SOUND BITE: Updates & news about hearing for professionals.
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Updates and news about hearing and hearing technology for professionals.

Issue 1 | March 2017
Welcome to the first edition of SOUND BITE from the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service. We are sending you this email as a professional who supports someone with hearing loss. This professional update will be sent three times a year and will highlight new developments and research in the field of implantable hearing technologies, as well as updates from our centre. If you would like to update your preferences and recieve specific updates please amend using the links at the bottom of the page.
Research & Consultancy
In this section we will tell you about the work in research we are doing as well as important advances from other universities. 
Our current research is focused on 5 key areas and you can find more about your particular areas of interest by clicking on the links below for each category:
  1. Remote Care
  2. Hearing Preservation and Optimisation
  3. Music and Hearing
  4. Meeting the needs of all cochlear implant recipients
  5. Hearing beyond the audiogram
Our Research
Remote Care Update
Dr Helen Cullington is continuing our centre’s work on remote care for people with cochlear implants.  She has just been awarded another grant from The Health Foundation to start spreading the improvement that happened in the remote care trial last year.
Find out more
Recent Publications and Collaborations
In this section we will link to recent studies our team have contributed to.
Pimperton, H; Kreppner, J; Mahon, HM; Stevenson, J; Terlektsi, E; Worsfold, S; Yuen, HM; (2017) Language outcomes in deaf or hard of hearing teenagers who are spoken language users: Effects of universal newborn hearing screening and early confirmation.

Cullington, H. E., Bele, D., Brinton, J., Cooper, S., Daft, M., Harding, J., Hatton, N., Humphries, J., Lutman, M., Maddocks, J., Maggs, J., Millward, K., O'Donoghue, G., Patel, S., Rajput, K., Salmon, V., Sear, T., Speers, A., Wheeler, A. & Wilson, K.
 (2017). United Kingdom national paediatric bilateral project: Results of professional rating scales and parent questionnaires.

Cullington, H. E. and T. Aidi (2017). Is the digit triplet test an effective and acceptable way to assess speech recognition in adults using cochlear implants in a home environment?

Rosenberg, J.  Turner, R. Underwood, A. Whyte, S. 2016. MESH Guides - Translational Research in Deaf Education Practice.
AIS+ Experts in Hearing & Balance
In this section we will discuss activities which are additional to our core NHS service.
AIS+ is an umbrella of private and self-funded clinical services as well as knowledge services which include professional training, clinical placements and masters level teaching. 

The clinical services we offer include assessment and treatment for Auditory Processing Disorder, Self-funded cochlear implants and a private hearing and balance clinic.

We are now pleased to announce the launch of our contralateral self-funded cochlear implant service which is open to adult patients who already have a cochlear implant from our service and would another on the other side. Enquiries via 
Find out more
News from our centre
In this section we will keep you updated with what is happening at the Southampton centre.
Congratulations to Sarah Flynn, Sarah Paganga and Julie Eyles who are all celebrating over 20 years service at USAIS.
Farewell to Wendy Stanmore, Clinic Secretary in the East Team who has retired after 14 years of service.
Welcome to our new Teachers of the Deaf, Sarah Woods (left) and Liz Parker (right).
Meet our Team
Technology Updates
In this section we will keep you up to date with hearing equipment and assistive listening technology.
Advanced Bionics have launched the Naida Bimodal Hearing Solution which involves a Naida cochlear implant processor and a Naida Link hearing aid. (Please note: USAIS are not a registered hearing aid provider so we are unable to provide the hearing aids at our service)
Cochlear have launched their new off-the-ear sound processor, Kanso(Please note: USAIS are not currently offering this device)
MED-EL are now offering rechargeable batteries for the SONNET sound processor. We are pleased to be able to offer these to suitable patients.
Patient Stories
We are privileged to be part of the hearing journey of almost 1500 people. In this section we share successes and tips from our service users.
Tribute to the West Team
"He fitted a cochlear implant and now I can hear"

One of our cochlear implant users wrote this song to express her gratitude and joy about being able to hear again thanks to a cochlear implant. 
Visit our YouTube Channel
Couple receiving the gift of sound
The University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service (USAIS) has welcomed its first ever couple to receive cochlear implants at the same time.
Read Helen and Neil's story
Celebrating International Cochlear Implant Day (25th February 2017) & World Hearing Day (3rd March 2017)
Celebrating International Cochlear Implant Day
In this section we will share training and CPD opportunities at Southampton and further afield.
Auditory Implants and Radio Aids: Update

: Tuesday 6th June 2017
Time: 9.30am – 4.00 pm
Fee: £30 (includes light lunch and refreshments)

This course is suitable for Teachers of the Deaf, Audiology Technicians and Educational Audiologists who have previously attended the two day course 'Cochlear Implants, Radio Aids and Soundfield Systems'
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Auditory Processing Disorder: Where are we now?

Date: Tuesday 27th June 2017
Time: 9.15am – 4.15pm
Fee: £75 (includes light lunch and refreshments)

This training day is aimed at Speech & Language Therapists, Audiologists, Teachers of the Deaf and other professionals with an interest in APD.
Book Now
For a full list of our upcoming training courses visit our website.

If you would like to visit the implant centre to observe, we welcome all professionals. Please contact us for more information.
Upcoming Dates for the Diary
BATOD Conference 10-11 March 2017
BCIG Conference 20-21 March 2017
BAA Conference 29-30 June 2017
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