Patients will be required to sign an informed consent prior to completion of the surgery. In general, patients are admitted to the hospital the morning of their surgery. The surgery generally takes 2 to 3 hours to complete, and involves placement of the cochlear implant internal component behind the ear, underneath the skin.

Patients will have a large bandage on their ear and around their head when they awake. The bandage will be fairly tight in an attempt to help to keep the swelling down. Children are kept in recovery for a period of time and are often released the same day as their surgery. Depending on their age and health, adults may be admitted to hospital after surgery for overnight observation.

The main risks with cochlear implant surgery are:

  1. anaesthesia
  2. facial nerve paralysis
  3. balance difficulties
  4. numbness of the face
  5. tinnitus
  6. change in the taste sensation
  7. meningitis

Disclaimer: Note that this is not an exhaustive list of the risks that may be associated with cochlear implantation.