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The Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR) is focused on funding programs that allow children with deafness/ hearing loss to fully participate in all aspects of life. From education to equipment support to social interactions our goal is for these children to be on par with their hearing peers.

To make this a reality the Foundation directly funds the following key support positions at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago: Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator, Audiology Hearing Aid Technician, Loaner Hearing Aid Bank, and Bilingual Social Workers.

FHSR recently created a partnership with the Chicago Hearing Society through their CHOICES program to fund the expansion of the READ literacy program. Through our key partnerships we strive to meet the needs of today’s child living with hearing loss.

FSHR will commemorate its 60th Anniversary in 2018 with the creation of Music to My Earsan early childhood music scholarship program for deaf/ hard of hearing children ages’ birth to 5 years with the Merit School of Music and Old Town School of Folk Music of Chicago

FHSR strives to assure that individuals with hearing disorders have the opportunity to develop to their full potential, enjoy the same social and educational opportunities as their peers, and lead healthy and fulfilling lives. We accomplish this important purpose by identifying and then raising the funds to support the most innovative clinical services, research, and educational training programs in the Midwest.


An Evening of Merit and Music

Please Join FHSR and the Merit School of Music
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM
for an evening of Music featuring
Richard Reed and Members of the Merit Conservatory
A reception will be held prior to the concert

Before losing his hearing to antibiotics, renowned Blues musician and Cochlear Implant user, Richard Reed played piano and Hammond organ with Junior Walker & the All Stars, Otis Rush, Roomful of Blues and many other R&B, Blues and Rock & Roll bands.
Due to late onset deafness, Mr. Reed was unable to appreciate music for close to ten years until he underwent cochlear implant surgery in 2002.

Using a digital keyboard, Mr. Reed demonstrates how notes and scales evolve into simple melodies, harder-to-discern harmonies, and whole songs;  Interspersed with his own light-hearted and informative personal take on the frustrating challenges and rich rewards of “CI music”

Chasing Trane Movie Screening at the Davis Theatre

Chasing Trane – Movie Screening at the Davis Theater
April 19, 2018 

Join FHSR for a pre-screening reception and viewing of the award winning documentary Chasing Trane  – The story of extraordinary saxophonist and composer John Coltrane

John Coltrane was an award winning American jazz composer and saxophonist.
This documentary has garnered awards at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival and the IDFA as an Official Selection movie.

Award winning Director, John Scheinfeld digs in deep to get the stories behind this innovator and his music.  In a movie that has been described as engrossing and at times worshiping, it is the definitive bio-pic on this incredible musician.

Patient Stories


Super Kid

“The reason Ethan is doing so well with his communication and language skills is his implant,” she says. He’s not a typical kid with hearing loss because he has so many other medical issues, so giving him access to sound has been amazing.”


Super Kid

Payton – created and illustrated her own book on how much she loves her CIs. Her family drives 275 miles for Payton’s annual audiology appointments but they do not mind. “It’s a real comfort to now that Lurie Children’s has a whole team of physicians, audiologists, education coordinators, social workers, and other working together,” says Payton’s mom, Crystal. “Its especially important when you’re a new parent being drawn into the hearing loss world.”


Super Mom

“Our girls would not be where they are today without the wonderful doctors, audiologists and hearing aid technicians at Lurie Children’s.