3 Reasons to Pay Attention to Your Hearing Health (and steps you can take right now). 

Give the gift of hearing!

At Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund, we believe a person’s ability to hear should not depend on their ability to pay.

Ensure all cochlear implant recipients have support & working equipment in order to thrive in their daily lives by making a donation now.

Join us for our annual, virtual fundraiser Dec 2, 2023!

Ready to spread holiday cheer and make a meaningful impact? 
Get your tickets now*. Your presence and contribution can change lives. Let’s light up the season together! 
*Your ticket price includes the replay of the event, so even if you can’t join us live, you can watch the event.

3 Reasons to Join Us

  1. Holiday Joy & Giving: Jumpstart your festivities with a heartwarming virtual event filled with the joy of giving, dazzling inspiration, and lively holiday tunes. 
  2. Festive Fun for Everyone: Whether you’re dealing with hearing loss, have cochlear implants, or have normal hearing, this celebration is for all. Grab your favorite cocktail, don festive attire, and let’s celebrate together! 
  3. Inspiring Speakers: Be inspired by incredible individuals who’ve broken barriers and made a significant impact:
    • Katie Petruzziello: An award-winning author and advocate dedicated to inclusive books for deaf and hard-of-hearing children, and mom of a cochlear implant recipient.
    • Dr. Chad Ruffin: A pioneering surgeon and hearing scientist, the first surgeon with severe hearing loss to use cochlear implants. Join him for a VIP “Ask Me Anything” Zoom session!
    • Professor Jim Patrick: A world authority on cochlear implants, join him for a VIP Zoom session!


The Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund is thrilled to announce our endorsement by Hollywood legend and life-long philanthropist, Ruta Lee!
Ruta has been a major force behind The Thalians foundation for over 60 years.
Watch Ruta’s message here.❤️

Get Support

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We offer a variety of services to ensure cochlear implant recipients are supported in all ways to achieve the best hearing results and reach their full potential.


Your donation ensures cochlear implant recipients have access to the necessary equipment for maximum hearing benefit, as well as support for healthy self-esteem and self-acceptance in order to achieve their full potential.

Cochlear implant recipients straddle two worlds: the deaf and hearing worlds. When wearing their external sound processor(s), they are part of the hearing world. They build their lives around this world–going to school, work, communicating with friends and family, enjoying TV, movies, the telephone and music. This also includes having awareness of sounds around them for enjoyment and safety. All the things normal hearing people do and experience.
Without their sound processors, they are clinically deaf.
Unable to participate in the hearing world they have built their lives around.
Most people do not realize that there are ongoing, lifetime costs associated with keeping the external sound processors operating in order for cochlear implant recipients to participate in the hearing world. Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not cover these ongoing costs. The average costs of using disposable batteries is $240+ per year, for each ear, and the cost to replace a rechargeable battery is $250+. A typical sound processor repair can cost an average of $750 each. Replacement parts to keep a sound processor functioning can range from $99 to more than $500. A new or upgraded sound processor costs over $10,000.
Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund is dedicated to ensuring all cochlear implant recipients have ongoing access to the equipment they need in order to continue thriving in the hearing world.
Your donation will ensure cochlear implant recipients are not separated from life in the hearing world. In fact, it will ensure they thrive!