What we do

Welcome to the Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service (Listening for Life Centre).

We strive to offer a flexible service guided by the needs of the individual child or adult while maintaining quality standards.

Our multidisciplinary team of professionals includes:

  • Consultant ENT surgeons
  • Head of service
  • Clinical scientists (Audiology)
  • Teachers of the deaf
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Technicians
  • Rehabilitation Support Worker

We also have access to:

  • Interpreters
  • Clinical and educational psychologist
  • Radiography department

The whole process of initial assessment, fitting the implant and rehabilitation involves the patient and families working with the team in a variety of settings, including the hospital, home and, for children, school. This demands a high level of commitment from everyone involved.

Through working in partnership a caring, committed and tailor-made service is provided for each individual.

For detailed information on how we hear, hearing loss and cochlear implants, visit the Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service’s microsite.

Referral guidelines

Over the years, the guidelines for cochlear implant assessment have gradually changed.  This is because we now have an in-depth understanding of the importance of assessment and selection, and the hard and software used to provide cochlear Implants has improved with each generation.


There are certain factors which must be considered before a patient is referred to the service as a potential candidate for a cochlear implant. The following conditions will normally need to be met:

  • Children and adults should have a severe/profound bilateral sensori-neural hearing loss
  • Only adequate benefit is gained from appropriately fitted, high-powered aids
  • The candidate is using their hearing aids consistently

Other issues to consider are:

  • Patients whose severe/profound hearing loss is a consequence of meningitis should be fast-tracked regardless of hearing aid use. This is to reduce the risk of cochlear inner ear bone growth. These patients will be prioritised throughout the assessment process.
  • There is no minimum age for referral for children. Where Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing is used as the basis for referral or to provide additional information, this should be performed using tone pips and in line with national recommended procedures.
  • There is no maximum age for referral for adults. Patients must be medically fit for surgery and this will be checked during the assessment process.
  • Children and adults with progressive hearing losses should be referred when hearing levels of 80-85 dBHL at 2 or more frequencies in the range of 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, 2,000 Hz, 3,000 Hz and 4,000 Hz are reached in both ears.
  • Children and adults with additional needs should be referred and we will offer a service appropriate to their needs.

Who can refer?

Referrals can be received from audiologists, general practitioners, paediatricians (children) and local ENT consultants. Please phone the service to discuss if necessary.

Outreach centres

We provide a service that covers a wide geographical area and we appreciate that many of our adult patients commit to travelling considerable distances to attend appointments at the Listening for Life Centre.

In line with NHS England recommendations and in order to offer expert support locally, we have established outreach services based both at Barnsley Hospital and in Hull. Our own experienced and qualified staff travel to these locations to provide support for established cochlear implant users.

These sessions are held frequently and consist of annual review appointments, a spares and repairs service and patient support group meetings. Alongside the audiology session, this informal meeting enables cochlear implant users and their families to meet others and share experiences.

Who we are

David Strachan Consultant ENT Surgeon
Professor Christopher Raine MBE Consultant ENT Surgeon
Iqbal Khan Consultant ENT Surgeon
Simon Carr Consultant ENT Surgeon
Rob Gardner Head of Audiology Services
Helen Peebles Service Co-Ordinator
Catherine Totten Service Co-Ordinator

Find us in Bradford

The Listening for Life Centre, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is located in its own building off Smith Lane, Bradford – adjacent to Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Please see the map/satellite image below for the exact location.

We have also included links to websites that will help you reach us by car and on public transport. The best access is from Gate 7 on Smith Lane, which is at the rear of the hospital. Follow the signs and they will lead you to the Listening for Life Centre. Pay and Display and disabled parking are available outside the building.

The AA provides a Route Planner service at www.theaa.com. Our post code is BD9 5HU.

West Yorkshire Metro provide a number of bus services from Bradford. There is information on their website.

Contact details

Bradford Royal Infirmary
The Listening for Life Centre
Duckworth Lane

Voice & Minicom: (01274) 364853
Text only: 07966 447408
Email: yais.helpline@bthft.nhs.uk

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Interested in joining our team?

Our talented and compassionate staff care for a diverse population, which is what makes Bradford such a special place to work. Choosing the right people is key to our success. If you think you’ve got what it takes, please contact us by email at careers@bthft.nhs.uk to discover more about our latest opportunities.