Due to the COVID-19 situation all routine appointments are cancelled for the foreseeable future.

However, if you require spares or repairs please phone, text or email on yais.helpline@bthft.nhs.uk and we will endeavor to help. Medical emergencies remain the same; ring the main YAIS number and we will help. There is information for an out of hours service on this number also.


Neither YCIS nor their employees will be liable for any loss, damage or inconvenience arising from the use of the information contained on or accessible from this site, including linked information. Users should always check any information before acting or relying upon it. Seek help if you are in … [Read more...]

The Team

Our multidisciplinary team of professionals aim to provide a quality patient centred service. Here is a quick guide to some of the people you may meet and what they do. YAIS/Cochlear Implant  Team Consultant ENT Surgeons Professor C H Raine Consultant ENT Surgeon Mr D R Strachan … [Read more...]

Find Us In Bradford

Here is our address and telephone number to help you find us. We have also included some links to websites that will help you reach us using public transport and by car. The best access is Gate 7 on Smith Lane which is toward the rear of the hospital. Follow the signs and they will lead you to the … [Read more...]

Bradford Royal Infirmary Site

Here is a map of the Bradford Royal Infirmary site. The Listening for Life Centre is number 44 on the Plan and to the right marked in blue. You can download the BRI Site Plan as a PDF. … [Read more...]


The Yorkshire Cochlear Implant Service (YCIS) was established at the Bradford Royal Infirmary in 1990. YCIS has developed nationally recognised programmes for assessing children and adults with severe to profound hearing loss. To date we have successfully completed nearly 900 adult and paediatric … [Read more...]

What Is A Cochlear Implant?

A cochlear implant is a type of hearing aid that turns sound into electrical signals rather than amplifying sound like a conventional hearing aid.  It provides a sensation of hearing by directly stimulating the auditory nerve using the electrical signals, bypassing the inner part of the ear (hair … [Read more...]

Referral Guidelines

Over the years the guidelines for Cochlear Implant assessment have gradually changed.  This is because experience has been gained as well as an in-depth understanding of the importance of assessment and selection.  Plus both the hardware and the software associated with Cochlear Implants have … [Read more...]

Normal Sound?

People often ask if a Cochlear Implant enables people to hear sound normally. Here is some information, a link and an interesting sound file to give you some idea of different levels of hearing achieved with a cochlear implant. An implant produces a perception of sound which differs from "normal" … [Read more...]

How We Hear

The ear can be divided into three main sections, the external, middle and inner ear. Sound waves are collected by the external ear, the pinna, and travel down the ear canal where they make the ear drum vibrate. The movement crosses the middle ear via three tiny bones to the inner ear. In turn the … [Read more...]

Hearing Loss

Hearing normally develops during the first half dozen years of life. If the brain does not receive appropriate stimulation during this time it does not have the subsequent capabilities of hearing. This occurs in congenital or pre-lingual deafness. Depending on which section of the ear that is … [Read more...]