The Cochlear Implant Resource

Powerful Stories and Information on CIs and Hearing Loss

Here, you’ll find stories written by CI experts, CI recipients, or parents of children with CIs, about their hearing journey and helpful articles on hearing loss and cochlear implant technology. We hope this blog will become a source of information and  inspiration as you embark on your own hearing journey to better hearing.



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It Will All Be OK

Steve Cook, Tue, 31 Mar 2020

Our journey from learning our baby has hearing loss to hearing aids and cochlear implants.

How our Mainstream School Embraced our Child and her Cochlear Implants

Helen Tinsman, M.S. CCC-SLP, Fri, 13 Mar 2020

Emmy was born with a profound hearing loss. Hearing aids were providing very little benefit and we quickly realized we needed a better solution. Our family decided that the right fit for Emmy was to pursue a cochlear implant.

Why a cochlear implant was the right choice for my spouse and our family

Kevin Ellis, Fri, 13 Mar 2020

My wife Carol has had hearing loss most of her life. She now uses a bimodal solution, with a cochlear implant in one ear and a hearing aid in the other. As with many families where hearing loss plays a big part of everyday life, our story was one of making do and getting by until we couldn’t any longer.

Why I Wish I Got Cochlear Implants Sooner

Carrie A. Leising, MA, Fri, 13 Mar 2020

I received my first cochlear implant (CI) in 2013 on my left ear and in 2018 in my right ear. But I wish that I had gotten them sooner. What I learned was that this is a regret shared by most people with CI’s. When asked why they waited, they say it’s because of all the unknowns of a cochlear implant that overwhelm them when making this decision.

What is a Cochlear Implant?

Julia Biedenstein, MS, LSLS Cert. AVEd , Thu, 12 Mar 2020

Treatments for hearing loss have come a long way in the past 25 years. But one thing that has not changed is that the two most successful options for treating hearing loss continue to be hearing aids and cochlear implants. These two solutions help people hear in very different ways.