There are many publications about deafness and cochlear implants and the following are just a few (without recommendation)

Cochlear Implants: Experiences of Adults & Children

Published by the National Cochlear Implant Association, this is a completely new publication (June 2010) and replaces our previous booklet which was very popular.
It is free but we have to charge £1 for postage and packing.

Please send your cheque for £1 to The Secretary, NCIUA, 11 Hamilton Close, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 2HX and it will be sent to you.

Tell it like it is’ published by the CICS Group

Families share their personal experience in a booklet covering a wide range of scenarios and outcomes of cochlear implants for children. It includes families with both deafened and born deaf children of various ages, with a wide variety of causes of deafness, methods of communication, additional needs, implant devices, unilateral, simultaneous and sequential bilaterals, educational placements, and outcomes, as well as those who chose for their child not to be implanted or re-implanted.
To obtain a copy send an email to

The Essential Guide (Volume 2)

This is the title of a very comprehensive and useful summary of all the aspects of deafness and of the means and types of support available to help us overcome this disability. Published by the RNID, it’s a jolly good read and very up to date in its coverage. Its sections on Watching the Box and The Switch to Digital TV are first rate.

Rebuilt by Michael Chorost

A new publication from America entitled ‘Rebuilt’ has attracted widespread reviews. The author, Michael Chorost (, describes in a vibrant and compelling account, the process of being rebuilt with a cochlear implant. He likens the process to becoming a cyborg and explores the relationship between humans and machines. ‘How becoming part computer made me more human’ is a synopsis of a witty and absorbing story of his experiences which is also an ode to sound. It is published by Houghton Mifflin in Boston (, ISBN 0-168-37829-4

He is Not Me by Stuart Mc Naughton

Stuart has written a fascinating and moving account of his journey in and out of silence and his life in the two different worlds of silence and sound. Stuart was implanted in 2001 and, in his compelling and moving account of life as a profoundly deaf child and an implanted adult, shares his journey to hearing. He Is Not Me explores themes such as childhood bullying, discrimination in the work place and the conflict between the deaf and hearing worlds.

Hearing Differently by Dr Ruth Morgan-Jones

‘Hearing Differently’ is an investigation of hearing impairment on family and draws upon 150 in-depth interviews. Written by Dr Ruth Morgan-Jones, it tells of her personal experience with profound hearing loss and her roles as wife, mother, social worker and counsellor. Five major strands emerge: intimate family relationships, social support networks, communication strategies, the nature of care and recommendations for social policy. The reader is left with a more positive and much more authentic picture of the lives of those who experience hearing loss.
Published by John Wiley, ISBN 1861562217

An Introduction to Cochlear Implants 

The National Association of Deafened People has published a revised edition of their booklet, An Introduction to cochlear implants. It has been almost entirely re-written by Gillian Hadfield and brought up to date. It comes in large print which is very helpful for people with poor vision. It takes you through the process of finding out about implants, assessment and selection, the operation and rehabilitation step by step for prospective adult users. It is available from the NADP, PO Box 50, Amersham, Bucks HP6 6XB for £5.00 including postage.

Cochlear Implants- A Guide for Families

A comprehensive booklet produced by the NCDS as above.

Working with children with cochlear implants

This is another publication in the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) Educational guideline series. It provides the answers to many questions that professionals and parents working with children with cochlear implants need to know. Teachers of the deaf, speech and language therapists, teaching assistants and parents will all find it a source of information and help in the difficult task of meeting the development needs of children of different ages and helping them to make full use of their new found hearing.

Available for Action on Hearing Loss (RNID) at £5.99 per copy. Contact 0808 808 0123 or emailinformation@actionon

My Brother John (at

Joanne Zellweger, college lecturer and mother of two, has written an illustrated childrens book ,from a child’s perspective, of a girl whose brother is deaf and uses a cochlear implant and a hearing aid. It is a useful aid to children in foundation and key stage 1.
Published by Squeeze Marketing and avaialable at Waterstones.

Cochlear Implants: Fact Sheet

A very useful summary of key facts and information.

Available from The Ear Foundation, Majorie Sherman House, 83 Sherwin Road, Lenton, Nottingham NG7 2FB

Booklets produced by NADP in association with LINK.

Working without Hearing: how to keep your job or find one when you have become profoundly deaf, by Mark Weston. (£3.00)

The stories of nine people who became profoundly deaf. It should give help and inspiration to deaf people whether in employment or seeking work.

Disability Living Allowance:deafened people can claim it (£1.90)

Order from NADP, P.O.Box 50, Amersham, Bucks HP6 6XB

The Ear Foundation (at

A wide range of books on hearing loss and cochlear implants are available

Hearing Concern ( )

“Life after Hearing Loss” by Val Tait, a heartening book by a deafened hearing therapist full of no nonsense advice.

“Impairment to Empowerment” by Bunty Levine and Val Tait, an honest, down to earth approach to managing the human problems of hearing loss.

Forest Books (at

A UK publisher of numerous books on deafness and related issues.

Cochlear Implants – A Practical Guide- 2nd Edition

Published by Forest Books, this revised edition (2006) is written by professionals for professionals but has some very interesting sections of rehabilitation and user/parent experiences.

Living with Tinnitus

By Dr Lawrence McKenna ( paperback from Amazon )