USAIS have put together information and documents, some of which you will find in the information pack that you will receive as part of your assessment. There is a separate page of information specifically for children. You can access this here.. If you have any queries or would like any additional information email USAIS at email@example.com
The British Cochlear Implant Group (BCIG) is a unique group of patients and professionals interested in the provision of cochlear implants in the UK. Click on their logo below to learn more about them and their work.
The beginning of the patient journey
Learning to listen with an implant
Devices and Manufacturers
Devices that support hearing
Smartphones – Many smartphones offer features that can help with communication. Apples Shops for example host training events. USAIS will post information about these events.
Video calls – Video call apps such as Zoom and Teams offer a caption service. Speak to a member of our rehab team if you would like more information about this. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Otter Voice Meeting Notes app provides automated meeting notes for Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams when you work from home.
Risk of Loss and Damage to processors
Processors are reliable but they can become lost or damaged. It is possible to “hire” a spare processor and associated kit when travelling away from home, as USAIS cannot send replacement processor to other countries. USAIS has a form for when a processor is lost or damaged. Links to these forms are below.
Helping with Listening Effort
The cochlear implant is amazing technology. However, even though it helps you to hear, it is not exactly the same as hearing normally.
Everyone has to use some listening effort to understand speech but cochlear implant users work harder than a person with typical hearing because they must fill in the gaps in sound.
The “Go for Gold!” leaflet provides further information about “listening effort” as well as helpful hints and tips on how to manage this.