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.
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.
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.
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.
An educational resource center at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University, the CIEC offers several resources, publications, and presentations on topics related to language, communication, and educational practices for children with cochlear implants. Its resources are available to professionals and families throughout the nation.
Cochlear Implant Manufacturers
Advanced Bionics Cochlear Corporation MED-EL
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.
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.
These webpages of the NIDCD, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, answer a variety of questions on cochlear implants.