The ListenUp Web

The ListenUp Web is an excellent Web site with extensive links to other sites about cochlear implants.

Sound and Fury Web site

This is a Web site surrounding a documentary on cochlear implants called Sound and Fury. This film addresses the decision and struggle of two branches of a family as they decide whether or not to implant their children. This site includes discussion of the debate surrounding implantation of young children and the Deaf cultural perspective on cochlear implants. Lesson plans are provided to teach middle and high school students about hearing, cochlear implants, and communication. Links are provided to a variety of resources on cochlear implants, Deaf culture, and sign language.

Navigating a Forest of Information: One Tree At a Time…

This E-document is designed to assist parents and educators in navigating the extensive forest of information available on cochlear implants. The site is divided into modules on specific topics related to cochlear implants. It provides information within each topic and directs the reader to additional resources. This site is easy to navigate and provides information on topics often not covered via other websites (education and communication, role of sign language). The site is also available in Spanish.

Web sites that simulate listening through a cochlear implant:


CI Hear began as an internet listserv created to support anyone interested in cochlear implants. The website still provides a listserv but also offers links to CI Stories, Bilateral CI information, Medical Information, Implant Manufacturers, Auditory Therapy, Resources, Support, and Surgery.

Help Kids

This website was founded by Tony & Alisa Hake, the parents of two hard of hearing children. It is designed to help parents of hard of hearing and deaf children by providing users with the latest news, commentary, and resources. There is also a discussion forum where parents can read and post questions about hearing loss across a wide variety of categories. The section on cochlear implants provides information on how a cochlear implant works, getting a cochlear implants, and links.

Children with Cochlear Implants Who Sign: Guidelines for Transitioning to Oral Education or a Mainstream Setting

This E-document contains guidelines that were developed from round table discussions among audiologists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, and teachers of the deaf who were convened by the Boston Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and the Cochlear Implant Center of Children’s Hospital of Boston, MA. These guidelines are intended to facilitate discussion and decisions by families and professionals regarding appropriate educational settings for children with cochlear implants. It provides checklists for two age groups: young children under 5 years of age and students 5 years of age and older to evaluate competencies for transition from manual to oral instruction.

A Website For Teenagers

This interactive and fun website is designed for teenagers. It offers teen testimonials as well as useful information on hearing loss and cochlear implants.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Cochlear Implants

The FDA regulates manufactures of cochlear implants. The purpose of this website is to describe cochlear implants, link to FDA approved implants, tell the benefits and risks of cochlear implants, and provide news about cochlear implant recalls and safety issues. There is also information on what educators of implant users need to know, what happens before, during, and after surgery, and where to report problems.

Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation Resources

Provides resource links to Manufacturers, Organizations, Informational Sites, Email Groups, Assistive Devices, Hearing Dogs, and Accessories/Miscellaneous.

The Children’s Hearing Institute (CHI)

The Children’s Hearing Institute (CHI) is a private, nonprofit foundation that was established in 1983 by Simon C. Parisier, MD, a pioneer in hearing loss and cochlear implant research and surgery. The CHI web site is available in English and Spanish. It features information on cochlear implants and hearing loss, an In The News section, and an extensive Patient and Family Resource Guide highlighting organizations, web sites, educational resources,

emotional/social development, support groups, insurance information, online articles, advocacy resources, recommended books/videos/CD’s, online tools, annotated research articles, and online forums related to cochlear implants and hearing loss.