The Ear Foundation

The Ear Foundation's Family Centre

To continue to provide residential facilities which are available to all families of cochlear implant users around the UK, when attending Hospital appointments in Nottingham or training courses on our premises. Our accommodation is available 7 days a week, however, the facilities cost around £33,000 a year to run. In 2008 we received just £9,000 in donations towards maintenance costs and upkeep.

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Marjorie Sherman House is used for the following: * Accommodation (including bed, linen and breakfast facilities) for children and their families as they access the Nottingham Cochlear Implant Programme. In 2008 our facilities served 289 nights’ accommodation. * Group sessions for the families of pre-school deaf children. * Activities for children and young people with cochlear implants, eg annual summer programme of activities. * Adult cochlear implant users for their Information Days Why is the Centre needed? * The rollout of Newborn Hearing Screening the UK in 2006 has led to growing numbers of young deaf infants being referred for cochlear implantation in the first year of life. The Centre enables families of deaf infants to gain up-to-date support/information on cochlear implants shortly after diagnosis, increasing equity of access to this technology; * Families can stay together in the house before/after clinical appointments, reducing anxieties. Prior to its development, families had to find and fund their own accommodation, or travel from afar with the disadvantage that the children arrived for assessment or essential tuning of the cochlear implant system and rehabilitation, tired and uncooperative; * Demand for services at the Family Centre. With early intervention, more adults choosing to be implanted and the recent NICE guidelines, that support bilateral implantation in children, the need to support those who use cochlear implants is constantly increasing. Costs include: Gas/Electricity/Water & Rates/TV licence/laundry/provisions/cleaning materials/gardens & grounds/alarms security/fire equip/repairs & renewals/staff time