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 undertaken for all children who have had an implant previously. If you require further information please contact us.

Adults are currently only been offered bilateral implantation if they have dual sensory impairment i.e. have visual failure.
The question of bilateral implantation in adults was reviewed by NICE in spring 2011. The current situation is to leave things as they are. In order to evaluate the clinical and cost benefits of bilateral CI in adults would have to be via clinical trials.