UCL Ear Institute


Advances in Auditory Implants: 4-6 June 2018

Developing Evidence Based Practice

The course is designed for all those currently involved in cochlear implants, at all levels and in all disciplines. 

The Ear Institute is ideally placed as being part of UCL and situated next door to the Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hospital; the main post grad training hospital for ENT in the UK and home to the first ever cochlear implant team in the UK.


    The course is designed for all those wanting to get involved in auditory implants.  There will be an introductory overview of the surgery, fitting and rehabilitation/habilitation of a range of device types, as well as outlining future directions and the very latest issues and considerations. The course is designed to be of interest for a multidisciplinary audience and assist in providing greater understanding of the different professional roles and how they work together.

    Themes for 2017:

    DAY 1 - 5th June 2017

    This day will provide an overview of different types of implantable devices and candidacy guidelines both in the UK and worldwide. Single-sided deafness will be explored. The main focus of the afternoon will be on cochlear implants, including psychophysics and sound processing in cochlear implants, and cochlear implant fitting.

    DAY 2 - 6th June 2017

    The morning will cover auditory brain implants, middle ear implants, bone conduction devices, and electro-acoustic hearing devices. The fitting of auditory implants other than cochlear implants and contralateral hearing aids will also be examined. We will also look at the non-traditional candidate. The afternoon will concentrate on the use of objective measures for fitting and monitoring and there will be a live surgery to demonstrate the surgical approach and issues in implantation.

    DAY 3 - 7th June 2017

    This day will be focussed on optimising outcomes and thinking about future perspectives and will include approaches to habilitation of children and adults. The enjoyment of music by adult listeners, and the use of music as a therapy tool will be examined, as will some recent work on the impact of singing programmes on hearing impaired children. Finally we will look at advances for the future including advances in biological treatment, software and implant design.


    Speakers for the 2015 course included:

    • Anzel Britz
    • Neil Donnelly
    • Andy Faulkner
    • Guoping Li
    • Sherif Khalil
    • Padraig Kitterick
    • Francesca Pinto
    • Kaukab Rajput
    • Chris Rocca
    • Stuart Rosen
    • Shakeel Saeed
    • Azhar Shaida
    • Debi Vickers
    • Fiona Vickers
    • Graham Welch
    • Alexandra Wheeler


    NB programme is subject to possible change.


    This course has been accredited with 18 CPD points (6 per day) by ENT-UK.

    CPD Kitemark ENT UK…