New Beginnings, Acquiring and Living with a Cochlear Implant

New book focuses on cochlear implants

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Edited by NTID research faculty member Michael Stinson and NTID President Gerard Buckley

A medical device that has allowed thousands of deaf individuals worldwide the 
opportunity to hear—sometimes for the 
first time and well enough to talk on the 
telephone—is the focus of 15 personal 
experiences in a new book published by
 RIT Press.

New Beginnings, Acquiring and Living with a Cochlear Implant is a compilation of stories written by deaf or hard-of-hearing 
individuals who have had cochlear implants. Their personal stories will give readers 
insight into the struggles and challenges they endured through the process as well
as the delights and disappointments they faced after surgery.

The book was edited by Michael Stinson, a research faculty member at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and NTID President Gerard Buckley. Both Stinson and Buckley have cochlear
implants and each has been involved in 
education of deaf and hard-of-hearing 
students for more than 30 years. 

“When Gerry and I were considering getting our implants, we could find no 
resource that described the possible outcomes we might experience,” Stinson said. “We decided to create the resource by bringing together diverse cochlear implant users to write about their experiences so that others considering an implant would have a better idea of what to expect.”

Cochlear implants involve a surgical 
process that enables some individuals to hear sounds via an implanted electronic 
device that converts sounds to electrical 
signals that directly stimulate peripheral parts of the auditory nerve.

This year, a record 360 students at RIT/NTID have cochlear implants. That’s more than 28 percent of the deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend RIT/NTID.