The latest pdf document, dated Spring 2014 on “Recommended Guidelines on Safety for Cochlear Implant Users” can be found here


Please note that whilst the NCIUA uses it best endeavours to provide accurate information, the Association does not provide medical advice and has no responsibility for these notes.

This document has been produced by the British Cochlear Implant Group with input from the major UK suppliers of cochlear implants and members of several UK cochlear implant teams. The information contained in this document aims to provide realistic guidance to cochlear implant users to enable them to gain the maximum benefit from their implants and to minimise potential problems, but is given as general guidance, parts of which may not be applicable to all cochlear implant users.

All cochlear implant users should read and understand the instructions given by the manufacturer / supplier of their cochlear implant and should take advice from their clinician on their own particular circumstances. (Cochlear implant users may find it helpful to go through these guidelines with the staff at their cochlear implant centre.)

Do remember that most people with cochlear implants are able to lead normal lives as long as they take a few sensible precautions. Although the information in the BCIG Guidelines document may seem daunting, in most cases the risks are very small!


The guidelines covers the following topics:

  • Sport, leisure and play
  • Medical Matters
    • Treatments that must NEVER be carried out on people with cochlear implants
    • Treatments that can SOMETIMES be carried out on people with cochlear implants
    • Treatments that CAN be carried out on people with cochlear implants
  • Security Systems
  • Employment Issues
  • Air Travel
  • Static Electricity
  • Personal stereos, audio equipment, TV, car headphone sockets etc.
  • Interference (something not to worry about!)
  • Miscellaneous
    • Electric fences
    • Induction cookers