National Resources: Cochlear Implants

Alexander Graham Bell Association: Cochlear Implants

This organization helps families, health care providers, and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. It provides an overview of cochlear implant technology.  

The Cochlear Implant Process

Part One     Part Two     Part Three

This is 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 one is a general overview of the evaluation phase and what to expect from a cochlear implant evaluation.  Part two 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 three dispels common myths about the cochlear implant. 

American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA)        

This independent organization seeks 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.  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

ASHA provides 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.  

Boys Town National Research Hospital: My Baby's Hearing (Cochlear Implants)

The section of the website under "Language and Learning" on cochlear implants includes information on how the cochlear implant works, who is a candidate, and how to help children learn to listen with this device.

Cochlear Implant Manufacturers   

Advanced Bionics     Cochlear Corporation     MED-EL

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

This document was developed at the Cochlear Implant Education Center at the Clerc Center to assist parents and educators 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 English and Spanish.  

Food and Drug Administration

This website describes cochlear implants, links to information on FDA approved implants, discusses the benefits and risks of cochlear implants and provides news about cochlear implant recalls and safety issues. There is also information about what educators need to know, what happens before, during and after surgery, and where to report problems.  

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD): Cochlear Implants

These webpages of the NIDCD, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, answer a variety of questions on cochlear implants.  


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