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Advanced Bionics


If you are looking at getting an implant or you have one yourself, you might want to get in touch with the Dutch Bionic Ear Association. The mission of the Bionic Ear Association is to improve the quality of life of persons impacted by hearing loss through education, awareness, mentoring and support services relating to cochlear implants. The Bionic Ear Association has a team of clinicians and volunteers onboard, all of whom are dedicated to helping others to hear and be heard. Go to or email

The following resources are available from Advanced Bionics on their European website in the Professionals section:

You need to register first and then wait to receive a password.

  • What is a cochlear implant?
  • What are you looking for in a cochlear implant?
  • European Colouring Book
  • Bionic Buddy Colouring Book
  • Ear Illustration
  • Vertical poster: Hearing with a Cochlear Implant
  • Identification Card
  • Tools for Parents
  • Tools for Users
  • Tools for Schools
  • Tools for Professionals
  • Cochlear Implants in the Classroom
  • Using an FM system with a cochlear implant
  • Quality Assessment Questionnaire
  • Paediatric test battery
  • TEPPP Folder
  • IT-MAIS Test
  • Mr Potato Head Test
  • PBK Test CD
  • Common Phrases test CD
  • Ling Six Sound Test
  • Loudness Scale
  • As well as all the product brochures for Harmony, Auria and PSP

    Also available from The Ear Foundation

    • A Sound Start
    • STEPS package
    • Music Time

    Barnplantorna dvd Barnplantorna in Sweden has produced a dvd entitled 'Cochlear Implants - A New Sense of Hearing'. It brings together accounts of implantation from parents, professionals, children and adolescents with cochlear implants. It is available with French subtitles. For more information contact
    Barnplantorna book Barnplantorna is Sweden has also produced a picture book for children entitled Kerry receives a cochlear implant. This explains in an easy-going manner all the steps from the first meeting with the doctor and the family up until Kerry starts to hear. It is aimed at siblings and other young children who come across a child with an implant. It is available in French. For more information contact

    Here are two websites with information in French:


    is aimed at especially at parents and has lots of information about implants and about the experience of other parents and users.


    is aimed more at professionals and gives access to papers, journals and conferences.

    The Ear Foundation Limited. Registered office: Marjorie Sherman House, 83 Sherwin Road, Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2FB.

    A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales number 3482779, registered charity number 1068077