FDA Information on Cochlear Implants – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.

Hearing First – At Hearing First, we want all children to benefit from the availability of newborn hearing screening and for parents to learn the status of their baby’s hearing first. Hearing is a foundational building block for children to learn to listen and talk, become healthy readers, and perform well in school.

Today, children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and talk and can achieve learning and literacy outcomes on par with their hearing friends. The earlier a child with hearing loss is identified, amplified, and receiving help, the more opportunities that child will have. We want all children to have the opportunity to take advantage of access to sound – a critical building block for future success. We are dedicated to powering potential.

Hearing Loss Web Resource– This website was developed by two individuals with hearing loss who wanted to provide support for hard of hearing and late deafened people.

How to know if you and your child have a qualified auditory verbal therapist – An auditory-based therapist can consist of three professionals: audiologist, speech-language pathologist and/or a teacher of the hearing impaired. However, it is important to know that not everyone in these professions has received training and/or has experience in developing spoken language through listening. As parents, you are the most important advocates for your child. You must ensure that the therapist/teacher working with your child is qualified. This document contains information to help you ask questions.

Listening Activity Websites – A list of web sites that have a variety of listening activities. Adapted by Melissa Hall, MA, CCC-SP from Kuster, JM. (2009). Do You Hear What I Hear? – Listening Activities, The ASHA Leader, p. 26-27.

The Listening Room – The Listening Room is a steady stream of FREE activities and resources to support the development of speech, language and listening skills of children, adolescent, and adult cochlear implant recipients. – A STAFF FAVORITE!

Love and Logic Institute – The Love and Logic Institute and its sister company, School Consultant Services, are dedicated to making parenting and teaching fun and rewarding, instead of stressful and chaotic. We provide practical tools and techniques that help adults achieve respectful, healthy relationships with their children. All of our work is based on a psychologically sound parenting and teaching philosophy called Love and Logic. Children learn the best lessons when they’re given a task and allowed to make their own choices (and fail) when the cost of failure is still small. Children’s failures must be coupled with love and empathy from their parents and teachers. This practical and straightforward philosophy is backed with 20 years of experience. Parents can apply it immediately to a wide range of situations instead of struggling with difficult counseling procedures.

My Baby’s Hearing – This website was created to answer parents’ questions about infant hearing screening and follow up testing; steps to take after diagnosis of hearing loss; hearing loss, hearing aids, language and speech; and parenting issues.

NIDCD – The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is one of the Institutes that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH is the Federal government’s focal point for the support of biomedical research. NIH’s mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. Simply described, the goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

PICK – Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus (PICK) is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and prevention of kernicterus (KI) as well as support and research for families affected by KI.

SoundScape – Interactive listening program from Med El.

Tax Tips for the Deaf – Website from TurboTax. One in five Americans has a severe hearing loss, yet may not be aware of the special tax deductions and credits allowed by the Internal Revenue Service. Knowing about these deductions and credits can help you know which receipts and paperwork to save so you can claim them on your taxes.

TEACCH – Division TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped CHildren) as a part of the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides services to individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families throughout North Carolina. Established in 1972 by the North Carolina General Assembly, TEACCH has grown to become a world leader both in the treatment and education of individuals with this disorder, and also in the training and education of current and future generations of professionals who provide services to individuals with this disability.

Web MD CI Information – This services enable consumers to obtain detailed information on a particular disease or condition, analyze symptoms, locate physicians, store individual healthcare information, receive periodic e-newsletters on topics of individual interest, enroll in interactive courses and participate in online communities with peers.

What it takes (For children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to develop spoken language through listening) – Your child who is deaf or hard-of-hearing CAN learn to talk!