SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COCHLEAR IMPLANT CENTRE (SACIC)
The SACIC is South Australia’s first fully independent, private hearing implant clinic and South Australia’s largest hearing implant service with more than 600 recipients under our care. SACIC is supported by South Australia’s most experienced hearing implant team of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeons and Audiologists, who have been involved in providing hearing implant services to the South Australian community since the mid-1980’s.
SACIC was established in 2004 to provide a professional, personal, responsive and accessible hearing implant and rehabilitation service for people with significant hearing loss. SACIC provides a comprehensive and seamless range of services including assessment, surgery, rehabilitation and a lifetime of support. At SACIC we work collaboratively to understand a person’s hearing needs and believe in the ability of hearing implant technology to help people hear better and remain engaged with life.
SACIC will begin visiting Port Lincoln in 2017. Our centre is structured to provide private cochlear implantation services to adults only. [Public cochlear implantation services for adults are available through the Flinders Medical Centre. Children’s cochlear implantation services are available through the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.]
WHAT IS A COCHLEAR IMPLANT?
A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device for the hearing-impaired. It is the first implantable technology able to restore a human sense – hearing. Unlike a hearing aid that amplifies sound to make it loud enough for an impaired ear, a cochlear implant bypasses the damaged area and sends sound signals directly to the auditory nerve.
WHEN IS A COCHLEAR IMPLANT CONSIDERED?
A cochlear implant may benefit people who have a moderate to profound sensori-neural, or inner ear, hearing loss, particularly when conventional hearing aids no longer provide good understanding of speech. Such people may include those with a progressive or sudden hearing loss.
HOW TO BE REFERRED?
To obtain an initial audiological assessment you may self refer or be referred by your General Practitioner or Hearing Aid Provider. However part of the assessment will involve seeing one of our surgeons for which you will need a referral from your General Practitioner to access Medicare rebates. In this case we are happy to forward all relevant information to your doctor to enable you to discuss it with them.
Address: Unit 10, 202 Glen Osmond Road, FULLARTON SA 5063(08) 8379 4500