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CI2020 has been CANCELLED

To continue the energy and share the timely clinical research that our international cochlear implant community had planned to share in Orlando at CI2020 International, we are organizing an entirely online conference for viewing in late April (with CEUs available). ACI Alliance is thrilled to be partnering with AudiologyOnline and to provide this important learning opportunity.

CI2020 Cancellation Update

As earlier noted, we will return all conference registration payments in full.  Please give us time to do this.  We estimated earlier 30 days and believe we will be able to meet that timeframe.  Our meeting planning team is working from home (like the rest of the country) and it will take a bit longer to issue those refunds than if they were in their offices.  Payment will be in the same form that the registration was made originally; credit card payments will show up as a credit and those who paid by check will receive a check.  Checks will likely take a bit longer but everyone—regardless of how you paid—you will get a refund.

CI2020 & COVID-19 Update 


Where: Hyatt Regency Orlando, FL
When: March 18-21, 2020

Scientific Program Committee: University of North Carolina



Co-Chairs (shown in photo left to right): Harold C. Pillsbury MD, Margaret Dillon AuD, Kevin D. Brown MD, PhD


Advance Registration for CI2020 International is now available!

Click here to register online for CI2020 International

Registration Deadline: Registrations must be received by January 21, 2020 at 11:59 pm CT to receive the Early Bird registration rate. 



Scientific Program:




The CI2020 Scientific Program committee will assemble an exciting robust program, offering a variety of keynote lectures, panel discussions, and podium and poster presentations discussing research on cochlear implant and other implantable technologies across the age continuum.

Notifications on decision-making on abstract submissions for CI2020 International will be sent to all who submitted by November 28.

Anticipated session topics include SSD Surgery and Device, Intelligent Mapping in Expanded Indication Subjects, EAS in Adults, Beyond Speech Perception, Increasing CI Market Penetration and much more!


CI2020 International Scientific Program Schedule
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Industry Satellite Symposium: MED-EL
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Industry Satellite Symposium: Advanced Bionics
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM Industry Satellite Symposium: Cochlear Americas
TBD ACI Alliance 2021 Program Committee Meeting*
TBD ACI Alliance Board Meeting*
TBD ACI Alliance State Champions Meeting*
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Industry Satellite Symposium: Cochlear Americas
8:40 AM - 9:10 AM Welcome and Opening
9:10 AM - 9:40 AM John Niparko Memorial Lecture; Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD
9:40 AM - 4:15 PM Concurrent Sessions
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM Poster Session
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Welcome Reception
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Industry Satellite Symposium: Advanced Bionics
8:40 AM - 9:25 AM ACI Alliance Member Meeting
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Invited Keynote Lecture
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Concurrent Sessions
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM (Re)Habilitation Forum: From Data to Delivery; followed by reception
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Concurrent Sessions
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Industry Satellite Symposium: MED-EL
8:40 AM - 9:10 AM Invited Keynote Lecture
9:10 AM - 12:45 PM Concurrent Sessions
12:45 PM Meeting Adjourns
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM Consumer Workshop: Parents of Pediatric Recipients
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM Consumer Workshop: Adult Recipients
*Invitation Only Click here for a quick reference brochure


The John Niparko Memorial Lecture will be given by Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD on degeneration and regeneration of the inner ear. Dr. Stankovic is Chief, Division of Otology and Neurotology and Director of the Molecular Neurotology and Biotechnology Lab at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University.


Dr. Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD


Keynote Speakers:


Oliver Adunka, MD (USA) on electric-acoustic stimulation in adult cochlear implant recipients

Matthew Carlson, MD (USA) on early cochlear implantation in children

Teresa Ching, PhD (Australia) on language development in pediatric cochlear implant recipients

Bruce Gantz, MD (USA) on measures beyond those conducted in the sound booth to assess the effectiveness of cochlear implant use

René Gifford, PhD (USA) on bimodal and bilateral cochlear implantation

Paul van de Heyning, MD, PhD (Belgium) on cognition and cochlear implantation


Consumer/Parent Workshop in Orlando March 21, 2020
How Recent Scientific Discoveries are Advancing Cochlear Implant Benefits

An afternoon workshop and exhibit area for adults, family members, and parents who have or are exploring cochlear implants. Receive answers to your questions and engage directly with cochlear implant scientists and clinicians on up-to-date research and clinical evidence. Learn about what you can do to support an adult or child to maximize their performance with their cochlear implant(s).



Join us Friday from 1230-5pm for A Special (Re) Habilitation Connect Forum.


(Re) Habilitation connect forum


Climbing the Ladder to Success: Audiology Professional Development

Friday, March 20, 2020 /5:15pm-6pm

Calling all Audiologists! Have you ever wondered how you can grow professionally? Is it difficult to find a mentor at your current place of employment? Do you want to connect with experts in the field and learn more about the “climb to success”? If so, this special CI2020 session is exactly what you need!

Audiologists often have limited mentorship throughout their career which can make the process of navigating the professional climb seem daunting and impossible. This session will address the need for mentorship in audiology and will outline potential challenges for achieving academic success. A panel of CI audiology experts will tell their stories of professional development and will answer questions from the audience. This is a unique opportunity for audiologists to learn from one another and develop potential mentor / mentee relationships.



Meredith Holcomb, AuD, University of Miami


Allison Biever, AuD, Rocky Mountain Ear Center

Rene Gifford, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Bill Shapiro, AuD, NYU Cochlear Implant Center

Holly Teagle, AuD, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Andrea Warner-Czyz, PhD, Caller Center, UT Dallas

Terry Zwolan, PhD, University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Program


Industry Satellite Symposia:

Event Schedule


Event Time


Wednesday, March 18, 2020


1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Advanced Bionics

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Cochlear Americas

4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cochlear Americas

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Friday, March 20, 2020

Advanced Bionics

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Saturday, March 21, 2020


7:30 am - 8:30 am


Continuing Education:

The specific hours to be provided for each Continuing Education Program provider will depend upon the final conference program. A similar educational program was offered at the CI2019 Pediatric Symposium and the hours provided that year were as follows:

AAA: Up to 2.15 CEUs/1.40 Tier 1 CEUs
ASHA: Up to 2.15 ASHA CEUs
AG Bell: Up to 21.5 LSLS CEUs
ACS: Up to 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits



Student Scholarships are offered annually by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance for these meetings. Scholarships are intended for full-time students, fellows and postdoctoral scholars who have a clinical or research interest in cochlear implants. Awards will include registration, a $120 travel stipend to help offset expenses, and a one-year student membership in ACI Alliance. Scholarship recipients are required to attend the conference in full.

Applications are due no later than December 13, 2019. (CLOSED)

A Student Poster Competition is also available for abstracts submitted by student authors. 



P: 407-284-1234

Reservation deadline: February 17, 2020

Online Reservations: Click "Hotel Reservations" or enter into your web browser. All events will take place at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

*The Hyatt Regency Orlando does not have an onsite childcare program, however the hotel concierge can assist with providing in-room babysitting services from these recommended services:

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The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.