Auditory Implant Service

Patient Workshops


We run a programme of Workshops to help our patients get the best from their Cochlear Implants


This workshop aims to introduce patients to using a telephone, for most, after a break, for some for the first time.  The workshop provides an opportunity to try a range of amplified telephones, discuss strategies, build confidence and have a 1:1 session.  Following on from this, patients can opt for a home-based training programme to build on their initial success and learn to manage telephone calls effectively.


All implant systems are designed to keep up with technology and there are various leads and cables that patients can learn to get to grips with at this session.  We demonstrate how to connect processors to Ipads, MP3 players and TV’s/hi-fi’s – its very hands-on.  After, the afternoon session is a presentation from Action on Hearing Loss. They present the latest range of assistive equipment to make life easier for those with hearing loss.


CI’s are primarily designed to process speech. So, for a CI user, appreciating music is often a secondary consideration.  Here at Southampton University, much research is being conducted into improving music appreciation for CI users. Furthermore we have developed the I-MAP. This is an interactive, online tool for developing pitch and rhythm perception.


Run by our Hearing Therapist and Clinical Psychologist, this workshop hopes to equip tinnitus sufferers with suggestions for managing this condition. Having a CI can sometimes make tinnitus less noticeable but in some cases make it worse.


Run by a Speech and Language Therapist, this Workshop is open to both CI users and also their partners. It explains how a voice is produced and ways to keep your voice healthy and avoid damage.


This Workshop is for CI users and their main communication partner.  It covers effective communication tactics, ways of managing conversation breakdown and involves role play to practice conversational repair.


If you are interested in attending any of our workshops please get in touch by emailing