Auditory Implant Service

Clinical Placements

We offer clinical placements, for audiologists, at USAIS. This gives the opportunity to work as part of our dynamic multi-disciplinary team, while acquiring clinical skills. These placements, open to UK graduates working in the field of cochlear implants or a related area, are extremely popular and thus competitive.

The placements are 12 weeks long. The trainee is assigned to a mentor and the training includes:

  • Assessment for cochlear implantation
  • Tuning and activation of Cochlear devices (both paediatric and adult)
  • Desk side training for those with an Audiology background in the devices of Cochlear, Advanced Bionics and MED-EL. One primary device is selected, alongside a secondary one.
  • Opportunities to observe other members of the cochlear implant team
  • Rehabilitation following implantation
  • Team decision making about potential candidates
  • Access to USAIS protocols and procedures
  • Observation of clinical workshops for patients and team meetings

Completion of the placement does not mean that the trainee is an ‘expert’ in the field, but rather that he/she have had introductory training to the field, unless otherwise specified.

The cost of a 12 week clinical placement is £4250 with a 10% discount for University of Southampton graduates. Prices are subject to change.
A shorter one week placement to observe our team may also be possible at a charge of £500.

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 Meet our most recent clinical placements

Manal Ibrahim

Manal Alibrahim (Saudi Arabia)

I greatly enjoyed my 12 week clinical placement at the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service. Dr. Nicci Campbell, my mentor, is one of the most inspiring of teachers I’ve ever met. I was very impressed with the amount of information and clinical skills I acquired. By the end of the placement I was able to see patients independently and felt comfortable in my knowledge and skills. This training was challenging, stimulating and inspiring. It was a wonderful opportunity for which I am most grateful.

Luming

Luming Duan (Canada)

I had a wonderful time during my clinical placement at the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service. There are many things I love about this clinic. The clinic is part of the University and has a number of staff serving as faculty members. As a result there is always on-going research and we have access to the latest research findings and technological developments. The work dynamic is robust, energetic, professional, and intellectually stimulating. Everyone is eager to help and teach. My clinical supervisor Devyanee has been a joy to work with and her enthusiasm for the field is infectious. I had hands on clinic time almost everyday since my arrival. It was a steep learning curve and cases are not always straight forward but by the end of the 12 weeks I feel confident in assessing, tuning and counselling patients. It has been a lovely experience and I will miss my time here.

 

Chermaine with young child

Chermaine Teo (Singapore)

I found my clinical placement at USAIS to be one of the most valuable experiences of my audiology studies and further training. USAIS has an excellent patient care service and is a world leader.  I learnt so much from the hands-on training offered to me.  Observing the interdisciplinary team interactions, monthly meetings as well as the different counselling styles of speech therapists and hearing therapists has been invaluable. My current job requires me to travel to developing parts of South-East Asia where there are no audiologists or speech therapists. Sometimes there is a lack of a proper clinic facilities or the CI technology is old but I am happy to report that I am contributing to developing services and the CI patients outcomes are good.  The Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons have been impressed by the way I communicate with patients. They have even joined me in patient appointments to observe how I interact with patients. I can highly recommend a clinical placement at USAIS. I left USAIS a better audiologist – and a grateful, happy and confident person!