HCCIG is a support network where implantees, potential implantees and parents of children with cochlear implants can exchange information and discuss all aspects of cochlear implants in a social environment.
HCCIG is run by deaf people, for deaf people who use cochlear implants. We want to give independent peer support for those awaiting or considering cochlear implants. We also try to alleviate the isolation and social exclusion of deaf people with cochlear implants and their families. Finally, we liaise with different implant centres and audioligist departments in hospitals and manufacturers to promote awareness amongst the medical professionals and ourselves.
Our four basic aims are:
|To exchange information about how we cope with our implants and the effect they have on our lives|
|To create a social environment where we can be with other people with similar problems.|
|To give people awaiting an implant or considering implantation an idea of what it is like to have one. To answer their questions about how we cope with day-to-day life.|
|To raise funds to help and promote our group for the benefit of all cochlear implant users and those awaiting cochlear implants.|
How did HCCIG begin?
Back in the year 2000, three implantees from North London decided there was a need to set up an informal group for cochlear implant users, their families, friends and people awaiting implantation.
In memory of Isobel Mitchell (Gordon), 25 February 1923 – 5 March 2006
A voluntary group funded by members and various grants
Registered Charity Number 1099169