UCLH provides an audiological service for GPs who would like to refer patients for age related audiological assessments. Other services include diagnosis, quantifying the degree of hearing loss, and rehabilitation of hearing impairment to limit participation restriction.
A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. The implant consists of an external portion that sits behind the ear and a second portion that is surgically placed under the skin. As with any surgery, there are risks, and learning to interpret the sounds created by an implant can be difficult.
This process takes time and to help patients with change, the UCLH Charity fund provides patients with amenities that are not available on the NHS. This includes extra equipment for the team and additional toys and materials for the childrens programme.
The department also aims to support the whole health of a person, so the UCLH Charity fund also finances activities where patients can meet each other and discuss their experiences in a social setting which helps patients with any uncertainties they may have.
The fund also contributes to research activities within the department.