The British Cochlear Implant Group is delighted that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued a Final Appraisal Document, consulting on a proposed relaxation of the guidelines for cochlear implantation, which can be found here (

Subject to any changes resulting from this consultation, we are currently anticipating publication of revised guidance on 27 February 2019. We understand this will be followed by a 3 month period before NHS England is required to fund any changes.

Until this process is complete, NHS services in England will continue to assess and offer treatment according to current arrangements. Your local service can provide more information and you can find their contact details here (