Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your questions about CICADA Queensland


What does the acronym CICADA stand for?

Cochlear Implant Club and ADvisory Association.

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.


 

Answers to YOUR QUESTIONS about Cochlear Implants

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.

How do I know a cochlear solution is right for me?

Ask yourself are you having trouble hearing on the phone? Do you struggle to hear in crowded places? Also, if you or your child have moderately severe to profound hearing loss and hearing aids are no longer helping, a cochlear implant could be an effective option for you.

Which sound processor is the right one for you?

The range of sound processors from Cochlear share many of the same features and benefits, but they also have some important differences, giving each processor distinct advantages. Kanso is designed to maximise discretion and comfort, while Nucleus 6 is designed for a feature-rich user experience. Whatever the device you wear, you can be assured that you’re getting the great hearing performance of SmartSound® iQ with SCAN, dual microphone directionality and True Wireless technology.

What factors can effect the benefits of cochlear implants?

It’s important for you to have a realistic expectation of your hearing outcomes. The following factors can have an impact on the benefit of cochlear implants:

  • How long you’ve had hearing loss.
  • How severe your hearing loss is.
  • The condition of your cochlea (inner ear).
  • Other medical conditions.
  • The amount of practise you do with your cochlear implant system.

Recipients and health professionals all agree that practise, patience and perseverance are important. Please talk to your hearing health professional to discuss your hearing needs and expectations.

How much is it? For Nucleus 6 sound processors?

In Australia, public and private funding options are available for people considering cochlear implants. Private Health Insurance that include surgically implanted prostheses cover the cochlear implant device and procedures. Coverage of the surgical procedure and hospital cost depends on the level of coverage.

State governments fund a limited number of Cochlear implants each year and the number varies per state, therefore there may be waiting lists. The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) may cover up to 100% of cost associated with cochlear implants. More information can be found on the DVA website: www.dva.gov.au

Public funding is available in New Zealand through the Ministry of Health, and administered by either the Northern Cochlear Trust, or the Southern Cochlear Trust. For more information please visit their websites: www.ncip.org.nz and www.scip.org.nz

Are upgrades covered?

Upgrades to Nucleus 6 should be considered in order to access the latest hearing technology available. Even though provide health funds are not required to pay for upgrade or replacement sound processors, many health insurance companies provide some coverage. Applications are assessed on a case by case basis so you will need to check with your hearing care professional and your insurer. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may cover your sound processor upgrades and after care maintenance. Further information is available at www.ndis.gov.au

Is there anything specific I should know if I want to travel by air?

Travelling with your cochlear implant can be easy but it’s recommended you plan ahead! If you are travelling by air, you can walk through the metal detectors and full body scanners with your sound processor on. You may want to remove it to avoid hearing a buzzing sound. Your device will not interfere with the plane’s navigations or communications systems so there is no need to turn the device off.

I am travelling by car and won't be able to hear the other passengers. Can you help?

You will be able to hear other passengers in the car with Cochlear’s True Wireless Mini Microphone 2+. You’ll just have to position it in the ideal location.

I am a candidate and have questions. Can I speak to someone at Cochlear?

Absolutely. Just email us at concierge_ausnz@cochlear.com to contact our Concierge. They are here to support people considering getting a Cochlear hearing solution and can answer any further questions you may have.