Questions for your surgeon

Hearing implant surgery is a routine operation. The best way to feel ready is to talk through the procedure with your surgeon.

What you’ll find on this page

  • One mother's story about her son's surgery experience.
  • Suggested questions to ask about surgery day.
  • Some questions to ask about hearing outcomes.

"In 1987 I was Cochlear’s first commercial paediatric recipient. Growing up with a Cochlear implant meant that even though I was profoundly deaf, I had all the same choices and all the same opportunities as any other child. It has allowed me to attend normal schools. It’s allowed me to attend university. It’s allowed me to pursue a career that I chose... It’s allowed me to live my life the way I wanted to live."

- Holly T, Cochlear™ implant recipient, Australia

Here are some questions to ask your surgeon to help make sure you and your child have all the information you need to feel confident about an implant operation.

Questions about surgery day logistics

  1. Can I get a tour of the hospital in advance?

  2. What time should I arrive?

  3. What should I wear?

  4. What should I bring with me?

  5. Should I avoid eating/drinking before coming in?

Questions about surgery

  1. Do I stay in the hospital overnight?

  2. How long does the surgery take?

  3. Will you shave my hair?

  4. Where will you make the incision?

  5. What will I look like after surgery?

  6. Will there be swelling?

  7. What does the recovery process involve?

  8. How long will recovery take?

  9. What should I do if I experience pain?

  10. Are there any risks I should consider?

Questions about hearing outcomes

  1. Will I be able to hear immediately after my surgery?

  2. How well will I hear?

  3. Will I be able to talk on the phone?

  4. Will I be able to listen to music?


† Holly is an immediate family member of an employee of Cochlear Limited.

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