are no plugs or wires connecting the internal and external components. The coil is held in position against the skin by a magnet and the microphone is worn behind the ear.

Source: Cochlear Limited 04/07/2007


What can a cochlear implant can do?

  • Improve your quality of life
  • Give you confidence
  • Give you independence
  • Assist with speech reading
  • Help you hear music
  • Help you hear on the phone


How many cochlear recipients are there?

  • In Australia – over 13,000
  • In Queensland – over 2,000
  • Worldwide – over 400,000

Source: Cochlear Limited, 18 July 2013.


What can CICADA Queensland offer?

  • Support, up-to-date information and encouragement.
  • Members’ subscription/access to our quarterly newsletter, ‘ CHORUS ‘ magazine.
  • Social gatherings, including up to 5 picnics per year, and monthly morning teas.
  • Contact with implantees who are in a similar situation to your own.
  • Information to guide you to relevant ENT / health professionals.
  • Warnings about hazards such as umbrellas!
  • A CI battery service at a discounted price to members.


Who can join CICADA Queensland?

People of all ages – you don’t have to be an implantee, and you don’t have to have a hearing loss!

Membership is currently $20 ($30 for family membership), and includes the ‘CHORUS’ newsletter that is distributed to persons all over Queensland, Australia and overseas.

Newsletter contributions are always welcome; please send your submissions to the CICADA Queensland Secretary or Editor.