Questions for your surgeon

Although hearing implant surgery is a routine operation, it’s important to be prepared for it. Here's what you need to know to talk through the procedure with your surgeon.

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What you’ll find on this page

  • Questions about the surgery and recovery

  • Questions about hearing outcomes

  • Questions about surgery day

See how Meryl’s life was changed with her Baha® Implant and how a small amount of work gave her a big result.

“The day I had my surgery, I was out of hospital at 10:30am and in the afternoon, I was with my son at his school.”

- Meryl B. - Baha® recipient

Here are some questions to ask your surgeon to make sure you have all the information you need to feel confident going forward. The questions can be easily adapted if you are the parent of a child about to have surgery.

Questions about surgery

  1. What are the risks/complications of surgery?

  2. Will you shave my hair?

  3. Where will you make the incision?

  4. Is the surgery painful?

  5. How long will the surgery take?

  6. Do I have to stay in the hospital overnight?

  7. Will there be swelling? 

  8. What will I look like when I come out of surgery? Will I have a bandage, etc.?

  9. How long is recovery?

  10. What does the recovery process look like?

Questions about hearing outcomes

  1. Will I be able to hear immediately after the 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?

Questions about surgery day logistics

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

  2. What time do I need to arrive?

  3. What do I need to wear?

  4. What do I need to bring with me?

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

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Views expressed by Cochlear recipients and hearing health providers are those of the individual. Consult your hearing health provider to determine if you are a candidate for cochlear technology and to understand the associated risks and benefits. Individual results may vary.

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