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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 →

New admin database in January 2020

  USAIS will be moving over to a new administration database in January 2020. For a short time it may take us longer to find the information you need if you call repairs or reception.  Response times to emails and answerphone messages may also be a little longer as staff will be out of the office to have training.  Please be patient with our staff during this time. Continue reading →

Service delivery to Children and Young People at USAIS

Recently USAIS have reviewed the service that is delivered to the children and young people (CYP) on our programme.  After having surgery, the CYP moves on to the Foundation Phase which lasts from surgery until 3 years post cochlear implantation.  After 3 years (if appropriate) the CYP will transition into the Monitoring Phase (until their 19th birthday, when they transition over to the adult service). Continue reading →

Resources for Patients

USAIS have put together information and documents, some of which are in the packs given out to patients during their implant journey.  A section of the AIS website is dedicated to providing this information, so do have a look on If you have any queries or would like any additional information email USAIS at Here are some of the links which may be of interest, but do look at the site for more information. Continue reading →

Shaken Not Stirred Charity Ball leads to donation for Auditory Implant Service

Photo: From left to right, Carl Verschuur, Rachel Drew, Shaun Drew and Joy Davenport After Shaun Drew started using his new cochlear implant, his family were inspired to fund-raise to help the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service (USAIS).  In April 2019 Rachel Drew, Shaun’s step-mum, and Joy Davenport organised a charity ball at Lakeview Manor in Dunkeswell (Devon).  Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing to a live band and a fork buffet as well as a Charity Auction. Continue reading →