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