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New Technology – an USAIS First – Initial Tuning by Remote

An 18 month old baby girl heard for the first time this week, when Helen Cullington – an audiologist at the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service (USAIS) – switched on her cochlear implants at home.  The little girl has been deaf since birth and had cochlear implant surgery earlier in the month.  Due to the COVID-19 emergency, USAIS is not able to see patients in the clinic at this time. Continue reading →

Recruitment – Rehabilitationist (Teacher of the Deaf)

University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service (USAIS) – Engineering and Physical Sciences Enterprise Unit is recruiting a Rehabilitationist (Teacher of the Deaf). As a qualified teacher of the deaf/educational audiologist, you will join our team of Rehabilitationists supporting children across the South of England who use Auditory Implants, Assistive Listening Devices and Radio Aid Systems. Continue reading →

Free online resource for children – Let’s Listen and Talk

A Charity is to offer free resources to support deaf children (0-5 years) to learn to listen and talk.    The Elizabeth Foundation has waived all fees for their online learning programme called ‘Let’s Listen and Talk’ so that all families who need it can benefit from the advice, guidance and information from the programme.    Along with information, the programme provides hundreds of useful games and activities that support listening and talking.  Go to www. Continue reading →

COVID-19 Update 30/03/2020

Following Government guidelines regarding COVID-19, for the safety of patients and staff, all face to face appointments have been cancelled at this time. Patients affected by this change have been informed. We will continue to support our patients and families as much as possible during this difficult time. Please contact us if your cochlear implant or bone conduction device develops a fault. We will then advise you on how we can help. Continue reading →

COVID-19 Update 25/03/2020 (with BSL)

Due to the most recent COVID-19 safety restrictions we are currently operating a very limited service to patients and families. We have further reduced the appointments at AIS and we are working with some families remotely. Our current opening times will be 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday. Please phone or email the service before travelling to the site, as we will not be able to see you without prior agreement. This is to enable us to keep the number of people in the building low. Continue reading →

COVID-19 Further Update 19/03/2020 (with BSL)

AIS will be running a reduced service from MONDAY 23 March 2020.  Our opening times will be 10am till 4pm.  We will have staff working on different rotas to minimise numbers in clinic so patients might see different members of staff to the ones they usually see. We are currently in the process of contacting patients and families whose appointments need to be cancelled, or if the start times need to be changed.  We can assure you that these will be re-booked in due course. Continue reading →

COVID-19 Update (with BSL)

We are reviewing how we run clinic sessions at AIS following the most recent guidelines from the government regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We will be cancelling routine and outreach appointments for the time being. We might change the start time for appointments that we will keep so we decrease the number of patients in the waiting room. All patients affected by this decision will be contacted in the next few days. Continue reading →

Auditory Implant Service Patient Newsletter – Winter 2019

View the original email in your browser Winter 2019 Welcome to our new email patient newsletter. We will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest news, patient stories and service updates straight to your email inbox... CHARITY UPDATE CYCLE RIDE Five members of the AIS team took part in a 45 mile cycle ride from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle to raise money for the Prince's trust in October this year. Continue reading →

One Thousand Mile Cycle Ride

Mr Tim Mitchell is one of the E.N.T. Consultant Surgeons at the Auditory Implant Service. He will be cycling 1000 miles over 14 days in April 2020.  This will take him from Land’s End to John o’Groats. The aim is to raise awareness and funds for the crucial, life-changing work of both the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Myeloma UK. Continue reading →

Latest requirement regarding button batteries

Button Batteries are extremely dangerous if ingested - google link Following a review of practices, there are now some new requirements for NHS providers which need to be implemented in 2020.  Battery compartments in devices housing a button battery will need to be secure.  Furthermore, NHS Provider protocols around the purchase and issue of these (secure) devices must be reviewed by 11 September 2020. Continue reading →