Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Devices

This section of Info to Go includes information about cochlear implants and other implantable devices, with a focus on language, communication, and educational implications of these technologies.

Clerc Center Resources

Educational Planning for Students with Cochlear Implants (2016)

Webcast discussing the knowledge and tools integral to families and professionals in planning for the language, communication, educational, and social emotional needs of students with cochlear implants. Accompanying this webcast is a comprehensive reference list that supports the information shared.

Students with Cochlear Implants: Guidelines for Educational Program Planning (in collaboration with Boston Children's Hospital, 2015)

Comprehensive set of guidelines designed to facilitate planning discussions surrounding the educational supports and services essential for each student using cochlear implant technology.

Guide for Interpreters Working with Students Who Use Cochlear Implants (2016)

One of six guides for interpreters. This guide targets considerations specific to working with students with cochlear implants.

Cochlear Implants: Educational Planning for School-Age Children (Audiology Online, 2018) 

Online course for audiologists. One hour. Includes discussion about  factors that impact student outcomes, effective educational placements and supports, and recommended planning considerations for students with cochlear implants who may be enrolled in any educational setting. CEUs available. Presented by Debra Nussbaum, Project Manager, Language Development and Communication Support, Clerc Center.

Cochlear Implant eBulletins

Two eBulletins on cochlear implant perspectives written for Raising and Educating Deaf Children by Debra Nussbaum, Project Manager, Language Development and Communication Support, Clerc Center

Cochlear Implants: Making Sure Families Are Aware of the Full Picture (2017)

Cochlear Implants: Considerations for Families (and the Professionals Who Work Alongside Them) (2015)

Setting Language in Motion-Module 5: Cochlear Implants (2016)

Module 5 of Setting Language in Motion: Family Supports and Early Intervention for Babies Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. It provides information on how a cochlear implant works, surgical considerations, activation, and expectations.

Cochlear Implants: Navigating a Forest of Information...One Tree at a Time

Web document developed through the Cochlear Implant Education Center at the Clerc Center to guide family members and professionals in navigating their way through the extensive "forest" of information about cochlear implants. Information is formatted into modules on a variety of topics. This resource is available in Spanish.

VL2 Research Brief 6: Implications of Bilingual Bimodal Approaches for Children with Cochlear Implants  

Research brief, developed in collaboration with the Clerc Center for Gallaudet's Visual Language Visual Learning Center (VL2). It discusses research supporting approaches using both ASL and spoken English for children using cochlear implant technology. 

Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education
(Annual magazine published by the Clerc Center)

High School Students with Cochlear Implants: Coming Together for Success (2017)

Auditory Technology and its Impact on Bilingual Deaf Education (2015)

Stakeholder Resources

Cochlear Implants

Cochlear Implants (AG Bell) 

Overview of cochlear implant technology, plus a three-part series adapted with permission from the Handbook for Educators: Teaching Children Who Listen with a Cochlear Implant, BRIDGE to Better Communication, MED-EL Corporation. Part 1 is a general overview of the evaluation phase and what to expect from a cochlear implant evaluation.  Part 2 explores how the audiologist programs the speech processor, a process known as "mapping," to maximize a child's ability to make sense of language and the auditory environment. Part 3 dispels common myths about the cochlear implant.

American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA) 

Independent organization seeking to advance access to cochlear implantation through research, advocacy, and awareness. Their website provides general information about cochlear implants, conferences, advocacy, and news and media information about cochlear implants. 

Cochlear Implants (ASHA)

General information about cochlear implants, plus links to frequently asked questions, quick facts, and an article, The Mind Hears: Tuning In with a Cochlear Implant, from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Cochlear Implant Toolkit 

Independent website providing information, tips, and strategies to welcome a student with a cochlear implant into a general education setting. The website also shares information to guide families in readying their child with a cochlear implant for the educational setting, information for teachers in understanding the strengths and challenges of students with cochlear implants, and guidance in educating students about cochlear implants.

Cochlear Implants (Boys Town National Research Hospital)

Information on cochlear implants from My Baby's Hearing, a comprehensive early intervention website developed by Boys Town National Research Hospital. It provides information about how the cochlear implant works, who is a candidate, and how to help children learn to listen with this device.

Cochlear Implants (FDA)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) webpages describing cochlear implants, links to information on FDA approved implants, the benefits and risks of cochlear implants and news about cochlear implant recalls and safety issues. There is information about what educators need to know, what happens before, during and after surgery, and where to report problems.  

Cochlear Implants (NIDCD)

Webpages of the NIDCD, answering a variety of questions on cochlear implants. 

Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI)

Information about a professional training program for service providers for children (0-5) or school age (5 to 10 years) with cochlear implants. It is specifically designed for teachers of deaf children, speech-language pathologists and educational audiologists with beginning-to-limited experience in providing (re)habilitation services to children with implants.

Auditory Brainstem Implants (ABI)

Auditory Brainstem Implants-Now for Children Who are Deaf (Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss)

Links to information compiled by Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss on Auditory Brainstem Implants-what they are, candidacy, and other considerations.

Auditory Brainstem Implants - Continued Advancements for Both Adults and Children (Audiology Online)

Overview of considerations related to Auditory Brainstem Implants, provided by William H. Shapiro, Au.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Hearing Health, in the Department of Otolaryngology at the New York University.

ABI Pediatric Applications (American Cochlear Implant Alliance)

Links to numerous presentations on ABIs presented at an American Cochlear Implant Alliance conference.

Bone Anchored Hearing Systems

Audiology Online: Bone Anchored Hearing Systems (BOHS): Current Developments and Challenges

Overview of BAHS including candidacy, design features, and future directions for this technology.

Cochlear Corporation: BAHA

Information about the BAHA, Cochlear Corporation's bone anchored hearing devices. General information about bone anchored devices as well as specific information about their manufactured devices is provided.

Med El: Bone Conduction Hearing System (Bonebridge)

General information about bone conduction hearing systems and how they work as well as specific information about Med El's device, Bonebridge.

Frequently Asked Questions About Living With A Bone Anchored Hearing System (Oticon Corporation)

FAQ developed by Oticon Corporation, one manufacturer of bone anchored hearing devices. It answers general questions about living with a bone anchored device. See links to information about their devices.

Last revised November 2017

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