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.

Listen and Learn

Upcoming events

Connections Webinar: Creating a music rich environment in homes for infants with hearing loss

Thursday January 28, 2021 7:30 pm - virtual event

Creating a music rich environment in homes for infants and young children with hearing loss. Through sharing a variety of musical techniques and approaches, Sally and Kristen will dig into the science-based pedagogy that further enhances the overall development and habilitation of young DHH children.

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

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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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The first book in the FHSR literacy library – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Hear and See How the Grinch Stole Christmas being read and captioned and in ASL

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A conversation with FHSR Music Program Coordinator & Merit School Teacher, Sally Blandon

With all that is happening in today’s world one constant that everyone can relate to is music.  In 2019 FHSR made a commitment to bring music classes for deaf/hard of hearing children through our Music To My Ears program (MTME).  We started with Early Childhood music classes with our partners at The Old Town School of Folk Music and The Merit School of Music to provide a year of tuition-free music classes for children up to four years of age.  In 2020 we expanded our program to include a school-based program where we provide the curriculum music program at Child’s …

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In Memory of FHSR founding Board Member, Louise Hart

Louise Hart, long time Board Director, passed away peacefully at her home on May 1, 2020 at the age of 99.  As a founding member of the Foundation for Hearing & Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR), Mrs. Hart helped to shape the mission of the Foundation and provided an unmatched level of commitment to helping individuals who are living with hearing loss.

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Miguel’s Story with FHSR and Cheers for Ears!

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