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Useful links The website for the West of England Cochlear Hearing Programme, including information on what cochlear implants are and how they work, who we are and how we work, and what to expect after referral to our service. 

Two WEHIP patients blog about having an implant: The British Cochlear Implant Group (BCIG) is a professional body representing all the cochlear implant centres and other specialists involved in cochlear implantation in the UK. Cochlear Implanted Children's Support Group (CICS) is for the families of children undergoing assessment, implantation and ongoing care in the UK. CICS aims to link families geographically or by special situation such as medical condition. It provides support and the benefit of first-hand experience and offers practical help, ideas, advice and social gatherings. CICS, PO Box 28843, London, SW13 0WY. The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) offers family support, activities and events. They provide information on many topics and have excellent downloadable fact sheets. National Deaf Children's Society,15 Dufferin Street, London, EC1Y 8UR. The Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID) has a wide range of leaflets and fact sheets on all aspects of deafness and hearing loss, available to download. Or you can download a publications catalogue, which has details of all the free and priced publications. A website for teenagers and older children who are interested in cochlear implants. It includes interviews with teenagers who wear cochlear implants and has visually exciting information on what cochlear implants are, how they work and tips for living with one. The Ear Foundation is a national resource for cochlear implant users and their families, and for people who work with implants.  It runs courses for families and professionals throughout the year. The Ear Foundation, Marjorie Sherman House, 83 Sherwin Road, Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2FB. A service for busy professionals working to help children and young people with cochlear implants succeed. It's designed for asking questions, accessing info and resources and exchanging ideas.  The Elizabeth Foundation is a national charity supporting infants and pre-school children with hearing loss and their families.  It focuses on listening and talking and offers a national correspondence advisory course and help, encouragement and support for families across the UK. A website put together by a parent of a deaf child which has practical ideas to help develop listening and spoken language. A website with lots of ideas and help in developing listening and speech. It was developed by the Boystown Hospital Cochlear Implant Centre in America A Canadian site for families of hearing impaired children. The Alexander Graham Bell Association promotes the use of residual hearing and oral communication. An American site for families of hearing impaired children offering information on the range of communication options. Forest Books stocks a wide selection of books, videos and resources on a range of deaf issues. A mail order service is available to professionals and families with deaf children.  A source of Ear Band-It headbands, which help keep sound processors and hearing aids on, and sand and splash out, when a child is on the beach or by the pool.  (Take processors OFF if child goes for a swim!) Similar products are available on web from other sources.  DELTA (Deaf Education through Listening and Talking) is a national charity supporting deaf children, their families and practitioners who wish to follow an auditory-oral route. The charity runs useful courses and training for families.  National Cochlear Implant Users Association, a group run by and for cochlear implant users in the UK.  National Association of Deafened People.  A website for families who want to create a cartoon-style book about their child, what he or she likes, their hearing loss and how best to communicate, to share with school, nursery, babysitters and others. Leaflets with vouchers for free copies are available from Cochlear Europe Ltd, 9 Weybridge Business Park, Addlestone Road, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2UF. Cochlear is an implant manufacturer used by the West of England Cochlear Implant Programme. Their site has information about implants, their products and ideas to help children.  MED-EL UK Ltd,Great Cliffe Court, Dodworth, Barnsley, S Yorks, S75 3SP

MED-EL is an implant manufacturer used by the West of England Cochlear Implant Programme. Their site has information about implants, their products and activities to help children. Advanced Bionics UK Ltd, 2, Breaks House, Mill Court, Great shelford, Cambridge CB22 5LD. Advanced Bionics is an implant manufacturer used by adults on the West of England Cochlear Implant Programme. Their site has ideas for rehab and listening activities for children as well as information about cochlear implants and their products.