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.

Bilateral Implantation

Following the recent guidelines from NICE it has been shown that bilateral cochlear implantation is both cost and clinically effective for children. If felt clinically appropriate we would potentially offer simultaneous surgery to all new children. There is a current process of review been … [Read more...]

What We Need

We have come a long way in the last three years, together with the support from Bradford Royal Infirmary we have created a centre of excellence. The new Listening For Life Centre which is pivotal for YCIS. We manage the assessment of the young babies, children and adults referred to us with severe … [Read more...]

Sponsor A Plaque Appeal – Just Giving Donations

You can make a donation to the Ear Trust using the Just Giving website. Go to www.justgiving.com/eartrust/donate. This is a secure way of making a donation. It also gives us valuable added Gift Aid if you are a tax payer and allows you tax relief if you are a higher rate Tax payer. Sponsor a … [Read more...]


Joshua Dated: 05/05/2011 Imagine being told that your child is profoundly deaf. What sort of a life will they have? This is what happened to two and a half-year-old Joshua Shaw of Harrogate, YCIS's 500th patient. Joshua, who attends a local nursery school, underwent the cochlear implant … [Read more...]

Listening For Life Appeal

The Ear Trust continues to support YCIS and other units both inside and outside of the hospital. The Trustees would like to thank all who have helped with fund raising. The Listening for Life Appeal has helped us build our new centre. The Ear Trust needs your continued support to buy and maintain … [Read more...]

How You Can Help

Our aim is to raise funds to provide equipment and expertise to maximise the effectiveness of the screening and support programmes. Your generosity can help us to help the deaf in many ways. For example, you could: make gifts of toys which assist with testing - some cost as little as £15 help us … [Read more...]


The diagram below shows how our children improve both their listening skills over time after receiving their cochlear implants. Most children reach identified targets within an expected time scale. Pre-implant the majority of children are not aware of environmental sounds. After 3 years implant use … [Read more...]

Life With A Cochlear Implant

Patients normally make a quick recovery from the operation. When the site of the operation has healed, usually about a month later, the external external parts of the implant are fitted. They will give you good service provided you follow a few simple rules There are limitations on certain … [Read more...]

What is a Cochlear Implant?

A cochlear implant is not the best solution for everyone. So what needs to be considered before you go any further? Does any of this sound like it might apply to your child?  the child should have a "severe / profound" or "profound bilateral sensori-neural" hearing loss the child's … [Read more...]

Assessment (children)

Each child is assessed thoroughly by the multi-disciplinary team working in partnership with local professionals. The stages in the assessment process are explained below. Referrals are accepted from relevant Health Care Professionals. Supporting information is requested from local agencies. An … [Read more...]