A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device that electrically stimulates the hearing nerve in the cochlea (inner ear). This stimulation is designed to allow individuals with severe to profound hearing loss to perceive sound.

The core values of Deaf culture emphasize pride in Deaf diversity. Efforts to surgically "fix" deafness is considered unacceptable to most culturally Deaf Americans. Being Deaf is an identity, not a pathology.

National Association of the Deaf Position Statement on Cochlear Implants
The National Association of the Deaf is an education and advocacy organization committed to promotion, protection, and preservation of the rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. The targeted audience for this paper includes parents of deaf children, deaf individuals, medical professionals, and the media.

Cochlear Implants and the NAD: The NAD Broadcaster (January 2001)
Special issue of The NAD Broadcaster entirely focused only cochlear implants

Cochlear Implant Education Center
(Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center)
The goal of the center is to investigate, evaluate, and share best educational practices for children with implants within Gallaudet’s demonstration schools, and at schools and programs nationally.

Cochlear Implant Association, Inc.
Cochlear Implant Association, Inc., formerly Cochlear Implant Club International, Inc., is a non-profit organization for cochlear implant recipients, their families, professionals, and other individuals interested in cochlear implants. The Association provides support and information and access to local support groups for adults and children who have cochlear implants, or who are interested in learning about cochlear implants.

European Association of Cochlear Implant Users
The European Association of Cochlear Implant Users (EURO-CIU) was founded 1995 in Luxembourg. The association represents on European level the interest of deaf or hearing impaired people, who have regained hearing perceptions through a Cochlear Implant device.

"Deaf mom fights to keep kids from ear implants"
Article from The Grand Rapids Press, 9/6/2002

"Cochlear Implants: A Deaf Parent's Perspective"
Critique of a Washington Post article about cochlear implants and the deaf community, 5/11/1997

Nucleus Cochlear Implant Systems
Commerical website about Nucleus implants and recipient support

AllHear Cochlear Implants
AllHear is a company which designs, manufactures and sells cochlear implants. The company was founded by Dr. William F. House, world-famous otologist (ear doctor). He began thinking about and working on the possibility of cochlear implants in 1956, and he produced the first practical cochlear implant in 1984 in conjunction with the House Ear Institute and the 3M Corporation.