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Are you a professional interested in learning more about cochlear implants?

Do you want to feel more confident when talking about cochlear implants?

Do you want access to resources that you can share with your patients and their families?

This webpage is dedicated to hearing aid audiologists and dispensers with a special interest in cochlear implants; including CI Champions, and those who have a special interest in this field.

Here you will find useful cochlear implant and related resources, links to educational webinars, upcoming events, and updates from our professional education team.

We are committed to improving access to cochlear implants for adults and children who can benefit from this life-changing technology, and we want you to feel informed when discussing cochlear implants with your patients and their families.

The page will be continually updated so if there is anything you would like to see which does not already feature here, please let us know.

Look out for #CIpeeps for regular updates on social media! 

What is a Cochlear Implant?

Watch the video below to find out how a cochlear implant works.

To learn more about how a cochlear implant works visit our website.

CI Resources

Here are some resources you may find useful to refer to when talking about cochlear implants with your patients and families. 

AB Community

We work closely with a large community of volunteers who are AB cochlear implant recipients. This fantastically diverse group, volunteer their time to support those who are considering a cochlear implant, as well as those newly implanted, and their families. They also run a number of active support groups across the country. If you have someone in mind who you think would benefit from their support, please contact us for more information hear-uk@advancedbionics.com

AB Recipient Stories 

Listen to one of our AB cochlear implant wearer's talking about their experience of living with a cochlear implant.

Carole's Story

I feared losing my job. How a Cochlear Implant helped me regain control of my life.


Sam's Story

How I learned to love music again with my cochlear implant.

Rehabilitation and Support

You can find all of our rehabilitation and support resources in our single sign-on HearingSuccess portal. Please register for free to unlock all the resources and to see how they can benefit you and your hearing aid wearers. We offer bespoke training sessions on the HearingSuccess portal and individual resources if needed, so please contact us if you would like any support with this.

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The HearingSuccess portal is suitable for all hearing aid wearers, regardless of whether they are cochlear implant candidates or not. Please download the HearingSuccess Portal flyer from the CI resources section, with your patients and families/caregivers and encourage them to sign up to make use of all the free resources.

For more information visit the HearingSuccess portal: www.hearingsuccess.com

Events for Professionals

We host a range of events and training courses for professionals, currently online due to COVID restrictions. More information can be found on our Events page. 

Introduction to Cochlear Implants Training Course 

This virtual training course is dedicated to hearing aid audiologists with a special interest in cochlear implants, including BCIG/BAA CI Champions, those who have a special interest in cochlear implants, and those who are new to the field. 

Speakers will include members of the Advanced Bionics team as well as experts from the field of cochlear implants. A certificate will be provided at the end of the course for your CPD record.

If you would like more information on this training course, please email hear-uk@advancedbionics.com or click here to register. 

Advanced Bionics Journal Club

This virtual event is suitable for CI champions and Audiologists with an interest in cochlear implants; to network with peers, meet other CI champions, gain valuable CPD, and learn more about how to critically evaluate a research paper.

If you would like more information on the Journal Club, please email hear-uk@advancedbionics.com

Events for CI Candidates

We host regular Communicate with Success (CWS) events to support CI candidates and recipients and their families/caregivers. These are currently virtual due to COVID restrictions but we hope to be able to also offer in person sessions again later this year.

We host group events on a monthly basis but also offer one-to-one individual meetings for those with a specific need or requirement. More information can be found on our Events page. 

CI Champion Scheme

The cochlear implant champion scheme was launched by Martin O’Driscoll from BCIG and Ann-Marie Dickinson from BAA at the BAA conference in 2019. The aim of the scheme is to ensure all eligible adults and children, and their families, are well-informed about cochlear implants and are offered a timely referral. 

The role of a CI Champion:

  • To train, support and empower staff in your team to counsel patients/clients and their families about cochlear implants (CIs).
  • To ensure all eligible patients/clients and their families are offered informed-choice and shared-decision making, when considering a CI referral.
  • To audit, the quality and quantity, of CI referral counselling taking place in your service, and monitor referrals.


 The aim is to have a CI champion in every NHS Audiology clinic and Private Audiology practice across the country to ensure equitable access to cochlear implants for all adults and children who may benefit from them. If you do not already have a CI Champion in your clinic/practice and would like to register your interest, please email BAA@fitwise.co.uk



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