CNI Center for Hearing
Outreach & Support
Often, the best support for a patient or family member facing the issues of hearing loss is to talk to another person who has dealt with the same challenges. Support Groups, such as the Adults with Cochlear Implants Group and the Teen Thing for adolescents with hearing loss, meet regularly to provide these opportunities. The Adult Group is facilitated by a licensed mental health professional and the Teen Thing is coordinated by a licensed pediatric implant audiologist. A sign language interpreter or real-time captioning is offered at the meetings to enhance understanding and maximize communication. Administrative costs to run these meetings include a modest stipend paid to the captioners and facilitators, and the minor expense for light refreshments.
If you are interested in learning more about our support groups, please contact Judith Stucky at 303-806-7416 or by e-mail.
Additional Support Groups
"Nucleus Forum" by Cochlear Americas
An online mailing list where people who are considering a cochlear implant or have a cochlear implant can converse, via e-mail, about topics related to the cochlear implant experience. Join Community Connections and select Join Nucleus Forum. You can request postings to be sent to you either in "Immediate" or "Digest" format. Unless you have the Immediate postings forwarded to a file, receiving each posting as they come can rapidly fill up your e-mail inbox. Website
"Bionic Ear Association" by Advanced Bionics Corporation
An online organization of people who use cochlear implant technology, those who are evaluating the technology and hearing health professionals. Members can be placed in contact with other people and families with similar backgrounds, such as location, cause of hearing loss, age, etc. Website
"Hearing Companions" by Med-El Corporation
An online resource to help cochlear implant candidates get in touch with cochlear implant recipients and benefit from their valuable knowledge and experience. Website
Hearing Loss Association of America
Formerly known as SHHH (Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People), the Hearing Loss Association of America provides information, education, support and advocacy. Find a local chapter at HLAA. Website