Single sided deafness in children and adults – Why Cochlear Implant?

This seminar is intended for professionals and all others who are interested in single sided deafness.


  • Wednesday, 21 June, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Course Information

This seminar is intended for professionals and all others who are interested in single sided deafness. Latest research on the role of a cochlear implant for children and adults will be presented. Post surgical management including the rehabilitation will be described and demonstrated. The SCIC clincial protocol will be discussed in view of global guidelines. Finally, case studies that highlight the importance for tailoring peoples hearing needs when considering CI.


  • Dr Dayse Tavora
    Dr Dayse Tavora completed her PhD on cochlear implant, unilateral deafness and brain plasticity at the School of Surgery, University of Western Australia (WA) and obtained her Doctorate at the University of Florida, USA. Dayse has over 10 years of experience across three continents in the areas of diagnostic audiology and hearing implant.  She is the Audiology Professional Lead at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in WA and faculty member at the University of Western Australia. Her main research interest is focused on cortical activity and brain plasticity after hearing implantation.
    Publications List

    International Journal Article – Referee

    (22) Van de Heyning, P., Távora-Vieira, D., Mertns, G., et al. (2017). Towards a Unified Testing Framework for Single-Sided Deafness Studies: A Consensus Paper. Audio Neurotol, DOI: 10.1159/000455058.
    (21) Távora-Vieira, D., Rajan, G.P. (2016). Cochlear implantation in children with congenital unilateral deafness: Mid-term follow-up outcomes, European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck diseases.
    (20) Távora-Vieira, D., Marino, R., Acharya, A.N., Rajan, G.P. (2016). Cochlear implantation in adults with unilateral deafness: A review of the assessment/evaluation protocols, Cochlear Implants International, DOI: 10.1080/14670100.2016.1176303
    (19) Acharya, A.N.; Távora-Vieira, D., Rajan, G.P. (2016). Using the Implant Electrode Array to Conduct Real-time Intraoperative Hearing Monitoring During Pediatric Cochlear Implantation: Preliminary Experiences. Otol Neurotol. 37(2): e148-53. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000000950.
    (18) Távora-Vieira, D. & Miller, S. (2015). The Benefits of Using RONDO and an In-The-Ear Hearing Aid in Patients Using a Combined Electric-Acoustic System. Advances in Otolaryngology. Volune 2015, Article 941230.
    (17) Gavilan, J., Adunka, O., Agrawal, S. […] Távora-Vieira, D. […]. (2015). Quality standards for bone conduction implants. Acta Otolaryngol. 135(12):1277-85.
    (16) Marino, R., Lampacher, P., Dittrich, G., Távora-Vieira, D., Kuthubutheen, J., Rajan, G.P. (2015). Does Coupling and Positioning in Vibroplasty Matter? A Prospective Cohort Study. Otol Neurotol. 36(7):1223-30.
    (15) Acharya, A.N., Coates, H., Távora-Vieira, D., Rajan, G.P. (2015). A pilot study investigation basic fibroblast growth factor for the repair of chronic tympanic membrane perforations in pediatric patients. Int. J Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 79: 332-335.
    (14) Távora-Vieira, D. & Rajan, G.P. (2015). Cochlear Implantation in children with congenital and noncongenital unilateral deafness: a case series. Otol Neurotol 36(2): 235-239.
    (13) Távora-Vieira, D., Marino, R., Acharya, A., Rajan, G.P. (2015) The impact of cochlear implantation on speech understanding, subjective hearing performance, and tinnitus suppression in patients with severe to profound hearing loss. Otol Neurotol 36(3): 430-436.
    (12) Távora-Vieira, D, De Ceuler, G., Govaerts, P.J., Rajan, G.P. (2014). Cochlear Implantation Improves Localization Ability in patient with Unilateral Deafness. Ear Hear. [Epub ahead of print] PMID 25474416.
    (11) Távora-Vieira, D. & Rajan, G.P. (2014). Assessment of Fine Structure Processing Strategies in unilateral deafened Cochlear Implant Users. Int J Otolaryngol Head Neck Sur 3:347-353.
    (10) Vaerenberg, B., Smits, C., De Ceulaer, G.… Távora-Vieira, D., Mancini, P., Cullington, H., Ng, A.H.C., Walkowiak, A., Shapiro, W. H., Govaerts, P. (2014). Cochlear Implant Programming: A Global Survey on the State of the Art. The Scientific World Journal.
    (09) Távora-Vieira, D., Boisvert, I., McMahon, C.M., Maric, V., Rajan, G.P. (2013). Successful outcomes of cochlear implantation in long-term unilateral deafness: brain plasticity? Neuroreport 24(13): 724-9.
    (08) Távora-Vieira, D., & Miller, S. (2013). Herpes Simplex meningo-encephalitis following cochlear implantation – a case study. Cochlear Implant Int. Sept 14.
    (07) Marino, R., Távora-Vieira, D. Rajan, G. (2013). Tinnitus and Quality of Life After Round Window Vibroplasty. Int Tinnitus Journal.
    (06) Távora-Vieira, D., Marino, R., Krishnaswamy, Kuthubutheen, J., Rajan, G. (2013). Cochlear implantation for Unilateral Deafness with and without Tinnitus: A Case Series. The Laryngoscope, 123(5): 1251-1255.
    (05) Távora-Vieira, D. & Rodrigues, S. (2013) The use of Nucleus CI422 in a ski-slope high frequency hearing loss and chronic external ear pathology – a case report. Cochlear Implant International.
    (04) Távora-Vieira, D. & Miller, S. (2012) Misdiagnosis of otosclerosis in a patient with enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 6: 178.
    (03) McNeill, C., Távora-Vieira, D., Alnafjan, F., Searchfield, G., & Welch, D. (2012) Tinnitus pitch, masking, and the effectiveness of hearing aids for tinnitus therapy. Int J Audiology, 51(12): 914-9.
    (02) Távora-Vieira, D., Eikelboom, R.H., Ivey, G.E. & Miller, S. (2011) A Multi-centre Study on the Long-term Benefits of Tinnitus Management using Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment. Int Tinnitus Journal, 16(2): 111-117.
    (01) Távora-Vieira, D., Eikelboom, R.H & Miller, S. (2011) Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment in Patients with Significant Levels of Hearing Loss – an adaptation of the protocol. Int J Audiology, 50(12): 881-886.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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