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Patient Stories

Meet some of our former patients whose lives have changed after receiving a cochlear implant at Johns Hopkins.

Four of Tracy and Josh Huegel's five children were either born deaf or became deaf as a baby. Meet the family who received the gift of hearing at the Johns Hopkins Listening Center.

Meet Carol Rudy, a grandmother who got a new lease on life when she received a cochlear implantation at the age of 72.

Tips for Living With a Cochlear Implant

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about cochlear implantation, device activation, and auditory rehabilitation.

Read these tips to improve your hearing success after cochlear implantation surgery. Use these tips if you are a caregiver to a cochlear implant recipient.


About Hearing Loss: A Video Series
Produced by the Hearing Loss Association of America.

Blake Wilson Seminar on Cochlear Implants

Cochlear Implant Companies

Advanced Bionics (
Cochlear Americas (
Med-El (

Cochlear Implant Websites

American Cochlear Implant Alliance
ACI Alliance unites the medical community, patients, families, advocates and other professionals to improve the acceptance of and access to cochlear implants for one simple reason: to help enrich people's lives even fuller.

Center for Hearing and Communication
The Center for the Hard of Hearing's mission is to improve the quality of life for infants, children and adults with all degrees of hearing loss. It accomplishes its mission by providing hearing rehabilitation and human services for people who are hard of hearing or deaf, and their families, regardless of age, ability to pay, or mode of communication, and by striving to empower consumers to achieve their potential

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.

The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
NCDB is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for children and youth who are deaf-blind. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), NCDB builds on the technical assistance activities of NTAC, the information services and dissemination activities of DB-LINK and adds a third focus related to personnel training.

Hearing Loss Association of America
HLA is a consumer, educational organization devoted to the welfare and interests of those who cannot hear well, their relatives, and friends.

The Lasker Foundation
Watch an interview with three cochlear implant pioneers (Graeme M. Clark, Ingeborg Hochmair and Blake S. Wilson.

The Maryland Cued Speech Association
The Maryland Cued Speech Association (MDCSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of children and adults in the state of Maryland to utilize and have access to Cued Speech in all settings.

The National Cued Speech Association
An organization that promotes utilizing cued speech as a communication mode.

Oral Deaf Education
Oral Deaf Education provides information and resources.

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. - 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.

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.

The American Academy of Audiology
The worlds largest professional organization of, for and by audiologists

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.

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.

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University
The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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