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Cochlear Implant Companies | Organizations and Associations for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing | Modes of Communication and Education | Assistive Technology | Websites of Interest | Professional Organizations

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Cochlear Implant Companies

  1. Advanced Bionics
  2. Cochlear Corporation
  3. Med-El

Organizations and Associations for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  1. The Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA)
    The only nonprofit organization in Maryland solely dedicated to meeting the speech, language, and hearing needs of children and adults.
  2. The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    An international membership organization on hearing loss and spoken language approaches and related issues.
  3. Association of Late-Deafened Adults
    Works collaboratively with other organizations around the world serving the needs of late-deafened people and extends a welcome to everyone, late deafened or not, who supports our goals.
  4. My Baby's Hearing
    Website for parents regarding identification of hearing loss and what can be done to help their children.
  5. National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
    DB-LINK is federally funded information and referral service that identifies, coordinates, and disseminates (at no cost) information related to children and youth who are deaf-blind (ages 0 to 21 years). Four organizations have pooled their expertise into a consortium-based clearinghouse.
  6. The League for the Hard of Hearing
    The League for the Hard of Hearing provides hearing rehabilitation and human services for people who are hard of hearing or deaf, andtheir families, regardless of age, ability to pay, or mode of communication, and by striving to empower consumers to achieve their potential.
  7. The National Association of the Deaf
    NAD is the oldest and largest constituency organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications.
  8. Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
    SHHH is a consumer, educational organization devoted to the welfare and interests of those who cannot hear well, their relatives, and friends. SHHH has 12,000 National members and 9,000 chapter members in all 50 states.
  9. Council for Exceptional Children
    The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
  10. Exceptional Parent
    EP's on-line resource, provides information, support, ideas, encouragement and outreach for parents, families, organizations, healthcare professionals and educators serving the special needs and disabilities community.

  11. Federation for Children with Special Needs
    The Mission of the Federation for Children with Special Needs is to provide information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.
  12. National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
    NICHCY's Web site provides information about specific disabilities, special education and related services for children in school, individualized education programs, parent materials, disability organizations, professional associations, education rights and what the law requires, early intervention services for infants and toddlers, and transition to adult life.
  13. TASH
    TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.
  14. American Society of Deaf Children
    ASDC is a national, independent non-profit organization whose purpose is providing support, encouragement, and information to families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  15. National Parent Education Network
    The mission of NPEN is to provide access to research-based information about the process of parenting, and about family involvement in education. We believe that well-informed families are likely to make good decisions about raising and educating their children.
  16. World Federation of the Deaf
    WFD is the international non-governmental organization representing Deaf people worldwide. A non-profit organization, WFD works for human rights and equal opportunity for Deaf people everywhere. WFD promotes the right of Deaf people to use sign language to access education, information and all other spheres of life.

Modes of Communication and Education

  1. Guide to Deafness/Hard of Hearing
    Provides information and resources for people with hearing disabilities.
  2. Maryland Relay
    With Maryland Relay, people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech disabled can easily communicate through TTY (text telephone) with anyone using a standard phone!
  3. The National Cued Speech Association
    An organization that promotes utilizing cued speech as a communication mode.
  4. Oral Deaf Education
    Oral Deaf Education provides information and resources.
  5. The River School
    The River School provides successful educational experiences for children and their families by uniting the best practices of early childhood education and oral deaf education; and to promote clinical research and training in child language literacy.
  6. Scientific Learning
    Scientific Learning combines the latest advances in brain research and proprietary technology to create programs, products and services that develop learning and communication skills.
  7. Senior Citizen's Guide
    Designed to help older adults and those with aging parents or family members find localized articles and resources featuring everything from retirement living, caregiver issues, and home care to entertainment, volunteerism and more!
  8. John Tracy Clinic
    The John Tracy clinic's mission is to offer hope, guidance and encouragement to families of infants and preschool children with hearing losses by providing free, parent-centered services worldwide.

Assistive Technology

  1. Learning Independence Through Computers
    Learning Independence Through Computers (LINC) is a non-profit computer resource center that provides opportunities for people with disabilities, their families, professionals, and members of the business community to explore adaptive technology, computer systems, software, and the Internet.
    ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States
  3. Maryland Technology Assistance Program
    MD TAP provides numerous services, including the Assistive Technology Guaranteed Loan Program, established through legislation, which enables people who might ordinarily be denied under a bank's stringent lending criteria to get a loan and to get it significantly below the current lending rate. TAP also provides an Equipment Loan Program and Equipment Display Centers where equipment and devices are displayed and demonstrated to consumers.

Websites of Interest

  1. A Basic Dictionary of American Sign Language Terms
    This dictionary has both animated and text definitions. The text definitions also have letter or number sign images to aid in visualizing the sign. This will allow you to quickly locate a word, read how to sign the word, and choose to view the animated sign.
  2. Audible converts audiobooks and other spoken audio programs into digital files that can be downloaded onto your computer over the internet and enjoyed in a variety of ways.

Professional Organizations

  1. The American Academy of Audiology
    The worlds largest professional organization of, for and by audiologists
  2. American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
    ASHAs mission is to ensure that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders have access to quality services to help them communicate effectively. ASHA is the governing body for speech language pathologists and audiologists.
  3. American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
    The Academy represents more than 10,000 otolaryngologist--head and neck surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.
  4. American Hearing Research Foundation
    The American Hearing Research Foundation serves two vital roles: to fund significant research in hearing and balance disorders, and to help educate the public.
  5. American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association
    ADARA strives to be the leader among professional organizations in transforming the paradigm of rehabilitation of Deaf people to enhancing the quality of life with people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  6. The Better Hearing Institute
    The Better Hearing Institute was created to promote hearing healthcare across the United States. This organization empowers professionals to help individuals with hearing loss and be a source of knowledgeable information to the public about hearing loss.
  7. International Hearing Society
    The International Hearing Society (IHS) is the nonprofit, professional association that represents Hearing Instrument Specialists® in the United States, Canada, Japan and several other countries.
  8. National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
    NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.
  9. The Children's Hearing Institute
    The Children's Hearing Institute (CHI) is a private foundation established in 1983 by Simon C. Parisier, MD, a pioneer in hearing loss and chochlear implant research and surgery. The web site, available in English and Spanish, features high quality information on cochlear implants and hearing loss and an extensive Patient and Family Resource Guide highlighting organizations, educational resources, emotional/social development, support groups, insurance information, advocacy resources, annotated research articles, and online forums on all aspects of cochlear implants and hearing loss.
  10. National Information Center on Deafness -- Clerc Center
    The Clerc Center has been mandated by congress to develop, evaluate, and disseminate innovative curricula, instructional techniques and strategies, and materials. The aim of the Clerc Center is to improve the quality of education for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth from birth through age 21.

If you would like to make an appointment or talk to an Audiologist, please call the Hearing and Balance Center at 410-328-5947.