CI2020 Online: Evidence-based conference content


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The CI2020 Online conference, offered in partnership with AudiologyOnline and, features renowned researchers, physicians, clinicians and educators. The high-quality, evidence-based information presented is applicable to all professionals working in the field of cochlear implantation as well as those who want to learn more about it. The conference explores a range of current and emerging topics that significantly impact outcomesfor adults and children with cochlear implants and other auditory devices.

CI2020 Online is offered in three sessions; each session includes four or five one-hour courses. All courses are available on demand; you can view as many as you would like in any order you wish.   

CI2020 Online - Session 1

Session 1 consists of four, 1-hour presentations covering the following topics:

1. Implications and Techniques for Individualized Mapping

  • Frequency-to-Place Mismatch and Place-Based Mapping - Brendan O'Connell, MD & Margaret Dillon, AuD
  • The Influence of Electrode Insertion Depth and Auditory Plasticity on Frequency Mismatch in SSD Patients - Mario Svirsky, PhD

2. Challenging Mapping Cases

  • Case 1 - Allison Biever, AuD
  • Case 2 - Sarah Coulthurst, MS
  • Case 3 - Artur Lorens, PhD
  • Case 4 - Kara Schvartz-Leyzac, AuD, PhD

3. Candidacy Evaluation for Expanding Indications for Cochlear Implantation

  • Update on CMS Candidacy Criteria Expansion Study - Terry Zwolan, PhD & Craig Buchman, MD
  • Development of a 60/60 Guideline for Referring Adults for a Traditional CI Evaluation - Terry Zwolan, PhD
  • Benefits of hearing registry for evaluating cochlear implant candidacy in quiet - Camille Dunn, PhD

4. Cochlear: Maximizing the Possibilities for Every Patient 

  • Presenters: Stephanie Bourn, AuD; Jourdan Holder, AuD; Megan Mears, AuD; Shawn Stevens, MD; Terry Zwolan, PhD; Patricia Trautwein, AuD


CI2020 Online - Session 2

CI2020 Online is offered in three sessions. Session 2 consists of four, 1-hour presentations covering the following topics:

1. Cochlear Implantation in Young Children

  • Surgical and Audiological Outcomes of Cochlear Implantation in Children 12 Months of Age and Younger: Evidence for the Expansion of Candidacy Criteria - Matthew Carlson, MD
  • Speech production and speech intelligibility as independent and interdependent outcomes in long-term pediatric implant users - Ann Geers, PhD
  • Defining full time use in pediatric cochlear implant users - Erika Gagnon, AuD

2. Supporting the Patient and Family

  • Parenting Stress, Involvement & Self-Efficacy: Impact on Spoken Language - Ivette Cejas, PhD
  • The Science of Character Strengths Intervention and Ways to Successfully Coach and Empower Caregivers - Joanne Travers
  • Reliability and Efficiency of Smart Phone Remote Assessment of Sound Detection and Speech Perception - Holly Teagle, AuD

3. Increasing CI Market Penetration and Practice Management

  • Increasing Access to Cochlear Implants in the Community: A Novel Approach - William Shapiro, AuD
  • Self-Identified Patient Barriers to Pursuit of Cochlear Implantation - Jacob Hunter, MD
  • US Cochlear Implant Utilization: 2020 Update - Donna Sorkin, MA
  • Consensus for cochlear implantation and a standard of care for adults with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss - Meredith Holcomb, AuD

4. MED-EL: Closer to Natural Hearing for Every Individual

  • Presenters: Hanif Ladak, PhD, P.Eng.; Josh Stohl, PhD; Allison Racey, AuD; Michael Dorman, PhD, Michael Canfarotta, MD; Barbara Foster, AuD; Darla Franz


CI2020 Online - Session 3

CI2020 Online is offered in three sessions. Session 3 consists of five, 1-hour presentations covering the following topics:

1. Cochlear Implantation in Pediatric and Adult Cases of Single-Sided Deafness and Asymmetric Hearing Loss

  • Evidence of Expanded Indications in Adult Cases of Single-Sided Deafness - Kevin Brown, MD
  • Cochlear Implantation in Pediatric Case of Single-Sided Deafness - Lisa Park, AuD
  • Outcomes for Participants with Asymmetric Hearing Loss - Initial Results of a Clinical Trial - Jill Firszt, PhD

2. Challenging Surgical Cases

  • Case 1 - David Haynes, MD
  • Case 2 - Nancy Young, MD
  • Case 3 - Fred Telischi, MD

3. Cognition and Cochlear Implantation

  • Cognition & Cochlear Implantation in Postlingual Older Adults with Profound Sensorineural Hearing Loss - Paul van de Heyning, MD, PhD
  • Signal Quality Impacts the Role of Cognition during Speech Recognition by Adults with Cochlear Implants - Aaron Moberly, MD

4. Bimodal, Bilateral, and Electric-Acoustic Stimulation

  • Clinical Determination of Bimodal versus Bilateral Cochlear Implant Candidacy - Rene Gifford, PhD
  • Why is it Important to Preserve Low Frequency Acoustic Hearing: Central Auditory Processing  - Bruce Gantz, MD

5. Advanced Bionics: Clinical Applications of the AIM System

  • Presenters: Aniket Saoji, PhD; Oliver Adunka, MD; Sarah Coulthurst, AuD


Continuing Education for CI2020 Online

CI2020 Online will be available beginning on May 4, 2020, on AudiologyOnline and

Conference access will be via registration on AudiologyOnline (free access to view conference, $99 for an annual membership/CEU access) or via registration on ($99 CEU subscription required to view as well as to earn CEUs). CI2020 Online is offered in three sessions. To earn CEUs for a session, you will need to view all of the courses in each session.  You can view the sessions and the individual courses in any order you wish. Annual memberships to AudiologyOnline and include unlimited access to earn CEUs from all of the courses in their robust continuing education course libraries. 

We will provide the registration links to CI2020 on May 4. CI2020 Online is not limited to ACI Alliance members—we welcome professionals from around the globe to join us. 

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.