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Midlands Hearing Implant Programme

The Midlands Hearing Implant Programme – Children’s Service

Our Hearing Implant Programme (generally known as the Cochlear Implant team) is one of the busiest in the UK. Since 1990, more than 1,500 adults and children on our programme have benefited from hearing with cochlear implants and middle ear implants to hear, learn to talk, enjoy music and experience significantly improved quality of life.

We provide a highly specialist regional service to children and young people from across the Midlands and beyond. We aim to be a centre of excellence and all team members keep their knowledge and skills up to date through a range of activities. These include teaching, research and publication, attending and presenting at conferences and delivering training. This ensures your child receives the best and most up to date care.

We offer a holistic, flexible service and always aim to keep parents and carers at the centre of your child’s care. We are proud to be one of the few NHS services in the UK to employ and train listening and spoken language specialists (Certification AVT™).

The team

We are a team of 19 individuals who are passionate about ensuring that all children with hearing loss have the opportunity to develop the best communication they can. Many children who are born with profound hearing loss are now able to learn to listen and talk using the most up to date amplification. For most children with profound hearing loss, the best option is cochlear implants.

Our team includes consultant ear nose and throat surgeons, nurses, audiologists, clinical scientists, auditory-verbal therapists, specialist speech and language therapists and administrators. We also work closely with colleagues in the hospital including radiology, psychology, play therapy, audiology, neurology and the anaesthetic department, amongst many others. In addition to the team at the Children’s hospital, your local team of professionals play an essential role and we work together with them to support you and your child.

Location

We are based off site from the main Children’s hospital in our own dedicated unit, on the Aston University Campus in a building called Aston University Day Hospital, also known as Optegra. Click here for maps and directions. For SatNav, please use the postcode B4 7EH. You can park for free on the forecourt outside of our building, however please be aware that you must register your car details with us on arrival. Please note the parking area is often busy and we cannot guarantee a space.

We are routinely open 8.00am-5.00pm, Monday-Friday (except for Bank Holidays). If you need urgent medical advice related to your child’s cochlear implants outside of these hours, please attend the Emergency Department at the Children's hospital and ask to be seen by the ear, nose and throat registrar on call. Alternatively see your out-of-hours GP and they can call 0121 333 9999 and ask to speak to the ear, nose and throat registrar on call for advice.

Our adult team is based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Audiology Centre, please click here for more information.

Contact details

Our address is:

The Midlands Hearing Implant Programme
Aston University Day Hospital
Aston University
Birmingham
B4 7ET

  • You can phone us on 0121 204 3830 or text 07825 385618
  • We have a secure fax: 0121 204 3840 and a secure email: mhip.clinicalsupport@nhs.net
  • And you can follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MHIPChildrens