Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants
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Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants: Merging Technologies, Expanding Benefits

Hearing Loss Association of America Research Symposium 2017, Salt Lake City



Hearing aids and cochlear implants are no longer separate, distinct and mutually exclusive technologies that serve disparate populations of people who are defined as either “hard of hearing” or “deaf.” Increasingly people are combining the benefits of both platforms to reach even higher levels of performance. Research suggests that combining hearing aids and cochlear implants can be synergistic, bringing people closer and closer to normal hearing. Technologies that combine these devices utilize improved sound processing strategies, new electrode configurations, sleek processor designs, Bluetooth, and telecoil to enhance usability and performance. These changes have expanded the candidate population and blurred the lines between hearing aids and cochlear implants.


  • Hearing Technology Definitions
  • Candidacy & Outcomes
  • Rehabilitation for Adults
  • Access to Hearing Technology
  • Impact of CI on Cognition in Older Adults
  • What is the next big leap for CI technology?


How Does a Cochlear Implant Work?

Hearing Technology Definitions: Where Do We Draw the Lines?: Meredith Holcomb, AuD

Cochlear Implant Candidacy

Candidacy and Outcomes for CIs and Hybrids: Holly Teagle, AuD

Cochlear Implant Outcomes

Benefits of Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation for Adults: Lindsay Zombek, MS

Cochlear Implant Access and Utilization

Access to Hearing Technology: Donna L. Sorkin, MA

Adult Cochlear Implant Benefits

Impact of Cochlear Implantation on Cognition: Richard Gurgel, MD

The Future of Cochlear Implants

What Is the Next Big Leap for Cochlear Implant Technology?: Colin Driscoll, MD




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.