March 15, 2007, Washington, D.C. - The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) has awarded 13 cochlear implant centers each with $15,000 fellowships to train professionals in the field of cochlear implants and auditory rehabilitation. The fellowships, made possible by grants from Advanced Bionics Corporation and Cochlear Americas, will fund mentoring and educational development for professionals in the fields of clinical and research audiology, speech-language pathology, auditory (re)habilitation and the education of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
AG Bell is dedicated to ensuring that children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing have access to hearing technology and related services to enhance their lives, said Judy Harrison, Senior Director of Professional Programs. The AG Bell Cochlear Implant Fellowship Program supports cochlear implant centers and educational programs in their efforts to train professionals to work with cochlear implant recipients and foster advances in cochlear implant technology.
AG Bell recognizes the following institutions as recipients of the 2007 Cochlear Implant Fellowship Awards:
- Boys Town National Research Hospital
- Carolina Children's Communicative Disorders Program
- Cleveland Clinic Foundation
- Johns Hopkins University - The Listening Center
- Long Island Jewish Medical Center
- St. Louis Children's Hospital Cochlear Implant Program
- University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
- University of Louisville Cochlear Implant Program
- University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Program
- University of Mississippi Medical Center
- University of South Carolina Cochlear Implant Program
- University of Tennessee/Knoxville - Child Hearing Services
- University of Texas at Dallas
Fellowships were awarded to cochlear implant centers in the United States and Canada to provide professionals up to 12 months of mentored work experience with a seasoned cochlear implant professional. Fellows will work in the areas of candidate evaluation, device fitting, auditory rehabilitation, counseling and research.
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 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 learn to listen and talk. With chapters located in the United States and a network of international affiliates, AG Bell supports its mission: Advocating Independence through Listening and Talking!