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ciaf™ mission

Established in 2005, the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation (CIAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Springfield, Illinois.  The mission of CIAF is to raise awareness of how cochlear implants restore sound to the hearing impaired and to provide cochlear implant equipment to qualified applicants in need.






Hear Again™ Program

Since its inception in 2005, our Hear Again™ program has played a critical role in our efforts to help people hear.  What started with a storage cabinet of miscellaneous cochlear implant equipment in a corner of our founder’s basement has evolved into a highly organized, digitally cataloged inventory bank at our foundation’s headquarters.  CIAF™ is the only source in the world doing the work we do.

Get Equipment

How it Works  

  • Complete and submit the application for Cochlear Corporation in its entirety

  • Complete and submit the application for Advanced Bionics in its
    entirety

  • We attempt to match eligible applicants with equipment from our inventory bank

  • If we make a match of equipment to fill the applicant’s need, our program director will contact the applicant’s cochlear implant audiologist or doctor directly

  • Applicants will be notified by email whether or not assistance will be provided

  • Equipment will almost always be sent directly to the applicant’s cochlear implant audiologist or doctor

Give Equipment

How it Works

  • People from all over donate used but not abused cochlear implant equipment like processors, cables, cords, batteries, and accessories.

  • Our program director and CIAF™ team sanitize and refurbish equipment. 

  • Donated equipment is then processed digitally into our cochlear implant inventory bank.

A letter of receipt is sent to the donor for tax purposes.



Donations of Cochlear Implant equipment to the Hear Again™ program are simple to make! 
No need to contact CIAF™ ahead of time. 


If you wish to donate gently used cochlear implant equipment like processors, cables, cords, batteries, and accessories, including discontinued models, please send your donation by regular mail to the address below.  Processing will be handled generally within two weeks of receipt, and a letter of receipt will be sent to the donor.



Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation™
Attn: Donations
1413 S MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, IL 62704