Auditory Implant Service

Self-funded Cochlear Implants

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Self-funded Cochlear Implant Programme at the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service (USAIS)

At USAIS, we know exactly how big an impact hearing loss has on all aspects of life. Cochlear implants can make a huge difference for those with severe to profound hearing loss, but we recognise that current NHS funding guidelines do not allow everybody who could benefit from cochlear implants to receive this treatment.

We are now able to provide a service for adults who could benefit from cochlear implantation but are not eligible for NHS funding.  Some people tell us they struggle for years trying to manage with gradually deteriorating hearing and little benefit from hearing aids. At USAIS, we feel that you should be able to access cochlear implant technology as soon as it would be of benefit to you.

Our self-funded service

At USAIS, we have been providing cochlear implants for patients with a hearing loss for more than 25 years.  Our multi-disciplinary service has a world-wide reputation for excellence.

Our self-funded service runs parallel to and mirrors our NHS service, and in addition offers a choice between different rehabilitation packages, to best suit your needs and lifestyle.

Potential candidates for our self-funded service include adults, living in the UK, who:
  • Have a severe to profound hearing loss in both ears and receive no or limited benefit from conventional hearing aids and do not currently have a cochlear implant
  • Adults who have one implant at our service and are interested in a second implant for the other ear

We are not currently offering a service for children or for other categories of adult who might benefit from implantation, but plan to do so in the future.

Self-Funded Leaflet

Self-funded patient story

Click here to read about one of our Self-funded cochlear implant user’s ‘Early Experiences of Sound through a cochlear implant’.

Please feel free to contact us for further information.

Telephone: 023 8059 3522

Email: AIS.Plus@southampton.ac.uk