In early 1993, the Division of Otorhinolaryngology, Department of Surgery of CUHK, subsidized surgeons, speech therapists and audiologists of the Prince of Wales Hospital to receive training in Australia.

Our professionals also visited renowned institutions in many parts of the world, such as Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom to explore the feasibility and resources to be incurred in developing a Cochlear Implant Programme.

In July 1996, the Cochlear Implant Centre was officially established at the Prince of Wales Hospital with a patient resource centre to serve cochlear implantees. The Programme can be divided into three stages:

Stage 1: Pre-operative assessments and tests
Stage 2: Surgery which takes two to three hours
Stage 3: Post-operative training (Adults need six months to one year, while, children require two years.)

All three stages are equally important to the success of the Programme. As at the fourth quarter of the year 2004, over 150 patients have received cochlear implant surgeries in our hospital.