Following the recent guidelines from NICE it has been shown that bilateral cochlear implantation is both cost and clinically effective for children. If felt clinically appropriate we would potentially offer simultaneous surgery to all new children. There is a current process of review been undertaken for all children who have had an implant previously. If you require further information please contact us.
Adults are currently only been offered bilateral implantation if they have dual sensory impairment i.e. have visual failure.
The question of bilateral implantation in adults was reviewed by NICE in spring 2011. The current situation is to leave things as they are. In order to evaluate the clinical and cost benefits of bilateral CI in adults would have to be via clinical trials.