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.


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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...]

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 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...]


An adult considering a cochlear implant will first be referred to the Cochlear Implant Surgeon by either their General Practitioner or as a subsequent referral by their local ENT Consultant. There are certain factors which must be considered before a adult is referred to us as a suitable … [Read more...]