A Strategic Partnership

In 2002, the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR) created a strategic partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to provide funding for a series of one of a kind wraparound programs that help children born with severe hearing loss communicate more effectively.

FHSR and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

In 2002, the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR) created a strategic partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to provide funding for a series of one of a kind wraparound programs that help children born with severe hearing loss communicate more effectively.

  • 14 years of partnership assisting with the success and growth of the Audiology and Cochlear Implant Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Childens Hospital of Chicago
  • More than 1,300 cochlear procedures since 1991
  • One of the largest and most experienced pediatric cochlear implant programs in the world
  • FHSR’s partnership and commitment has enabled Lurie to expand services to patients with hearing loss and their families.

Meet the Surgeon:

Dr. Nancy Young, MD, is the Head of Lurie Children’s Section of Otology and Neurotology and Medical Director of the hospital’s Audiology and Cochlear Implant Programs which she founded in 1991.  We are proud to announce that as of July 1, 2020 Dr. Young will join the American Otological Society (AOS) Council, the leadership body of the AOS. She is the fourth woman to join the Council and will serve for eight years, including five years as Education-Director and one year as President. AOS is the second oldest medical society in the US, founded in 1868. It has an amazing history in the development of otology as a specialty.
Dr. Young leads a group of 18 multidisciplinary professionals at Lurie Children’s in what is one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric audiology and cochlear implant programs in the nation. 
Lurie Children’s continues to expand its status as a worldwide leader in evaluating and implanting children with multiple or complex medical issues, and providing essential services and key staff positions made possible by Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation funding.

Learning Support: Hart Family  Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator

Thanks to funding from the Hart Family and FHSR, the Lurie Cochlear Implant Program includes the Hart Family Cochlear Implant Education Coordinator. This essential role ensures that children who have received cochlear implants at Lurie Children’s receive the support they need to achieve success in school.

The education coordinator works closely with:

  • Parents, teachers, administrators and other staff at schools
  • Special education cooperatives throughout Chicagoland, northwest Indiana and southern Wisconsin. 
  • Organization of in-service programs, including sessions for teachers and school staff on new equipment and/or techniques.

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Upcoming events

Due to Covid-19 restrictions all FHSR events have been placed on hold.

We look forward to gathering again soon when it is safe for all of us to do so. 
Be safe and please continue to check back for event updates.

Information to follow pending rescheduling

Cheers & Beers for Ears will be back in 2021

The FHSR Associate Board – Cheers & Beers for Ears will be back in 2021
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