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Everything you should know about Cochlear Implants – Sun Sept 25

September 8, 2016 in Community News


What are they? What do they do? Who is a candidate? And are they something you, or a friend or family member should consider? Come learn from our distinguished speakers.

Please open the attachment for program details.  Also please note that we are asking for an RSVP anticipating that there is likely to be wide interest in this program.

Sunday, September 25 @ 2 – 4 PM

DC Public Library at Tenleytown/large meeting room 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
(less than a block from Tenleytown Metro Station/Red Line) Nearby on-street parking



Was my deaf baby ‘disabled’? If so, I felt an overwhelming urge to fix her

March 25, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



the guardian – Health Opinion
March 24, 2016
By Belinda Barnet

The deaf community doesn’t see deafness as pathology in need of a cure which, as an Australian mother writes, creates a terrible conflict for parents wanting to ‘fix’ a child

Laura’s first word wasn’t “mama” or “dada” – it was “up”. I couldn’t believe my ear at first (I’m profoundly deaf on one side). Our baby, implanted with cochlear implants at 11 months old, was now talking. That first word came at 15 months. I’d spent the last 14 months crouched on the carpet trying to coax any sound at all to issue from her lips.

Like a spectre of the future, this first word predicted her language trajectory over the next year: her vocabulary exploded to over 400 words by the age of two. She is now three, blue-eyed, blonde-haired, with an annoying tendency to sing Disney songs when I’m on the freeway. Her language is “in normal range” – this means she speaks as any other hearing three year old might speak.

It also means I can stop and reflect on what just happened. I don’t think I breathed for the first two years of her life; it was a blur of medical appointments, bad news, waiting rooms, “auditory brainstem response” caps larded with electrodes, and more bad news.

Then there is the conflict that ate away at me for months: was this cherubic little person “disabled”? If so, I felt an overwhelming compulsion to “fix” her.

Read more . . . ‘disabled’?

Language in Motion & Students /Cochlear Implants: Guidelines for Educational Program Planning

March 22, 2016 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness


WEBINAR – Online

Setting Language in Motion and Students with Cochlear Implants: Guidelines for Educational Program Planning
Presented by
Terrell Clark, Ph.D., Boston Children’s Hospital
Katie Prins McCarthy, MBA, Harvard University

April 20, 2016, 4:00 PM EDT

Register now for “Setting Language in Motion and Students with Cochlear Implants: Guidelines for Educational Program Planning” on April. 20, 2016 4:00 PM EDT at:

Two new resources will be introduced by the presenters:

Setting Language in Motion:  Family Supports and Early Intervention for Babies Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a collaborative effort between the Clerc Center and Boston Children’s Hospital for early intervention providers, educators of children who are deaf/hh, early childhood educators, parents and other caregivers.  Presenters will discuss the seven modules now available online that share information critical to promoting early language acquisition for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Students with Cochlear Implants: Guidelines for Educational Planning is a tool designed to facilitate planning discussions surrounding the educational supports and services essential for each students using cochlear implant technology.

This one hour webinar can be accessed from any location. A certificate of participation will be provided for those who complete a short survey at the conclusion.

Wednesday Webinars are sponsored by Outreach Services of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.

Debbie Pfeiffer, Ed.D.
Director, Outreach Services

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from GoToWebinar containing information about joining the webinar.

DOWNLOAD – Setting Lang in Motion and CI Guidelines for Ed Planning Ap 20, 2016 FLYER

Living in Between the Deaf and Hearing Worlds

March 9, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Loss & Deafness


With cochlear implants, people can turn the noise around them on and off at will.

The Atlantic
MAR 7, 2016

My son travels between silence and sound each day.

He received his first cochlear implant when he was a year old. Now in middle school, he’s spent almost his whole life with the ability to turn off the world’s noise at will. In the morning, he attaches the external magnets of his cochlear implants to each side of his head, where they transmit sound from the microphones and speech processors worn over his ears. The electrode arrays in each of his cochleae then stimulate the auditory nerve, and zap, he “hears.”

With his implant, he’s become part of a new generation of profoundly deaf kids who are assimilated into the mainstream hearing world. In 1989, the Food and Drug Administration approved cochlear implants for children aged 2 years or older; in 2000, the agency green-lit implants for kids as young as 12 months. In the wake of those approvals, thousands of parents like me—with no connection to Deaf culture or knowledge of American Sign Language—have opted to have their children receive implants. (More than 90 percent of congenitally deaf babies are born to typical-hearing parents.)

Read more . . . Living in Between

Improved cochlear implants could be developed based on hearing loss study

May 19, 2015 in Research, Technology



International Business Times
By Jayalakshmi K

A landmark study that unveils the biological process of how the brain balances the hearing between two ears to localise sound and hear in noisy conditions could help improvise cochlear implants and hearing aids.

University of New South Wales researchers have discovered the crucial role played by a group of auditory nerve fibres in the hearing process.

The “olivocochlear” hearing control reflex links the cochlea of each ear via the brain’s auditory control centre to help discriminate between noise and sound.

When sound intensity increases, the olivocochlear reflex turns down the “cochlear amplifier” to balance the input of each ear for optimal hearing and to protect hearing.

“Our hearing is so sensitive that we can hear a pin drop and that’s because of the ‘cochlear amplifier’ in our inner ear. This stems from outer hair cells in the cochlea which amplify sound vibrations,” says UNSW Professor Gary Housley.

Read More  . . . Improved cochlear implants

Cochlear Implant Symposium-Washington DC – Oct. 15-17

March 19, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology



For more details, visit

The Symposium is being hosted by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implants through research, advocacy, and awareness. 

Cochlear Recipient to Compete on This Season of Survivor!

February 24, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News





It’s time to find your inner adventurer (or at least your inner cheerleader) because one of our very own recipients is set to participate in this season of the hit CBS show ‘Survivor’.

Los Angeles-based Cochlear™ Nucleus® 6 System recipient Nina Poersch is breaking stereotypes for all people living with hearing loss and is showing the world that nothing should hold you back from anything you set your mind to. She is not only able to “survive” thanks to her Nucleus 6 Sound Processor, she is able to thrive both at home and in the wild. Read Nina’s ‘Survivor’ cast profile here.

We encourage you to support Nina by tuning into the show – and ask your friends and family to do the same! It airs on CBS every Wednesday, starting February 25th. Check your local listings for correct stations and times in your area, and don’t forget to set your DVRs!

Stay in touch with Nina’s adventures through weekly updates on our Cochlear Facebookand Twitter pages and be sure to follow the hashtag #TeamNina.

Congratulations Nina and best of luck on the show!

Original Posting

Nina Poersch Profile

FDA Approves WaterWear for MED-EL’s RONDO

December 11, 2014 in Technology



Completely submergible cover allows full moisture protection with the freedom of an all-in-one cochlear implant audio processor

Herald Online
December 11, 2014

 — MED-EL USA announced today the FDA approval of the WaterWear fully waterproof cover for the all-in-one RONDO Audio Processor. The remarkably thin WaterWear will not compromise microphone performance, so RONDO recipients can be in and around water while enjoying excellent hearing performance. The sleek, skin-tight cover is engineered for optimal comfort. WaterWear will be available in early 2015. The announcement was made at the 14thSymposium on Cochlear Implants in Children in Nashville, Tenn.

WaterWear packs include three covers, each of which can be used up to three times. The covers can be worn for up to  . . .

Cochlear Implant Also Uses Gene Therapy to Improve Hearing

August 1, 2014 in Research, Technology



MIT Technology Review
By Katherine Bourzac
Article Source

The electrodes in a cochlear implant can be used to direct gene therapy and regrow neurons.

Researchers have demonstrated a new way to restore lost hearing: with a cochlear implant that helps the auditory nerve regenerate by delivering gene therapy.

The researchers behind the work are investigating whether electrode-triggered gene therapy could improve other machine-body connections—for example, the deep-brain stimulation probes that are used to treat Parkinson’s disease, or retinal prosthetics.

More than 300,000 people worldwide have cochlear implants. The devices are implanted in patients who are profoundly deaf, having lost most or all of the ear’s hair cells, which detect sound waves through mechanical vibrations, and convert those vibrations into electrical signals that are picked up by neurons in the auditory nerve and passed along to the brain. Cochlear implants use up to 22 platinum electrodes to stimulate the auditory nerve; the devices make a tremendous difference for people but they restore only a fraction of normal hearing.

“Cochlear implants are very effective for picking up speech, but they struggle to reproduce pitch, spectral range, and dynamics,” says Gary Housley, a neuroscientist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, who led development of the new implant.

Read more . . .

Two ears are better than one

August 1, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research



Medical Press, Australia
by Anne Rahilly
Article Source

Hearing-impaired children fitted with a second cochlear implant (CI) early in life, have significantly better outcomes in aspects of their communication and learning.

A five-year research study from the University of Melbourne shows that bilateral  implantation resulted in improved language, social development, and academic outcomes for children.

Lead researcher, Dr Julia Sarant from the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology said there are improved learning outcomes as well as, community cost benefits and greatly improved quality of life for hearing-impaired children.

“Children in this study with bilateral CIs developed vocabulary and spoken language significantly faster than children with only one CI. This has enormous implications for their long-term future,” she said.

Severe-profound congenital hearing loss is a significant cost to society. In 2005, specialised education cost on average $25,000 per child, loss of productivity cost $6.7 billion, and social security benefits were paid to approximately 129,000 individuals who were unemployed due to hearing loss

The study was conducted across Victoria, NSW, Qld, SA, and New Zealand, involving cochlear implant clinics and early intervention centres with over 160 children.

Recently, the NZ Health Department recommended a change of the current federal funding policy in favour of having all hearing-impaired  under the age of six years fitted with bilateral implants.

“I was asked to consult with policy makers in NZ and I am pleased they have noted these findings and made the appropriate changes,” said Dr Sarant.


Research Finds Positive Long-term Outcomes of Cochlear Implantation

November 27, 2013 in Research

Research finds positive long-term outcomes of cochlear implantation

From Penn State Brandywine Campus, 11/26/2013

Penn State Brandywine Assistant Professor of Psychology Daniela Martin is on the frontline of significant, unique research.  With the first generation of cochlear implant recipients reaching adulthood, Martin and her colleagues are out to discover the long-term psychological outcomes of this relatively new medical procedure.

A cochlear implant is a small electronic device surgically implanted into the inner ear that provides a sense of sound to those who are profoundly deaf or who are hearing impaired.

Because of today’s cochlear implant technology; profoundly deaf children frequently attend mainstream schools with children who have normal hearing, which wasn’t always an option in the past.

Read more . . . →

New Algorithm Helps Cochlear Implants Detect Music

October 22, 2013 in Community News



New Algorithm Helps Cochlear Implants Detect Music

By Joel N. Shurkin, Inside Science 10/21/2013


People who have cochlear implants placed in their heads had often never heard a sound in their lives before their implant. Once the device is placed, they can experience hearing, and often can even understand human speech.

Hearing music, however, has remained out of reach.

But now, researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have developed an algorithm that vastly improves the sound quality of existing implants to the point where music sounds like something other than a random clamor.

Read the full story at:


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Participate in Adult Cochlear Implant Study at NVRC

August 8, 2013 in Community News, Research

Adult Cochlear Implant Users Needed for Study on Benefits of Post-Implantation Training

What is the Study’s Purpose?

This study is looking at the effectiveness of training for adults who have received cochlear implants.  We would like to determine whether a special training program can help cochlear implant users improve their understanding of speech and communication in daily life.

Who Can Participate?

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, post-lingually deafened (onset of hearing loss after having learned spoken language), fluent in English, and have had their cochlear implant between 3 months and 3 years.

Read more . . . →

Cochlear Implant Users Needed for Study at NVRC and HLAA

July 31, 2013 in Community News, Research

Cochlear Implant Users Needed to Participate in a Study of Video Telephone Services for Lipreading at the HLAA and NVRC 

Direct video telephone calls permit you to see your calling partner while you are talking with them on the phone.

A study is being conducted by Gallaudet University to investigate the level of quality that will lead to effective use of video telephone services for lipreading by people with hearing loss.

Each test session lasts one hour.  Testing will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on:

Wednesday, August 21 at NVRC, 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030, and Thursday, August 22 at HLAA, 7919 Woodmont Ave., Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Individuals who are interested in participating:

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older,
  2. must be a daily cochlear implant user,
  3. must be fluent in English,
  4. must use the telephone (rather than TTY, Video Relay Services or Text-Based IP Relay) regularly for most of their calls, and
  5. must have normal or near normal (20/30 corrected) vision and no eye disease. (If you use reading glasses, please bring them with you.)

You will be paid $20 for your participation.

Contact Paula Tucker at if you would like to participate at either location.

This study has been approved by the Gallaudet University Institutional Review Board.

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Cochlear Implant Users – Earn $20 for 1-Hour Study at NVRC on August 21!

July 30, 2013 in Community News, Research, Technology


videoPhone$$$$$    Earn $20!!!    $$$$$





Wednesday, August 21, 2013,
from 10 am – 5 pm at NVRC

Contact Paula Tucker for more information.


Gallaudet University , Technology Access Program
This study has been approved by the
Gallaudet University Institutional Review Board





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