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A content validation study of a cochlear implant candidacy decision tool for highly complex paediatric cases 

Are you a professional working in the paediatric cochlear implant field? If so, your help is requested:

My name is Winnie Wing Heen Ng, and I am currently undertaking my dissertation project as part of my MSc at Aston University under the supervision of Dr Amanda Hall. 

The aim of my project is to investigate the validity of the content of a cochlear implant candidacy decision tool for highly complex paediatric cases using an expert panel, which will be formed by a group of professionals who have had experience in the field of paediatric cochlear implant. These individuals would be invaluable contributors and play a crucial role in evaluating the decision tool.  

You will be part of an expert panel and complete a questionnaire to evaluate the tool. This will take you around 90 minutes. Then you will return the completed questionnaire to the research team via email.

Please click here for the flyer about the project

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Winnie Wing Heen Ng, via email (

This study has the approriate ethics approval from Aston University.


Expression of Interest: Developing a Core Outcome Set to evaluate remote technologies for cochlear implant users


We are seeking expressions of interest for the following study.

We are running a series of three, 20-minute online Delphi review surveys as part of our research study to Develop a set of outcome measures to evaluate remote technologies for cochlear implant users’. This initial round of surveys will be to develop a consensus around key outcome areas (domains) to assess outcomes for CI users and services. We are focusing on services provided through remote technologies.

We would like to know if you would be willing to;

  1. Complete the surveys yourself
  2. Send the first survey out to your network of CI professionals
  3. Sent the first survey out to your network/client base of CI users

If you are willing to do any, or all of these, please contact Cathy Sucher on by Thursday 6th April and we will forward further details to you.

Many thanks,

Dr Cathy Sucher Senior Implant Audiologist and CI Research Lead

A/Prof Melanie Ferguson, Associate Professor Brain and Hearing, Curtin University

Approval to conduct this research has been provided by the University of Western Australia, in accordance with its ethics review and approval procedures. Any person considering participation in this research project, or agreeing to participate, may raise any questions or issues with the researchers at any time. In addition, any person not satisfied with the response of researchers may raise ethics issues or concerns, and may make any complaints about this research project by contacting the Human Ethics Office at the University of Western Australia on (08) 6488 3703 or by emailing to

All research participants are entitled to retain a copy of any Participant Information Form and/or Participant Consent Form relating to this research project.


Calling all qualified Clinical Scientists and Audiologists who work in the Adults Cochlear Department in the UK.

If you are a qualified audiology professional  who accessed  Adults who have been unsuccessful in gaining cochlear implant in the UK. (Audiology professional refers to Clinical Scientists and Audiologists).

You are invited to take part in a short 20-30-minute online survey:


My name is Alexandra Hatchett, and I am an MSc Rehabilitative Audiology student  from the School of Health Sciences at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

As part of my degree course, I am undertaking a research project for my dissertation . The topic is :How do  clinicians working in the  UK Adult NHS Cochlear Departments support adult patients with severe to profound hearing loss  who are unsuccessful in gaining a cochlear  implant.

Your participation is valuable, and the findings from this research could have an influence on management plans for future patients who do not fulfil the cochlear implant assessment but struggle with their hearing aids. These patients might benefit from support that is not currently available thus improving their well-being.

The researcher is not aware of any risks associated with participating in this study.

If you are interested, please copy the following link into your browser to complete the survey.

Please feel to contact the independent adviser  or myself with any questions you have regarding the study for managing individuals who are unsuccessful in gaining a cochlear implant.


Contact Details :

Researcher:                              Alexandra Hatchett

Email :                             

Independent Adviser:            Dr Christine Johnson         


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