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Cochlear implantation: adult and paediatrics

Published on 13 April 2022

The Scottish Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP) is for profoundly deaf adults and children. It provides assessment and specialist implantation surgery. Speech and language therapy support and follow up are also part of the service. It's based inside Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock.

What is cochlear implantation?

The aim of cochlear implantation is to provide individuals with functional hearing. Usually, it's for cases of severe-to-profound deafness where patients gain little or no benefit from conventional acoustic hearing aids. A cochlear implant system converts acoustic sound waves into electrical stimulation. Delivery of this then goes direct to the cochlea. It bypasses damaged hair cells, stimulates nerve endings and gives the individual a hearing sensation.

Enabling profoundly deaf patients to acquire (or keep) functional spoken language is the goal.

Local assessments take place before referrals to the service are necessary. These referrals usually come from local consultant ENT surgeons or audiologists.

Find further information about the service on the the Scottish Cochlear Implant Programme website.

Lead clinician

Ms Agnes Allen, Head of Service/Consultant Clinical Scientist

Mr Wardrop, Lead Surgeon


NHS Ayrshire & Arran
Crosshouse Hospital

NSD contact

NSD Specialist Services

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