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Hearing Implants Adults (Audiology) - Concurrent ENT Referral Required


Minimum Referral Criteria

  • Category 1
    (appointment within 30 calendar days)
    • Predominantly severe to profound sensorineural hearing that is:
      • recent sudden onset
      • associated with recent history of meningitis
    • Patient also has significant / deteriorating visual impairment
  • Category 2
    (appointment within 90 calendar days)
    • Predominantly severe to profound sensorineural hearing and:
      • limited or no benefit from wearing hearing aids
      • hearing loss may be acquired, progressive, congenital
  • Category 3
    (appointment within 365 calendar days)
    • Chronic mixed or conductive hearing loss
    • Unable for medical reasons to use a conventional Air Conduction (AC) hearing aids bilaterally (e.g. conditions such microtia/ atresia, skin conditions, chronic supportive otitis media).

1. Reason for request Indicate on the referral

  • To establish a diagnosis
  • For treatment or intervention
  • For advice and management
  • For specialist to take over management
  • Reassurance for GP/second opinion
  • For a specified test/investigation the GP can't order, or the patient can't afford or access
  • Reassurance for the patient/family
  • For other reason (e.g. rapidly accelerating disease progression)
  • Clinical judgement indicates a referral for specialist review is necessary

2. Essential referral information Referral will be returned without this

  • History and aetiology of hearing loss
  • Hearing aid history if applicable
  • Previous audiogram(s)
  • Concurrent ENT referral is required for CI candidacy assessment

3. Additional referral information Useful for processing the referral

  • MRI (brain/ cranial nerves) or CT (Temporal Bones) results if previously performed
  • Difficulties/limitations of hearing aid trial
  • Results of aetiological investigations
  • Additional and relevant diagnosis, disabilities and medical issue
  • History of skin conditions if applicable

4. Request

Last updated: 13 June 2023