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Support Resources for Cochlear Implant Patients

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Adult patients: (608) 263-6191

mericle@surgery.wisc.edu

 

Pediatric patients: (608) 262-3147

kurt@surgery.wisc.edu

Cochlear implants can have a significant impact on an individual's quality of life. To better assist you in adjusting to life with a cochlear implant, there are several resources available.
 
UW Health Resources for Cochlear Implant Users
 
There are several opportunities for UW Health cochlear implant patients to interact with other cochlear implant users and gain the most from living with their devices. Opportunities include:
  • Educational seminars
  • Informational talks
  • Informal meeting prior to surgery with a cochlear implant user
  • Picnics and scheduled events
Additional Resources for Cochlear Implant Users
 
There are several quality Internet Web sites available for individuals with cochlear implants.
 
Cochear Implant Manufacturers' Web Sites
 
UW Hospital and Clinics uses the Cochlear Corporation cochlear implant devices. There are additional manufacturers of cochlear implants. To help you make an informed decision, their websites are included below.
Cochlear Implant Support Sites for Adults 

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf is an organization that promotes independence through listening and talking. This organization is for parents of children with hearing loss, adults with hearing loss, and professionals working with individuals with hearing loss.

Hear-It

Hear-It is a web site designed to increase public awareness of hearing loss. 

Cochlear Implant Association

Cochlear Implant Association, Inc is an organization for cochlear implant recipients, their families, professionals, and other individuals interested in cochlear implants. 

Association for Late Deafened Adults

Association for Late Deafened Adults. This site has information about membership, national meetings, and links of interest to deafened adults. 
 
Hearing Loss Association of America (formerly SHHH)
 
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.
 
Support Sites for Children with Cochlear Implants and Their Families
 
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf is an organization that promotes independence through listening and talking. This organization is for parents of children with hearing loss, adults with hearing loss, and professionals working with individuals with hearing loss.
 
Auditory-Verbal International

Auditory-Verbal International is an organization that promotes the choice of listening and speaking for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The organization assists with education, advocacy and family support. 
 
 
Cochlear Corporation provides a variety of resources for children, families and educators to learn more about cochlear implants and achieve the maximum benefit from the device.
 
 
A non-profit organization providing information, resources, and support to prospective cochlear implant recipients and their families. 
 
Listen-Up

Listen-Up is a site developed by a parent of a child with hearing loss. It provides considerable information about hearing loss, resources, organizations, technology, etc. It also has links to fun sites for children. 
 
Oral Deaf Schools

This site contains a listing of oral deaf education programs for children. There is also a section of the site for professionals interested in higher education or who are looking for a teaching position. 
 
Photo: Cochlear Corp