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Mar 2018
Mar 2018


OMNI Shoreham Hotel 2500 Calvert Ave. Washington , District of Columbia 20008
Tel: (202) 234-0700
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CI2018 Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children






$280 - $795


Event Overview:

The CI2018 Emerging Issues Symposium is a forum for hearing health clinicians, scientists, students and governmental officials to come together to share research and best clinical practices relating to cochlear implants and other implantable auditory devices. The Symposium will feature 2 ½ days of clinical research presentations. This popular format combines invited speakers and panels on key emerging issues as well as submitted podium and poster presentations.

On Wednesday, prior to the official meeting start, we welcome our members to participate in ACI Alliance on the Hill. This is an opportunity to share our perspectives on cochlear implant care and access with both members of Congress and appointed officials.

Welcome to the 16th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children!

Platinum Exhibitors

The ACI Alliance would like to thank the following Platinum level exhibitors for their support of the CI2018 DC Meeting.

Advanced Bionics

Cochlear Americas


Gold Exhibitors

The ACI Alliance would like to thank the following Gold level exhibitors for their support of the CI2018 DC Meeting.

Oticon Medical

Silver Exhibitors

The ACI Alliance would like to thank the following Silver level exhibitors for their support of the CI2018 DC Meeting.


CapTel Captioned Telephone

Plural Publishing

Exhibitor Information:

Don't miss this excellent opportunity to interact with over 1,200 physicians, audiologists, speech pathologists, educators, hearing scientists and members of industry. This three-day meeting provides educational and networking opportunities as well as the chance to interact directly with you, our corporate partners. Attendees come prepared to explore a range of hearing loss and varying technology needs by comparing products firsthand and planning purchases. Anticipate a high level of engagement and we encourage you to showcase your technology beyond the cochlear implant! 

About the ACI Alliance:

The American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a not-for-profit membership organization created with the purpose of eliminating barriers to cochlear implantation by sponsoring research, driving heightened awareness and advocating for improved access to cochlear implants for patients of all ages across the US. ACI Alliance members are clinicians, scientists, educators, and others on cochlear implant teams as well as parent and consumer advocates. An annual meeting for professional members is convened.


In 2010, a group of surgeons, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and representatives of Cochlear Implant manufacturers met to discuss the initiation of an organization that would address the existing challenges they faced involving Cochlear Implants. This group determined that an inclusive and collaborative organization was needed to eliminate barriers to cochlear implantation. The organization would drive change by improving access to, and increasing awareness about Cochlear Implants through a concerted effort among health care professionals, patients and their families, corporations, clinics and hospitals. The founding members began working on building this important organization and in 2011 the "American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance Foundation” was incorporated as a non-profit entity.


Mar 7   

ACI Alliance on the Hill - click HERE to apply. Participation is limited. 
Corporate Satellite Events - to register click HERE.

Mar 8   

Opening Ceremonies and Dr. John Niparko Memorial Lecture

Emerging Issue: Quality of Life and Cochlear Implantation
Co-Chairs: Theodore McRackan MD, MSCR, Medical University of SC, Ivette Cejas PhD, University of Miami Ear Institute

  • Quality of Life Instrument Development in Adults, T. McRackan MD, MUSC
  • QOL-CI: Development & Clinical Utility of a Pediatric Quality of Life Instrument, Ivette Cejas PhD, University of Miami
  • Cost Effectiveness Analysis and Cochlear Implantation, Deb Tucci MD, Duke
  • Exploring Psychosocial Determinant of Cochlear Implant Outcome in Older Adults, Howard Francis MD, MBA, Duke
  • Current State of Knowledge: Quality of Life in Adolescents with Cochlear Implants, Andrea Warner-Czyz PhD, University of Texas Dallas
  • PANEL (All of above speakers)

Concurrent Podium Sessions
Evening Poster Review

Mar 9   

ACIA Organizational Update on Sponsored Research Activities and Awareness

Emerging Issue: CI Candidacy in 2018
Co-Chairs: Teresa Zwolan PhD, University of Michigan; Craig Buchman MD, Washington University

  • Introduction and Overview, Teresa Zwolan PhD and Craig Buchman MD
  • Of Sound Mind: The Role of Advanced Age and Cognition in CI Candidacy, Maura Cosetti MD, NY Eye & Ear Infirmary
  • Contemporary Procedures to Evaluate Traditional CI Candidates, Sandra Prentiss PhD,University of Miami
  • Medical Considerations for Children and Adults when Determining Cochlear Implant Candidacy, Oliver Adunka MD, Ohio State University
  • Expanding Indications to Include Patients with SSD and Asymmetrical Hearing Loss, Jill Firszt PhD, Washington University
  • PANEL (All of above speakers)

Difficult Cases: 3 Concurrent Sessions for Physicians, Audiologists, SLPs/Educators

Emerging Issue: Parental Engagement in Pediatric CI Outcomes
Co-Chairs: Karen Johnson PhD, USC; Dana Suskind MD, University of Chicago; Sally Tannenbaum Katsaggelos MEd, University of Chicago

  • Language input matters earlier than you think! Roberta Golinkoff PhD, University of DE
  • Thirty Million Words: A Public Health Approach to Early Childhood Education, Dana Suskind MD, University of Chicago
  • Responsive Adult-Child Interaction During Joint Book Reading: Supporting Children’s Early Language and Literacy, Jean DesJardin PhD, Moravian College
  • Summer Literacy Intervention for Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Bilingual Homes: Parents as Partners, Karen Johnson PhD, USC
  • PANEL (All of above speakers)

Concurrent Podium Sessions
Evening Movie Premiere "The Listening Project" with champagne reception and panel discussion.

Mar 10   

Emerging Issue: Cochlear Implant Practice Management: Maximizing value for the optimal delivery of care
Co-Chairs: David Haynes MD, Vanderbilt University; Holly Teagle AuD, UNC, Meredith Holcomb AuD, Medical University of South Carolina

  • Panel One: Pre-Implant and Surgical Issues including patient recruitment, scheduling expediency, evaluation and counseling, intra-operative monitoring, effect of expanded candidate indications on surgical processes, patient access, non-essential paperwork/services
  • Panel Two: Post-Implant Immediate and Long-Term Care including device programming, expanded indications impact on patient care, de-centralization of audiological care telemedicine and practice partners, CI manufacturer support

Concurrent Podium Sessions



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