Bionic Ear Association

Hear and Be Heard™

The mission of the Bionic Ear Association (BEA) is to improve the quality of life of individuals with severe-to-profound hearing loss by providing valuable information, education, and awareness on cochlear implants. A community of hearing health professionals and cochlear implant recipients, the BEA offers important support services to help you Hear and Be Heard™.

If you are a recipient or are considering cochlear implants for yourself or a loved one, you will find one-on-one support through the BEA.

“The BEA is the best thing about AB! I honestly feel like they are my second family.”


Andrea Patton, mother of Elliott, bilateral AB recipient

Connecting the BEA Family to Yours

The BEA is comprised of caring professionals and a dedicated team of volunteers who provide you and your loved ones with information, education, and support for choosing, getting, and living with cochlear implants.

You can connect with a mentor online, email the BEA at or call the BEA hotline at 866.844.HEAR (4327). A member of the BEA staff will connect you with a recipient volunteer to be your personal mentor.

If you are ready to share the benefits of your knowledge and experience, become a BEA Mentor today.

BEA Resources

No matter where you are on your journey to hearing, the BEA can help you along the way. Hearing your best takes practice, patience, and persistence. The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.

If you are already an AB cochlear implant recipient, the BEA welcomes you into a community of people who, like yourself, are moving forward on their journey to hearing. Tools and resources, information and education, events and activities, and much more are available with the BEA.

Listening and Learning Resources

The Listening RoomTM offers free education and listening practice resources in English to support the development of speech, language, and listening skills for you or your loved one at any age, from infants to adults. Activities can be practiced independently, with others, in the classroom, or with a listening coach.

Classroom Tools for Your Child

Many parents choose cochlear implants for their children to help them reach their academic potential. The BEA supports your child’s academic efforts with Tools for SchoolsTM, a wealth of resources and materials designed to help your child succeed in the classroom. Offered to parents, educators, and therapists, the Tools for Schools program is a valuable asset for your child’s education.

Tools for ToddlersTM is designed to help parents chronicle, support, and enhance their young child’s journey to hearing.

Comprehensive Education and Support

The BEA helps you stay connected to a variety of free online courses, seminars, webinars and newsletters. This comprehensive education and support will help you stay informed. You can also sign up for current BEA newsletters for the latests news and events.

The BEA is an Invaluable Resource for the Li Family

“We’ve gained a lot by participating in the BEA. For one, it is a tremendous source of information about choosing, getting, and living with a cochlear implant. It’s also a great organization for meeting people who have their own experiences to share, either as users or as relatives and friends of users.”

— Melissa Li
, mother of Brandyn, implanted at 17 months of age

Discover HearingJourney

Sponsored by Advanced Bionics and the BEA, HearingJourney is the #1 online forum to chat, laugh, and share stories about hearing loss and cochlear implants. Join today and receive a warm welcome from this lively group! Here, everyone understands your journey to hearing.

“HearingJourney was a huge source of encouragement and the first place I ran to after activation.“

Pamela Farley,
bilaterally implanted at age 44

Find a BEA Event in Your Area

Visit the BEA online event calendar to find local and regional events designed to support your journey to hearing.

The BEA:

  • Connects you to knowledgeable AB cochlear implant recipients
  • Offers one-on-one support throughout your journey to hearing
  • Hosts events where you can make new friends, learn about cochlear implants, get updates on new technology, and share your experiences

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