Potential candidates are introduced to the program through the audiologists who also provide pre and post implant assessments, counselling, and programming of the speech processor. The audiologist also consults with educators and other professionals.
The patient and family also meet with the cochlear implant surgeon to ensure that there are no medical reasons to deny surgery. The surgeon also follows any medical concerns post-operatively.
The social worker assesses and counsels the patient and/or family regarding the psychosocial effects of deafness and the cochlear implant, which may include ensuring appropriate supports are in place.