Surgically implanted hearing devices in the UK have steadily increased over the past 20 years and implant centres are now maintaining approximately 20,000 cochlear implant patients.
Despite this, we currently don’t have a comprehensive way of capturing data on these devices – this means we can’t use data to improve patient safety, national practices, implant effectiveness, or quality of care.
So what is the BCIG doing about this? It has initiated the development of a National Registry of Hearing Implants. Last year, a survey of BCIG members indicated overwhelming support (94%) to do this.
Katherine Wilson (BCIG Trustee) has been appointed Chair of the NRHI. She has set up a steering group of key stakeholders and Dan Jiang (BCIG Trustee) has been appointed chair of the dataset committee. Please watch this space for a Delphi survey which will allow BCIG members to express which data they feel is most important for the NRHI to capture.