Cochlear Implants: A Patient Guide

Things have changed rapidly in the last 20 years and our surgeons have worked hard to pioneer new developments and bring the best of what is available world–wide here to Nottingham.
Within the team we have highly experienced staff who are experts in the field. This means we can offer appropriate advice and treatment for even the most complex cases. As a result we also receive a number of requests for second opinion assessments.

Our service covers all ages, from the very young to the elderly. Patients may come to us as babies but we will be here to provide life-long support. Their needs will change over time and as part of the service, we provide a planned transition for our teenagers through to the adult part of our programme.

We welcome adults of all ages – there is no upper age limit. Our adult service continues to expand as the potential benefits of a cochlear implantation become more widely known by the public and professionals alike. We receive referrals for a wide range of hearing problems. For instance, adults may have experienced a gradual or sudden drop in hearing, whilst others are deaf from birth and now want to explore the potential additional benefit of an implant.

Many thanks to all the families, patients and local professionals who contributed to this DVD. We are particularly grateful to those who shared their stories and explained so powerfully the changes the operation has made to their lives. We hope you find their experiences useful on your journey with us.


Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 - What is a cochlear implant?
This chapter describes what a cochlear implant is and how it works. 

Chapter 3 - Assessment and Surgery

This chapter explains how we assess whether a patient is suitable for a cochlear implant and the surgery involved.

Chapter 4 - Programming and Support

This chapter explains how we program the cochlear implant and the support available throughout the journey.

Chapter 5 – Support for Children

Chapter 6 – Support for Adults

Chapter 7 - Where we are based

This chapter explains what part of each process is carried out where including the pre-op stages and post-op stages.


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