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Emergency Video Relay Service for BSL Users available in 2022 (with BSL)

Ofcom have announced that BSL users will be able to contact emergency services using video relay in 2022. Ofcom are requiring telephone and broadband providers to offer a free 24/7 video relay service for BSL users to contact the emergency services, via a dedicated mobile app and website. Ofcom announced their decision on 22nd June 2021.  In March 2021 a relay service which supported BSL users to communicate with healthcare providers ceased due to a lack of funding. Continue reading →

Electro-Haptic Stimulation: A New Approach for Improving Cochlear-Implant Listening

              Carl Verschuur and Mark Fletcher have written a paper about Electro-Haptic devices in their new paper "Electro-Haptic Stimulation: A New Approach for Improving Cochlear-Implant Listening." Haptic (or tactile) aids for the hearing-impaired, which turn sound into a sensation of touch on the skin, were rendered obsolete in the 1990s by the development and success of cochlear implants. Continue reading →

USAIS Recruitment to various roles

Clinic Administrator (Closing date 17th June 2021) - 27 hours per week fixed term 20 months Responsible for processing referrals, booking appointments, dealing with queries, collating and sending out information to patients or clinical and management staff.  USAIS is looking for an experienced administrator, who will demonstrate excellent organisational and communication skills and a customer-centric approach. Continue reading →

Job Vacancy for Audiologist/Clinical Scientist (Audiology)

The closing date Wednesday, 9th June Full time, permanent role The successful candidate will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and will assess and manage severely and profoundly deaf patients of all ages.  He/she will be supporting patients pre and post implant (CI and BCHI). Attendance at conferences and training courses is encouraged and supported for continuing professional development. Continue reading →

COVID-19 Update 11th May 2021 (with BSL)

We would like to let you know how USAIS is able to support our patients and service users as the Covid-19 situation gradually improves.  We are very pleased to report that the USAIS clinic has remained open throughout this year, and we have also managed to increase the number of patients we are able to see over the last few months, while maintaining a Covid-safe environment. Continue reading →

NIHR research into Early Parent Interaction in Deafness

Martina Curtin is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to create a new tool for parents and professionals: the E-PID - Early Parent Interaction in Deafness.   Martina wants to know how Speech and Language Therapists, Qualified Teachers of the Deaf and Clinical Psychologists assess parent-child interaction, with particular focus on how professionals observe parents' interactions when they communicate with their deaf children aged 0-3. Continue reading →

Beware! Royal Mail Texting Scam

The Spares and Repairs team are regularly sending out parcels with spare parts and accessories.  We are, therefore, warning you about a postage scam.  Firstly, please note: The system we use for postage is very robust; it is extremely unlikely that the wrong postage would be applied. We always put our address on the back of the envelope which ensures that Royal Mail will return any items they are not able to deliver. Continue reading →

MED-EL UK Webinar series

Is a cochlear implant right for me? What you might look for in a cochlear implant Next steps These questions will be addressed in a 40 minute webinar to be repeated on the following dates: 24/3/2021 @ 2 pm 27/3/2021 @ 11 am The Webinar is for both cochlear implant users and candidates. If you would like to join a webinar, click on your chosen date and complete the "Survey Monkey" registration form. Continue reading →

USAIS joins Cochlear Implant International Community of Action (CIICA)

        CIICA: is an exciting new global community of cochlear implant user and family advocacy groups and individuals who support our shared vision of closing the global gap in cochlear implant provision and ensuring lifelong support for all who benefit.  The community of organisations and individuals value the opportunity for a new way of working for CI advocacy groups and the opportunity to make a difference. Continue reading →