Cochlear Implants

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What is a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant is an electronic device designed to provide sound information directly to the hearing nerve. It is used when conventional hearing aids cannot give sufficient access to sound. 

This video describes a cochlear implant and how it works:

 

Is a cochlear implant right for me?

Your GP, audiologist or ENT consultant will be able to tell you if your hearing loss is appropriate for referral to a cochlear implant programme and will arrange the referral. They will refer to guidelines published by NICE.

You can view the NICE Guidance here.

Once referred, a multidisciplinary team of professionals will work with you to carry out a detailed assessment of your hearing and communication needs. This will help to establish if cochlear implantation is right for you

Assessment and surgery

This video shows the assessment process and talks about the operation:

 

Programming and support

Initial programming takes place 4 weeks after the operation. It takes time to get used to listening with a cochlear implant but wearing it all the time and practising helps. You will receive ongoing support from our team of professionals. 

This video explains how we program a cochlear implant and the support available:

 

Where we are based

This video explains what part of each process is carried out where, both before and after the operation.