Resources

History of Cochlear Implantation

Website discussing history of cochlear implantation
http://biomed.brown.edu/Courses/BI108/BI108_2001_Groups/Cochlear_Implants/history.html

Website discussing historical options for deaf individuals
http://deafness.about.com/cs/cochlearfeatures/a/cihistory.htm

Alternatives to Implantation

Manual Communication

Information on ASL (American Sign Language)
www.nad.org/issues/american-sign-language/what-is-asl

Position statement on sign language by the National Association of the Deaf
www.nad.org/issues/american-sign-language/position-statement-american-sign-language-2008

Information About Deaf Culture
www.nad.org/issues/american-sign-language/community-and-culture-faq

Cued Speech

Information on the use of cued speech to facilitate communication
www.cuedspeech.org

Auditory/Oral Communication

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
www.agbell.org

Oral Deaf Education
www.oraldeafed.org

Auditory-Verbal Therapy/Aural (Re)Habilitation:

Medical and Surgical Considerations

Risks associated with surgery and anesthesia
www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/cochlearimplants/ucm062843.htm

MRI contraindications with Mel-El exception up to 1.5 Tesla
www.medel.com

Increased risk of meningitis with cochlear implants
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/cochlear/dis-cochlear-gen.htm

Cochlear Implant Manufacturers

Cochlear Corporation
www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/us/home/about-us-and-hearing-loss/about-us-and-hearing-loss

Advanced Bionics
www.advancedbionics.com/us/en/your_journey/advantages_of_abscochlearimplants.html?gclid=CIe8psDNlb0CFYY7MgodpmEA5g

Med-El
www.medel.com/us/for-parents

Training and Therapy

Expectation of improved hearing with a cochlear implant
www.hearinglosseducation.com/treatments/cochlear-implants

Listening activities to help with the (re)habilitation process
www.hearingjourney.com/Listening_Room/preview.cfm?langid=1

Selecting a Communication Mode and Impact on Performance

Organization promoting oral only communication
www.oraldeafed.org

Organization promoting use of total communication
www.handsandvoices.org/comcon/articles/aud_oral_edu.htm

Organization providing a variety of information for parents raising hearing impaired children
www.raisingdeafkids.org/communicating/choices/tc.php

Accommodation/Assistive Devices

Provision of access in public areas by the ADA
www.nad.org/issues/civil-rights/ADA

Use of telephone by cochlear implant users
http://hope.cochlearamericas.com/listening-tools/telephone-training

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) services
www.nad.org/issues/technology/captioning/cart

Company specializing in devices for cochlear implants
www.tecear.com

Suppliers of assistive listening devices
www.audiolinks.com
www.westone.com
www.halhen.com/cgi-bin/products.cgi

Information about captioned telephones
http://captel.com/states/california

Information about a deaf telecommunications program
http://ddtp.cpuc.ca.gov/homepage.aspx

Information on how to apply for a phone for use with the previous telecommunications program
http://ddtp.cpuc.ca.gov/apply.aspx

FM Educational Amplification Manufacturers

Phonic Ear personal and classroom FM systems
www.phonicear.com

Phonak personal FM systems
www.phonak.com

Audio Enhancement classroom and personal sound field FM systems
www.audioenhancement.com

Improving Classroom Acoustics

Classroom Acoustics homepage
www.classroomacoustics.com

Classroom Acoustics Coalition information
www.nonoise.org/quietnet/qc

Patient Advocacy/Support Groups

Advanced Bionics support group that allows for mentoring by existing families to new implant users and families
www.advancedbionics.com/com/en/get_connected/bea.html

Advanced Bionic chat group for implant users and their families
www.advancedbionics.com/com/en/get_connected/hearingjourney.html

Equipment Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting with Cochlear Corporation
www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/au/home/support/cochlear-implant-systems/nucleus-5-system/troubleshooting-nucleus-system/troubleshooting-nucleus-system

Troubleshooting with Advanced Bionics
www.advancedbionics.com/com/en/support/troubleshooting_guides.html

Mel-El Troubleshooting
www.medel.com/us/user-support-troubleshooting/