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CI2018 DC Emerging Issues in Cochlear Implantation
March 7-10, 2018 / Washington DC

We invite you to visit the CI2018DC website ( for more information regarding the Emerging Issues, abstract submission, registration, venue, travel, and more.

Registration is now open.  Click here to register.  Early bird rates until December 3, 2017.

If you are an individual professional member and you need your code to register, click HERE. Organizational members email Susan Thomas,, for your code. 

Student Scholarship opportunities are available. Click HERE for an application. Scholarship applications are due by November 30, 2017.

Student/Resident Poster Competition

ACI Alliance encourages student/resident attendees of the upcoming CI2018 DC Symposium to submit a poster. If you have worked on a research project or have an interesting clinical case, please submit your research and plan to present a poster as part of your participation in the upcoming conference.  Visit for further details and entry information.

ACI Alliance on the Hill

 Join us March 7th as ACI Alliance meets with Congressional Members and staff to familiarize them with the extraordinary benefits of cochlear implants as well as access concerns. Training will be provided in two ways: (1) Via telephone training 2 weeks prior to the event and (2) at a lunch time training on March 7 at 11AM. Due to the logistics of organizing an event like this, member participation is limited to 100 people. To submit an application to participate in ACI Alliance on the Hill click HERE.

The Listening Project

A new documentary by Irene Taylor Brodsky and Jane R. Madell, will premiere on Friday, March 9 at the CI2018 DC Emerging Issues Symposium in Washington, DC.  A champagne reception and panel discussion with the filmmakers and four of the young adults featured will follow conference sessions on Friday afternoon. This special event is free for conference attendees. Click HERE to learn more.

CI2018 DC Emerging Issues:

Parental Engagement in Pediatric CI Outcomes
Parents and the home routines they create play central roles in a child’s development. Research in pediatric CI outcomes has identified specific ways in which significant caregivers can promote acquisition and growth in spoken language and literacy skills in children with hearing loss. This research also highlights the effectiveness of providing parents and caregivers with specific knowledge and strategies that can be woven into family life to support their child’s communication and literacy development.

Quality of Life Associated with Cochlear Implantation
Measures of health-related quality of life (QOL) provide unique information about the impact of a disability and its treatment. The NIH, FDA and CMS have all added QOL as outcome measures for healthcare interventions. Conventional measures of CI outcomes such as auditory and communicative competence (i.e., word and sentence recognition) are essential but do not adequately capture the broad impact of deafness on a patient’s physical, behavioral, social and emotional functioning. A poor correlation between self-report and such typically measured outcomes represents a significant gap in how we assess CIs in adults, which impairs clinicians’ ability to comprehensively quantify CI benefits, preoperatively counsel patients on CI expectations, and provide intervention in areas not related to communication. The session will examine the use of QOL instruments to allow direct input from the CI population and families regarding CI benefits on an individual’s daily functioning, beyond speech understanding.

Cochlear Implant Practice Management: Maximizing Value for Optimal Delivery of Care
As indications for cochlear implantation continue to expand, constraints in serving patients at already busy cochlear implant centers will worsen. Some centers have instituted innovative practices to optimize efficiency in delivering clinical services. This session will examine techniques and technologies already in place as well as possible future innovations that could improve efficiency and value for CI centers and patients. Such innovations include telehealth in the evaluation, pre-operative, and post-operative elements of CI; in-center programming efficiencies; outsourced audiology services; and industry utilization. Patients may benefit from satellite centers in smaller cities or rural areas that are now poorly served. Existing and needed research to guide adoption and use of such innovative practices will be reviewed.

CI Candidacy in 2018
When cochlear implants were first introduced, candidacy determination was a straightforward process: patients were expected to have bilateral profound deafness and demonstrate no benefit from hearing aids, which often meant 0% speech recognition. As technology has improved, CI candidacy has expanded to include patients with greater amounts of residual hearing and greater speech recognition skills. This session will review recent changes in CI Candidacy, including the use of contemporary measures to evaluate traditional candidates, medical/surgical considerations when determining CI Candidacy, the role that age and cognition play in candidacy considerations, and expansion of candidacy to include patients with SSD and asymmetric hearing losses.

Enhanced Offerings for Educators and Speech Language Pathologists. 

Based on feedback from previous conference years, we will provide enhanced offerings for Speech Language Pathologists and Educators. Please click HERE for further details. 

CI2018 DC Preliminary Schedule
Please note that session dates and speakers may change.

Wednesday, March 7

ACI Alliance on the Hill
Corporate Satellite Events

Thursday, March 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

Friday, March 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.

Saturday, March 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

Pre-Conference Programs

Attendees may attend industry programs on Wednesday afternoon. Details will be available soon.

As in prior years, we will take advantage of being in Washington, DC to visit with our Congressional representatives for ACI Alliance on the Hill on Wednesday beginning with a briefing luncheon at 11AM. This is a unique opportunity for us to address access to cochlear implantation with our elected officials. Governmental affairs in our Capitol may not seem to be your expertise but in fact, it is your knowledge of cochlear implants and the impact that they have on children and adults that makes us effective advocates. When we last did this in 2015, 90 ACI Alliance advocates arrived early at the CI conference to participate in Capitol Hill visits. This was a rewarding and valuable element of the conference experience.

Up to 130 people may participate in the Hill advocacy. We will make the appointments, provide materials, develop messaging, help participants prepare before and on-site, and provide bus transportation. Click HERE to be part of ACI Alliance on the Hill.

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