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Adolescent Programme


In the summer of 1997 the adolescent programme was developed to support our teenage cochlear implant users. As a natural extension of the paediatric programme, the adolescent programme also offers regular one-to-one intervention and intensive school support while supporting the adolescent's individual needs. The clinic setting is more appropriate for adolescents and the specialised service allows the team to focus on the needs of this unique group.

In addition to those patients referred directly to the adolescent programme, all children who received a cochlear implant on the paediatric cochlear implant programme automatically transition to the adolescent programme during the summer holidays prior to the start of secondary school. Then at theage of 18 most of the patients managed by the adolescent team will transition to the adult programme.The adolescent programme currently supports approximately 300 young people. Click on the links at the right of this page to find out more about the process of receiving a cochlear implant as a teenager.

As part of the transitional nature of the adolescent programme (ultimately preparing for adult services) young people over 16 are offered the opportunity to be seen on their own for appointments, without the presence of their parent or carer. Adolescents can also choose to attend with the support of a family member, friend or partner.

Additional options

Additional appointments can be requested at any point post operatively (whether the habilitation package is ongoing or complete), should patients require further support. The patient's aims and requirements will be discussed and further input may be offered as necessary. More specific support can be provided in the areas of: transition, hearing therapy, tinnitus counselling, telephone training and advice re: assistive listening devices.

Comments, Compliments, Complaint

If you would like to feedback to us about our service, please contact us: auditory.implant@cmft.nhs.uk

The hospital also provides a Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)  /information-for-patients-visitors-and-carers/patient-advice-and-support and welcomes feedback about your views.

Links to other services

National Deaf CAMHS


The adolescent programme can provide links to other specialist services including the Deaf Children, Young People and Family Service (National Deaf CAMHS) should a referral be appropriate. If you feel a referral to Deaf CAMHS is required, you should discuss this with your clinician, GP, school, TOD, social worker or your regional NDCS representative.

Local Audiology

The adolescent programme will work closely with your local audiology department pre-implant and will continue to do so, especially if you have a hearing aid as well as a cochlear implant.

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