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.  Dr. Young leads a group of 18 multidisciplinary professionals 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. 
  • Otganization of in-service programs, including sessions for teachers and school staff on new equipment and/or techniques.

Meeting the Best Interests of Children and their Families: Social Work Services

The diagnosis of a child’s hearing loss can have a devastating impact on his or her family. In addition to struggling to understand the treatment options and the various professionals their child will need to see, families may also feel a sense of loss and concern for their child’s social, educational and medical needs. FHSR funds programming at Lurie Children’s Cochlear Implant Program to help to provide a team of social workers who work closely with the team’s six audiologists. Our Social Workers provide:

  • Support to understand technical information
  • Support to comprehend their child’s diagnosis and their new reality
  • Provide emotional support, to help families process both their child’s diagnosis and their own reaction to it
  • Parent support including those needing help in accessing community resources

Technical Expertise: Audiology Technician

Lurie Children’s Audiology Technician provides invaluable assistance to patients and their families needing help with their assistive hearing devices

  • Assits about 1,000 patients each year with new hearing aids, troubleshooting equipment, routine maintenance work and ear molds
  • Maintains a hearing aid database with information on nearly 2,900 patients with hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Oversees the loaner hearing aid bank of over 200 sets of hearing aids

Listen and Learn

Upcoming events

Bowling with Friends

Sunday February 10, 2019 1:00 pm - Pinstripes 100 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook Il

Calling all kids with Hearing loss ages 5 and up
Join the FHSR Associate Board on Sunday February 10
at Pinstripes in Oakbrook 1-3pm
for a fun gathering of Bowling and Pizza.

Join Us

Rock the Town for Hearing

Saturday April 6, 2019 6:30 pm - Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Ave • Chicago, Il 60625

Join FHSR as Rock the Town to raise money for early childhood Music Scholarships for deaf and hard of hearing children

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Cheers for Ears – A Hearing Hoedown

Sunday April 7, 2019 11:00 am - Columbia College Stage 2 600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Il 60605

Join the FHSR and the FHSR Associate Board at the 8th annual
Cheers for Ears : A Country & Western Jamboree – Our free family concert!
Grab your cowboy boots and be ready for some country western fun!

Register Here

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Holiday Travel with CIs and Hearing Aids – A Handy Checklist

The holiday season is upon us! December is one of the busiest travel months of the year. How can you assure that you have a successful, low-stress vacation with your Cochlear Implant (CI) or Hearing Aid (HA) kid?  Plan, plan, plan, and then prepare!

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What to Look For When Signing Up for Health Insurance

The 2018 open enrollment period for the healthcare marketplace ends after December 15, 2018. As the parent of a child with hearing loss that has been forced to get new health insurance every year for the last seven years (our plans were “no longer offered,” i.e., cancelled, each year), I understand how hard it can be to choose a health insurance plan.  If possible, work with your employer’s human resources department to pick a plan.  For the rest of us without that option, here are a few tips to consider when choosing an insurance plan for you and your family.  We provide additional resource links for more tips.

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Join FHSR for an Evening of Merit and Music!

FHSR is proud to welcome legendary musician Richard Reed on Friday, November 2nd for our An Evening of Merit and Music featuring the Merit School of Music students from the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-Free Conservatory for a night of music and storytelling.

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FHSR Short Historical Documentary

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Miguel’s Story with FHSR and Cheers for Ears!

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