The cochlear implant champion scheme was launched by Martin O’Driscoll from BCIG and Ann-Marie Dickinson from BAA Service Quality Committee at the BAA conference 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.


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 first CI Champions training workshop took place on the 11th March 2020 at the BCIG conference in Nottingham, with online training and support offered pre- and post-workshop.  The champion role is important for audiologists working in a paediatric and adult setting, in the NHS and independent sector.


You should be motivated and committed to the scheme. You should have good communication skills and be prepared to share information and guide/inform discussions about implants within your team.


  • Dedicate at least 1 hour per week to this scheme.
  • Monitor implant referrals in your service.
  • Audit the quantity and quality of implant counselling in your service.
  • Share audit results with your team at regular intervals.
  • Build a relationship with your local implant service.
  • Offer training and support to everyone your department.
  • Attend the annual CI Champion training day and engage with online training.

Your line manager must agree to support you in this role.  Please register your interest by sending your name and name of your department/service to

Articles, research, policy guidance, videos, websites and presentations

Optimally Aided

Cochlear implants should always be considered as a priority for adults with severe-to-profound deafness; however, it is important to ensure adults are optimally aided so they can get the best possible outcomes with their hearing aids.

The optimally added definition exists to support clinicians when making a decision about how to set hearing aids for adults who have severe to profound loss, and when to refer for a cochlear implant. Download the document here: Optimally Aided

Referral and Candidacy Research

Allen, S. Jones, L., Gregory, M.  (2018) Addressing the low uptake of cochlear implants amongst adults. The Ear Foundation.

Bierbaum, M, McMahon, C, Hughes, S, Boisvert, I, Lau, A, Braithwaite, J & Rapport, F 2019, Barriers and facilitators to cochlear implant uptake in Australia and the United Kingdom. Ear and Hearing.

Chundu, S., Buhagiar, R. (2013) Audiologists’ knowledge of cochlear implants and their related referrals to the cochlear implant centre: Pilot study findings from UK, Cochlear Implants International, 14:4, 213-224, DOI: 10.1179/1754762812Y.0000000025.

Dillon, B., Pryce, H. (2019): What makes someone choose cochlear implantation? An exploration of factors that inform patient decision making, International Journal of Audiology, DOI: 10.1080/14992027.2019.1660917.

Gaylor, J., Raman, G., Chung, M., Lee, G., Rao, M., Lau, J., Poe, D. (2013) Cochlear Implantation in Adults A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(3):265-272.doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.1744

Ng, Y., Lamb, B., Harrigan, S., Archbold, S., Athalye, A.,  Allen, S. (2016) Perspectives of adults with cochlear implants on current CI services and daily life, Cochlear Implants International, 17:sup1, 89-93, DOI: 10.1080/14670100.2016.1157314.

Mr Raghunandhan Sampath Kumar, Ms Deborah Mawman, Mr Divyan Sankaran, Mrs Christine Melling, Dr Martin O’Driscoll, Mr Simon M. Freeman & Professor Simon K. W. Lloyd (2016) Cochlear implantation in early deafened, late implanted adults: Do they benefit?, Cochlear Implants International, 17:sup1, 22-25, DOI: 10.1080/14670100.2016.1161142

Sandeep G. Mistry, Simon Carr, Jane Martin, David R. Strachan, Christopher H. Raine & Georgios Fyrmpas (2017) Cochlear implantation under local anaesthesia – Our experience and a validated patient satisfaction questionnaire, Cochlear Implants International, 18:3, 180-185, DOI: 10.1080/14670100.2017.1296986

Raine, C. (2013) Cochlear implants in the United Kingdom: Awareness and utilization, Cochlear Implants International, 14:sup1, S32-S37, DOI: 10.1179/1467010013Z.00000000077.

Raine, C., Atkinson, H., Strachan, D., Martin, J. (2016) Access to cochlear implants: Time to reflect, Cochlear Implants International, 17:sup1, 42-46, DOI: 10.1080/14670100.2016.1155808.