What is a Cochlear Implant?

According to the NYU Cochlear Implant Center, "a hearing aid amplifies incoming sound but there must be functioning hair cells and an intact nerve to transmit that amplified signal to the central auditory pathways. A cochlear implant, on the other hand, attempts to replace a function lost by the cochlea, usually due to an absence of stimulable hair cells." Click on the following websites below to learn more about assistive technologies such as cochlear implants and current topics of interest in the deaf and hard of hearing communities.

National Association of the Deaf

Established in 1880 by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is an education and advocacy organization committed to promotion, protection, and preservation of the rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The website offers position papers on an assortment of topics including assistive technologies and legal briefs on the rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

A.G. Bell Association

Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, A.G. Bell aims to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society. The website includes links to programs and workshops for the parents of deaf children, links to e- learning courses for professionals in the field of deaf education, and information about the group's active service group program for deaf and hard of hearing adults.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Established in 1988, the NIDCD conducts and supports biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. This page on 'Hearing, Ear Infections, and Deafness' includes links to briefs on cochlear implants, tips for new parents, descriptions of ear diseases and conditions, and a directory of organizations that offer information on communication disorders.

'The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa'

by Josh Swiller, 2007. ISBN: 9780805082104.

'Seeing Voices'

by Oliver Sacks, 1989. ISBN: 9780520060838.

'Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World'

by Michael Chorost, 2006. ISBN 9780618717606

'Deaf World: A Historical Reader and Primary Sourcebook'

Edited by Lois Bragg, 2001. ISBN: 9780814798539

'A Phone of Our Own: The Deaf Insurrection Against Ma Bell'

by Harry G. Lang. Gallaudet University Press, 2000. ISBN: 9781563680908

'Hear Again: Back to Life with a Cochlear Implant'

by Arlene Romoff, 1999. ISBN: 9780967784304

'Buddhas in Disguise: Deaf People of Nepal'

by Irene Taylor, 1997. ISBN: 9780915035595