Sunday, November 10, 2013

Festive Meet Up in Bath - Sunday 15th December!

CI South West will be hosting a festive meet up in Bath, UK on Sunday, December 15th! 

If you are interested in joining us for a chat, a drink or Sunday lunch that day, please email Katherine Cooley at for more information. Bionic people, CI candidates, their friends and family are all welcome. 

Alternatively, join the CI South West FB group and you will automatically be invited to all of our gatherings! (hopefully our next gathering will be in Taunton or Exeter in early 2014)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

CI Social in Reading -- 28 September

From Katherine Cooley:

Another CI group is hosting a social in Reading on Saturday 28 September from 2:30 to 4:30pm -- you are all welcome to come along! This social is being held at Wild Lime Bar & Grill which is an easy walk from Reading train station. (Wild Lime, 12-14 Friar Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 1DB)

I attended the first social that Michele Chemaly hosted in February of this year -- it was a great opportunity to meet veteran CI users and other candidates, especially those from other CI centres as well as Southmead. I enjoyed sharing stories and appreciate the encouragement I received to make it through tough days with my new CI! I will be going again on the 28th, hope to see you there! For more information including a .pdf event flyer, see the CI South West FB page:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Join us on Sunday 11 August in Bristol!

Just a reminder about the CI South West event this Sunday 11 August in Bristol! 

I have confirmed that seven of us will be there -- do join us for a drink and chat if you can! 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

CI South West Social -- Sunday 11 August

CI South West Social -- Sunday 11 August 

2pm-5pm at Colston Yard, Bristol

We'll be meeting up at Colston Yard pub (near Bristol Royal Infirmary and close to the centre of Bristol and bus stops). We held our first gathering here, and it was a nice quiet pub, easy to relax and chat. Inclined folks may go out to dinner afterwards. 

Please do let us know if you may be able to join us on the 11th, and we'll be looking out for you! Family and friends are welcome to come along too.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Upcoming CI meet-up in Bristol!

The next CI South West meet-up will be in Bristol on Sunday 11 August -- more details to come! 

If you would like to be notified of CI South West gatherings by e-mail, please send a message to: 

For those who use Facebook, we also have a CI South West FB group:

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Useful CI Links

Useful CI Links
Below are some links to various websites which may be of use. Please let us know if you find any broken links, inappropriate content, or have suggestions for other resources.

CI South West (UK) Facebook Group Page - join us!
Southmead Audiology **NEW** email as of Spring 2013
Southmead CI Blogs 
Written by people who have received their CI at Southmead. 

Manufacturer Websites
In addition to the primary product site, each CI manufacturer hosts an user forum for CI users and candidates to share experiences and ask questions. These forums can often be very helpful when you want to find answers to specific questions when researching CIs. 
Advanced Bionics     
Main Website (UK)
Hearing Journey user forum
Cochlear Corp.   
Main Website (UK)
Cochlear Community user forum
Main Website (UK)
HearPeers user forum
There is also a fourth CI manufacturer, Neurelec, based in France which is not available through Southmead/BRI.

Cochlear Implant Comparison Chart

Many people find this chart helpful in understanding the differences between the various makes of CI. It was put together by a group of CI users and aims to be impartial.
This related website includes some links that you may find useful when researching CIs:

British Cochlear Implant Organisations
British Cochlear Implant Group (BCIG)
Safety Guidelines for Cochlear Implant Users
National Cochlear Implant Users Association (NCIUA)

What is CI South West?

CI South West is a social group made up of Cochlear Implant (CI) users and candidates in the South West of England, including those who received their CI at Southmead/BRI Hospitals in Bristol, UK.

The main purpose of this group is to provide an opportunity for CI users and candidates in the South West to meet each other, ask questions and share experiences. Partners and friends are welcome too.

We plan to organise CI social events in Bristol, Exeter, and Taunton (and also elsewhere in the South West if there is demand).

A secondary purpose of this group is to share information and experiences about Southmead/BRI surgical and audiology units.

We welcome people from a wide variety of backgrounds -- whether you are born deaf, late deafened, sign or don't sign or a bit of both. All CI makes are welcome (Advanced Bionics, Cochlear, Med-El and undecided). We look forward to hearing more from you!

We can also be contacted on