Hearing and Balance Center
Cochlear Implant Companies
- Advanced Bionics
- Cochlear Corporation
- The Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA)
The only nonprofit organization in Maryland solely dedicated to meeting the
speech, language, and hearing needs of children and adults.
- The Alexander Graham Bell Association for
the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
An international membership organization on hearing loss and spoken language
approaches and related issues.
- Association of Late-Deafened Adults
Works collaboratively with other organizations around the world serving the
needs of late-deafened people and extends a welcome to everyone, late deafened
or not, who supports our goals.
- My Baby's Hearing
Website for parents regarding identification of hearing loss and what can
be done to help their children.
- National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
DB-LINK is federally funded information and referral service that identifies,
coordinates, and disseminates (at no cost) information related to children
and youth who are deaf-blind (ages 0 to 21 years). Four organizations have
pooled their expertise into a consortium-based clearinghouse.
- The League for the Hard of Hearing
The League for the Hard of Hearing provides hearing rehabilitation and human
services for people who are hard of hearing or deaf, andtheir families, regardless
of age, ability to pay, or mode of communication, and by striving to empower
consumers to achieve their potential.
- The National Assoication of the Deaf
NAD is the oldest and largest constituency organization safeguarding the accessibility
and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education,
employment, health care, and telecommunications.
- Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
SHHH is a consumer, educational organization devoted to the welfare and interests
of those who cannot hear well, their relatives, and friends. SHHH has 12,000
National members and 9,000 chapter members in all 50 states.
- Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional
organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with
exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates
for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides
continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved
individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions
and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
- Exceptional Parent
EP's on-line resource, provides information, support, ideas, encouragement
and outreach for parents, families, organizations, healthcare professionals
and educators serving the special needs and disabilities community.
- Federation for Children with Special Needs
The Mission of the Federation for Children with Special Needs is to provide
information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities,
their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening
to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community
life by all people, especially those with disabilities.
- National Information Center for Children
and Youth with Disabilities
NICHCY's Web site provides information about specific disabilities, special
education and related services for children in school, individualized education
programs, parent materials, disability organizations, professional associations,
education rights and what the law requires, early intervention services for
infants and toddlers, and transition to adult life.
TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family
members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which
inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.
- Family Networks
Family Networks is the most comprehensive online resource for disability-related
information and supports specific to the needs of Maryland families that include
a member with a disability.
- American Society of Deaf Children
ASDC is a national, independent non-profit organization whose purpose is providing
support, encouragement, and information to families raising children who are
deaf or hard of hearing.
- National Parent Information Network
The mission of NPIN is to provide access to research-based information about
the process of parenting, and about family involvement in education. We believe
that well-informed families are likely to make good decisions about raising
and educating their children.
- World Federation
of the Deaf
WFD is the international non-governmental organization representing Deaf people
worldwide. A non-profit organization, WFD works for human rights and equal
opportunity for Deaf people everywhere. WFD promotes the right of Deaf people
to use sign language to access education, information and all other spheres
- About.com Guide to Deafness/Hard of
Provides information and resources for people with hearing disabilities.
- Maryland Relay
With Maryland Relay, people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech disabled can easily communicate through TTY (text telephone) with anyone using a standard phone!
- The National Cued Speech Association
An organization that promotes utilizing cued speech as a communication mode.
- Oral Deaf Education
Oral Deaf Education provides information and resources.
- The River School
The River School provides successful educational experiences for children
and their families by uniting the best practices of early childhood education
and oral deaf education; and to promote clinical research and training in
child language literacy.
- Scientific Learning
Scientific Learning combines the latest advances in brain research and proprietary
technology to create programs, products and services that develop learning
and communication skills.
- Senior Citizen's Guide
Designed to help older adults and those with aging parents or family members find localized articles and resources featuring everything from retirement living, caregiver issues, and home care to entertainment, volunteerism and more!
- John Tracy Clinic
The John Tracy clinic's mission is to offer hope, guidance and encouragement
to families of infants and preschool children with hearing losses by providing
free, parent-centered services worldwide.
- Learning Independence Through Computers
Learning Independence Through Computers (LINC) is a non-profit computer
resource center that provides opportunities for people with disabilities,
their families, professionals, and members of the business community
to explore adaptive technology, computer systems, software, and the
ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide
information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available
from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations,
professionals, and caregivers within the United States
- Maryland Technology Assistance Program
MD TAP provides numerous services, including the Assistive Technology
Guaranteed Loan Program, established through legislation, which enables
people who might ordinarily be denied under a bank's stringent lending
criteria to get a loan and to get it significantly below the current
lending rate. TAP also provides an Equipment Loan Program and Equipment
Display Centers where equipment and devices are displayed and demonstrated
- A Basic Dictionary
of American Sign Language Terms
This dictionary has both animated and text definitions. The text definitions
also have letter or number sign images to aid in visualizing the sign.
This will allow you to quickly locate a word, read how to sign the word,
and choose to view the animated sign.
Audible.com converts audiobooks and other spoken audio programs into
digital files that can be downloaded onto your computer over the internet
and enjoyed in a variety of ways.
- The American Academy of Audiology
The worlds largest professional
organization of, for and by audiologists
- American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
ASHAs mission is to ensure that all people with speech, language, and
hearing disorders have access to quality services to help them communicate
effectively. ASHA is the governing body for speech language pathologists
- American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and
The Academy represents more than 10,000 otolaryngologist--head and neck
surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of the ears, nose, throat,
and related structures of the head and neck.
- American Hearing Research Foundation
The American Hearing Research Foundation serves two vital roles: to
fund significant research in hearing and balance disorders, and to help
educate the public.
- American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association
ADARA strives to be the leader among professional organizations in transforming
the paradigm of rehabilitation of Deaf people to enhancing the quality
of life with people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- The Better Hearing Institute
The Better Hearing Institute was created to promote hearing healthcare
across the United States. This organization empowers professionals to
help individuals with hearing loss and be a source of knowledgeable
information to the public about hearing loss.
- International Hearing Society
The International Hearing Society (IHS) is the nonprofit, professional
association that represents Hearing Instrument Specialists® in the United
States, Canada, Japan and several other countries.
- National Institute on Deafness and other
Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research
and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing,
balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.
- The Children's Hearing Institute
The Children's Hearing Institute (CHI) is a private foundation established in 1983 by Simon C. Parisier, MD, a pioneer in hearing loss and chochlear implant research and surgery. The web site, available in English and Spanish, features high quality information on cochlear implants and hearing loss and an extensive Patient and Family Resource Guide highlighting organizations, educational resources, emotional/social development, support groups, insurance information, advocacy resources, annotated research articles, and online forums on all aspects of cochlear implants and hearing loss.
- National Information Center on
Deafness -- Clerc Center
The Clerc Center has been mandated by congress to develop, evaluate, and disseminate
innovative curricula, instructional techniques and strategies, and materials.
The aim of the Clerc Center is to improve the quality of education for deaf and
hard of hearing children and youth from birth through age 21.
If you would like to make an appointment or talk to an Audiologist, please call the Hearing and Balance Center at 410-328-5947.