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Useful Websites for Information on Hearing Loss*


Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA)

www.audiologist.org
1020 Monarch Street, Suite 300 B, Lexington, KY, 40513 (859) 977-7441
The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), founded in 1976, provides valuable resources to the private practitioner in audiology and to other audiology professionals who have responsibility for quality patient care and business operations. ADA strives to be the leader in professional development, high ethical standards, career enhancement, practice improvement, and student outreach.


Across America Hearing Screening

www.betterhearing.org/hearing_loss/online_hearing_test/index.cfm

This link connects to an online hearing screening questionnaire. It is a means of quickly assessing if you possibly have hearing loss requiring referral for an professional hearing test and possible hearing solution. Step #1 you respond to 15 items related to your hearing; step #2 you score your hearing screening results; step #3 you compare your screening results to more than 2,000 adults with hearing loss. This online hearing test is not equivalent to a valid hearing test performed by a hearing health professional.


Advanced Bionics, Corp.

www.bionicear.com

25129 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia, CA 91355 (800) 678-2575
The only US cochlear implant manufacturer; a leading innovator of bionic devices for people with hearing loss and neurological disorders.


American Academy of Audiology (AAA)

www.audiology.org
11480 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 200, Reston, VA 20191 (800) AAA-2336
With more than 10,000 members, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) is the world's largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists. Dedicated to providing quality hearing care to the public, AAA enhances the ability of its members to achieve career and practice objectives through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders and audiologic services. AAA provides leaflets, brochures and educational materials the public at no charge (some are available in Spanish) as well as a "Find An Audiologist" listing of their members on thier website by city, state and specialty interest.


American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS)

www.entnet.org
1650 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, VA, 22314-2857 (703) 836-4444
The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is the world's largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy represents more than 12,000 otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of those areas. The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) strives to unite, serve, and represent the interests of ear, nose, and throat medical specialists and their patients to the public, government, other medical specialists, and related organizations. AAO-HNS provides leaflets and geographic lists of physicians and to the public at no charge (some are available in Spanish).


American Society for Deaf Children

www.deafchildren.org
800 Florida Avenue, NE, #2047, Washington, DC, 20002-3695
The American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) supports and educates families of deaf and hard-of-hearing children, and advocates for high-quality programs and services. This parent-helping-parent organization provides support, encouragement, and information to families raising children with hearing loss. The staff is often able to refer callers to knowledgeable individuals who live or work nearby to foster networking on a local level.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

www.asha.org
2200 Research Blvd., Rockville, MD, 20850 (800) 638-8255
The mission of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is to promote the interests of and provide the highest quality services for professionals in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities. Professional brochures/pamphlets, journals, and professional/consumer online publications are available. Some materials are available in Spanish.


American Tinnitus Association (ATA)

www.ata.org
P.O. Box 5, Portland, OR 97207-0005 (800) 634-8978
The ATA exists to cure tinnitus through the development of resources that advance tinnitus research. ATA funds scientific research and advocates for additional government support of tinnitus research. ATA offers informational resources to help people understand tinnitus and locate treatment centers.


Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell)

www.agbell.org
3417 Volta Place, NW, Washington, DC, 20007-2778 (800) 437-7543
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) helps families, health care providers, and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research, and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk, and thrive. With chapters located throughout the United States and a network of international affiliates, AG Bell supports its mission: advocating independence through listening and talking!


Auditory-Verbal International, Inc.

www.auditory-verbal.org
2121 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 402, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 739-1049 Voice, (703) 739-0874 TTY
This organization provides information on developing the potential for speech and language in children who are hearing-impaired through optimal use of residual hearing.


BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc.

www.ncbegin.org
P.O. Box 17646, Raleigh, NC, 27619
BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc., (BEGINNINGS) provide support and information in an impartial manner to parents and professionals dealing with deaf and hard-of-hearing issues in children. BEGINNINGS also provide impartial information on communication options, placement, and educational programs; workshops for professional personnel who work with children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing; and advocacy and support for young people. Fact sheets, brochures, a parent manual, and reports are available, with some materials in Spanish.


Better Hearing Institute (BHI)

www.betterhearing.org 1444 I Street, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20005 800) 327-9355 Voice and TTY
Founded in 1973, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) conducts research and engages in hearing health education with the goal of helping people with hearing loss benefit from proper treatment. BHI maintains a "Hearing Helpline" telephone service that provides information on hearing loss, sources of assistance, and other hearing help to callers anywhere in the United States and Canada. BHI also publishes periodic studies of the hearing-impaired population based on its survey of 80,000 households. BHI receives funding from the hearing aid industry to support its professional/consumer outreach efforts.


Boys Town National Research Hospital

www.boystownhospital.org     www.babyhearing.org
555 North 30th Street, Omaha, NE, 68131
The Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH) is internationally recognized for clinical service and research into the treatment of childhood deafness and communication disorders. Research is conducted in 20 state-of-the-art laboratories and represents three broad areas: neurobiological studies of hearing; hereditary communication disorders; and clinical, educational, and behavioral studies of human communication.


Central Institute for the Deaf (CID)

www.cid.edu
825 South Taylor Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63110 (314) 977-0000 Voice/TTY
Founded in 1914, the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) is a nonprofit organization that helps deaf children learn to speak, listen, and read with proficiency without the use of sign language. CID provides pediatric audiology; research collaborations; continuing education workshops for professionals; and books, tests, and curricula used to help deaf children throughout the world. CID has a proud history of training professionals and conducting pioneering educational, clinical, and biological research in hearing and deafness. CID is a financially independent affiliate of the Washington University School of Medicine.


Cloud Contact Center Software

www.five9.com/telecommunicating-and-accessibility-issues-for-the-deaf
4000 Executive Parkway, Suite 400, San Ramon, CA 94583 (800) 553-8159)
Provides products, information, solutions, services and helpful resources to aid in telecommunications and computer accessibility for the deaf.


Cochlear Americas

www.cochlear.com
400 Inverness Parkway, Ste. 400, Englewood, CO 80112 (800) 523-5798
Cochlear Limited launched the world's first cochlear implant system more than 20 years ago. Founded in Australia, Cochlear Americas is the company's US Headquarters. This manufacturer of cochlear implants is committed to enhancing the ability to hear sound and understand speech, improving learning capabilities and quality of life for those with hearing loss.


Cochlear Implant Association, Inc./Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation

www.ciafonline.org/connect.html
5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Ste 440, Washington, DC 20015 (202) 895-2781
This Association offers support information and advocacy, as well as local support chapters, for cochlear implant users, candidates, their families, friends, and hearing health professionals; provides public information and cochlear implant center listings, educational training programs, networking and educational information.


Dangerous Decibels

www.dangerousdecibels.org
The Dangerous Decibels project is a public health campaign designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and tinnitus (ringing in the ear) by changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of school-aged children.The project is built upon an innovative collaboration between basic science researchers, clinicians, museum educators, health communication experts, civic leaders, teachers, public health professionals, and volunteers in a unique public/private partnership. Current partners are the Oregon Hearing Research Center at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Portland State University (Department of Health Communications), and University of Northern Colorado.


Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency

www.dcara.org
800 Florida Avenue N.E., Washington, DC 20002 (202) 651-5373 Voice and TTY
The mission of this organization is to promote self-determination, independence, and celebration of American Sign Language among a diverse Deaf community, regardless of their communication background, through its services and programs. DCARA provides the hearing community with information about the Deaf community and working and living with persons who are Deaf, Deaf-blind, Deafened and hard of hearing. This organization includes the National Center for Law and the Deaf to provide legal services and information regarding the civil rights of people who have hearing loss.


Educational Audiology Association (EAA)

www.edaud.org
3030 West 81st Avenue, Westminster, CO 80031 (800) 460-7322
The Educational Audiology Association is an international organization of audiologists and related professionals who deliver a full spectrum of hearing services to all children, particularly those in educational settings. The mission of the Educational Audiology Association is to act as the primary resource and as an active advocate for its members through its publications and products, continuing educational activities, networking opportunities, and other professional endeavors. This professional organization supports educational services to students with hearing loss and/or auditory processing disorders.


Gallaudet University

www.gallaudet.edu
800 Florida Avenue N.E., Washington, DC 20002-3695 (202) 651-5000 Voice and TTY
Gallaudet University, located in the heart of Washington DC – a stone's throw from the nation's capital building – was federally chartered in 1864. This internationally known university is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that awards a full complement of undergraduate and graduate degrees, is dedicated to the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard-of- hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.


The Geoffrey Foundation

Geoffrey Foundation Scholarships
PO Box 1112, Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
The Geoffrey Foundation, located at the National Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY, was founded in 1989 by the parents of a profoundly deaf child, with the mission of providing financial assistance to people who are deaf and use an auditory/verbal method of communication. Applicants must be United States citizens planning to attend a hearing student's college fulltime. The scholarships are awarded in varying amounts.


HARC Mercantile, Ltd.

www.harcmercantile.com
1111 West Centre Avenue, Portage, MI 49024 (800) 445-9968 Voice and TTY
HARC Mercantile is a service-oriented organization that provides hearing amplification, assistive communications products, and accessibility solutions for deaf and hard-of-hearing persons.


Healthy Hearing

www.healthyhearing.com
PO Box 515381 #42919, Los Angeles, CA 90051-6681 (800) 567-1692
A hearing aid information resource to inform and support people with hearing loss through the posting of articles and consumer guides, educational videos, commonly asked questions, and ensuring that all information on healthy hearing is timely, accurate and consistent. Our goal is to provide high quality comprehensive content that is easily understandable.

 

Hearmore

www.hearmore.com
42 Executive Blvd, Farmingdale, NY 11735 (800) 881-4327 Voice and TTY
Hear-More is an on-line internet company that sells all types of independent living products and assistive communication products for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.


Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) (Formerly Self Help for Hard of Hearing People)

www.hearingloss.org
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 657-2248 Voice; (301) 657-2249 TTY
This organization advocates and is politically active on behalf of persons with hearing loss. They provide information and support for people who are hearing impaired and their families. There are many local chapters. Contact the national organization to see if there is a chapter in your area.


John Tracy Clinic

www.jtc.org
806 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90007 (800) 522-4582, (213) 748-5481 Voice, (213) 747-2924 TTY
The John Tracy Clinic provides free services to parents of children (birth to 5 years) with hearing loss. The clinic has more than 60 years of experience in early intervention and the spoken language option. Correspondence courses are available worldwide. Three-week summer sessions are offered. A master's and credential program in teacher education is offered both onsite and online. A professional/consumer newsletter and fact sheets, brochures/ pamphlets, and online publications are available. Most materials are available in Spanish.


Marion Downs Hearing Center

www.mariondowns.com
4200 E. Hale Parkway, Denver, CO 80220 (303) 322-1871
The Marion Downs Hearing Center and the former Denver Center for Hearing, Speech and Language merged in 2014 to create the new Marion Downs Center. The Center provides resources, education, clinical services and research to support the needs of individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, their families, the community and hearing health professionals. The Center values individual and family rights in communication and technology choices, and strives to optimize the quality of life for all it serves.


Med-El Corporation

www.medel.com
2511 Old Cornwallis Rd, Ste. 100, Durham, NC 27713 (888) 633-3524
A medical technology company pioneering cochlear implants technology and research to benefit individuals with severe-to-profound hearing loss.

 

Music-Induced Hearing Loss

http://www.usa-people-search.com/content-hey-people,-can-you-hear-me-music-induced-hearing-loss-is-becoming-a-big-problem!.aspx
Music Induced Hearing Loss (MIHL) is a disorder in which a person has been exposed to high levels of music over a prolonged period of time that resultls in permanent impairment of hearing. People of all ages, demographics and gender may be affected by listening to music that is too loud. Music Induced Hearing Loss is characterized as a distortion and attenuation of music stimuli entering the central auditory system.


National Association for the Deaf (NAD)

www.nad.org
814 Thayer Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910-4500 (301) 587-1788 Voice, (301) 587-1789 TTY
This is an organization of deaf individuals, parents, and professionals committed to support the manual language option.


National Center on Deafness (NCOD)

www.csun.edu/ncod
18111 Nordhoff Street, California State University, Northridge, CA, 91330-8267 (818) 677-2611
The National Center on Deafness (NCOD) is housed on the campus of California State University, Northridge. Established in 1962, NCOD was the first postsecondary program in the nation to provide paid professional sign language interpreters for deaf and hard-of-hearing students as well as captioning services as requested. The program has grown to be the largest of its type in the western United States, serving approximately 200 students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing each year. NCOD also provides transition services, academic and career planning, tutorial assistance, and co-curricular events for the students.


National Cued Speech Association

cuedspeech.org
5619 McLean Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814-1021 (800) 459-3529 Voice and TTY
This organization advocates for the use of cued speech and supports effective communication, language development and literacy through the use of cued speech. The web site provides background and educational information on cued speech.


National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)

www.hearingconservation.org
7995 E. Prentice Ave., Ste. 100, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 (303) 224-9022
The mission of this organization is to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society.


National Information Center on Deafness

www.gallaudet.edu/~nicd/
Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue N.E., Washington, DC 20002 (202) 651-5373
This organization collects and disseminates information, research, and demographics on hearing loss and related topics.


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

www.nidcd.nih.gov     www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov
Office of Health Communication and Public Liaison, 31 Center Drive, MSC 2320, Bethesda, MD, 20892-2320 The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health, supports and conducts research and research training on the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. The NIDCD develops health information based on scientific discovery and disseminates it to the public. In October 2008, the NIDCD launched It's a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing (www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov). This national campaign is designed to increase awareness among parents of youth ages 8 to 12 about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. The NIDCD provides a toll-free telephone service through its information clearinghouse. Fact sheets, brochures, teaching curricula, and reports are available, with many in Spanish.


National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)

www.rit.edu/NTID    www.educatingdeafchildren.org
52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY, 14623-5604
The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), a college of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), is the world's first and largest technological college for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. NTID offers associate degrees in more than 30 technological and professional programs as well as bachelor's or master's degrees in more than 200 programs offered by RIT's seven other colleges. NTID also is home to the Center for Hearing and Speech Research, which conducts research in age-related hearing loss. A professional journal, other publications, and computer software/assisted education are available.


Oticon, Inc.

www.oticonusa.com
29 Schoolhouse Road, Somerset, NJ 08873-6724 (800) 526-3921
Oticon is the oldest hearing aid company in the world founded in 1904 in Denmark. In addition to a complete description of their hearing aid products, their web site demonstrates their commitment to "child friendly hearing care." Oticon has available numerous support materials aimed at parents, families, teachers and hearing professionals.


Phonak LLC

www.phonak.com
4520 Weaver Parkway, Warrenville, Il 60555 (800) 777-7333
Phonak is a major manufacturer and worldwide distributer of hearing aids based in Switzerland. They have a comprehensive children's hearing aid program and are the leading providers of FM technology systems.


Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID)

www.rid.org
333 Commerce Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314 (703) 838-0030 The mission of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., (RID) is to provide international, national, regional, state, and local forums with an organizational structure for the continued growth and development of the profession of interpretation and transliteration of American Sign Language and English. RID also hosts a clearinghouse, at www.educatingdeafchildren.org, for information about raising and educating a deaf child. Visitors to the site can access online resources and post questions to be answered by experts in the field. Holds biennial conference; contact RID for date and location. Professional journal, newsletter, directory, fact sheets, brochures, and books are available.


Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc.

www.usa.siemens.com/hearing
10 Constitution Ave., Piscataway, NJ 08855-1397 (800) 766-4500
Siemens Hearing Instruments is one of the leading manufacturers of hearing aids in the world. The company offers a wide range of innovative products, solutions and se4rvies to hearing care professionals, including a line of pediatric hearing aids and support materials.


Sign Media

www.signmedia.com
Sign Media is a producer of videotape and print materials on American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. SMI is an on-line supplier of videos founded in 1979 as a venture to produce "state-of-the-art" videotape materials for learning and teaching American Sign Language. Sign Media has produced over 350 video titles covering virtually all aspects of American Sign Language and the American Deaf Community including Sign Language Instruction, Interpreter Education, American Deaf Culture, Entertainment, and ASL Translations or Synopses of material published in English.


Signing Exact English Center (S.E.E.)for Advancement of Deaf Children

www.seecenter.org
(562) 430-1467 Voice and TTY
This center provides information for parents and professionals on Signing Exact English (SEE II). They provide a telephone information service, a parent information packet and SEE educational materials.


Soundbytes

www.soundbytes.com
200 Robbins Lane, Jericho, NY (888) 816-8191
This company sells a diversified product line of assistive listening devices for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.


Starkey Foundation

starkeyhearingfoundation.org
6700 Washington Avenue South, Eden Prairie, MN 55346 (800) 328-8602
The Starkey Foundation is the non-profit arm of Starkey Laboratories. This foundation provides free hearing aids for children whose families do not qualify for public assistance and cannot afford them. During the last decade, The Starkey Foundation has donated nearly 500,000 hearing aids to needy children in countries around the world.


Starkey Laboratories Inc – World Headquarters

www.starkey.com    www.starkeyPro.com
6700 Washington Avenue South, Eden Prairie, MN 55346 (800) 328-8602
Founded in 1967, Starkey is the only major hearing aid manufacturer based in the United States and the largest distributer of hearing aids in the US. Starkey specializes in custom hearing aid manufacturing and during 2010 introduced a line of hearing aids designed especially for children.


State Hearing Aid Licensure Board

Each state has a licensure board for medical specialists, audiologists, and hearing aid specialists. Contact your local hearing aid licensing board for more information about practicing hearing professionals and the associated consumer protection laws in your state.


State Department of Health

Contact your state Department of Health, Director of Speech and Hearing or the Maternal and Child Health Director for information on statewide infant and school-based hearing screening programs.


ReSound

www.gnresound.com
8001 E. Bloomington Freeway, Bloomington, MN 55420 (800) 248-4327
A major manufacturer of hearing aids offering technology and solutions to improve the quality of life for hearing impaired persons throughout the world.


Video Caption Corporation

www.vicaps.com/guide-to-closed-captioning-technology.php
88 Hunns Lake Road, Stanfordville, NY 12581 (800) 705-1203
300 East Magnolia Blvd., #506, Burbank, CA 91502
A helpful website that provides useful information on closed captioning and other hearing assistance technologies. Information is provided on how closed captioning works, the benefits of captioning, the FCC regulatory background and qualifications for exemptions.


Widex Hearing Aid Company, Inc.

www.widexusa.com    www.widexPro.com
35-53-24th St., Long Island, NY11106 (800) 221-0188
Widex is a leading manufacturer of hearing aids since 1956 and headquartered in Denmark. In addition to information about their hearing aids, their website offers a useful Learning Center and a unique pediatric area with activities designed for young children.

*The Colorado Hearing Foundation recommends these websites for their information value, but accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the website content.

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