Listen ... Hear

The Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR) is focused on funding programs that allow children and young adults 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 and young adults to be on par with their hearing peers.

To make this a reality the Foundation focuses on three areas of programming
Clinical Services * Education * Music 

FHSR Clinical Programming: FHSR directly funds these key support positions at The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago:
The Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator, Bilingual Social Workers and the Loaner Hearing Aid Bank.

FHSR Education Programming: FHSR partners with the Chicago Hearing Society through their CHOICES program to fund the expansion of the READ literacy program and DEAR Day throughout Central and Southern Illinois.

FHSR Music Programming: Created to commemorate the Foundation’s 60th anniversary in 2018, the Music to My Ears Program provides tuition free early childhood music classes, individual instrument lessons along with classroom and after school programing, to bring music into the lives of children living with hearing loss.

Give the Gift Of Hearing

This year in honor of Louise Hart, founding Director, the 2020 Annual Appeal will support essential services provided by the Audiology and Cochlear Implant Program at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

The Audiology and Cochlear Implant Program‘s multidisciplinary 23-member team consists of audiologists, speech language pathologists, social workers, nurses, the Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator and surgeons, all with specialized training and knowledge.

Every contribution to FHSR helps improve the lives of children with Cochlear Implants.
We hope you will consider making a gift to support these efforts.

Your Gift Could Support

  • The Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator – Assisting over 150 patients and families each year to ensure every child can meet their educational goals.
  • Loaner Hearing Aids – Loaner hearing aids help ensure that a child’s hearing and communication are not affected due to lack of a device, or their family’s ability to pay for one.
  • Retention Clips For Hearing Aids – Retention clips serve as a “security system” to attach the hearing aid to a child’s clothing with a plastic loop that helps keep the hearing aid from being lost and provides families with a way to protect this important device. Retention clips are also not covered by Medicaid and Lurie Children’s provides them to children free of charge.

Music To My Ears Scholarship Program

One year of tuition-free childhood music classes

60th Anniversary FHSR Logo


The Foundation for Hearing & Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR) is proud to partner with The Merit School of Music and The Old Town School of Music to create the Music To My Ears Scholarship Program commemorating the Foundation’s 60th Anniversary. The Scholarship provides one-year of tuition-free early childhood music classes for children (up to four years of age) and instrument lessons for children (over four years of age) who are deaf/hard of hearing living in Chicago and the surrounding Suburbs.

Music to My Ears Scholarships applications are currently available.

Click here to apply! Donate to the scholarship program!



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Live from Merit School

Live from Merit: Music Education for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children

- virtual event

Visionary music educators are finding that the benefits of music education are especially beneficial to children who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH).
Join us for this free virtual seminar hosted by Merit in partnership with FHSR examining the power of music education for deaf/hard of hearing children.

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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.