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May 30, 2018

Media Contact
Donna Sorkin
dsorkin@acialliance.org
703-534-6146


WASHINGTON (May 30) -- American Cochlear Implant Alliance releases video of five stars and audiologist/filmmaker Jane Madell interacting with audience members at the world premiere of The Listening Project documentary. The new documentary profiles fourteen young adults who were born deaf but can now hear, thanks to cutting-edge technologies, including cochlear implants.

The young adults—all deaf since childhood— discuss their experiences navigating their way through school, friendships and slumber parties. They share stories about family support and judgment by others, career challenges and successes, and the importance of accepting their deafness on their own terms.

The video of the panel discussion and information about The Listening Project can be found here.

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WHAT: At The Listening Project Film Premiere with Jane Madell PhD and Five of the Stars

WHERE: https://www.acialliance.org/page/TheListeningProject

About the American Cochlear Implant 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 U.S. ACI Alliance members are clinicians, scientists, educators, and others on cochlear implant teams as well as parent and consumer advocates.

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April 30, 2018

MEDIA ALERT

American Cochlear Implant Alliance
Adult Rehabilitation Blog


WHO: The American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a not-for-profit membership organization created with the purpose of eliminating barriers to cochlear implantation. Our mission is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.

WHAT: American Cochlear Implant Alliance offers a unique auditory rehabilitation resource, Naama’s Blog. The blog provides support to adults who are either candidates for, or recipients of, cochlear implants and is also of interest to hearing care professionals. Coordinated by Naama Tsach, PhD a speech and language therapist and educational audiologist, and two additional authors, it covers a range of topics on cochlear implantation rehabilitation for adults of all ages.

Naama writes a blog for CI recipients and their families. Her blog offers CI users support and reflects the importance of auditory rehabilitation following cochlear implantation. Her posts feature tips and strategies for building new auditory skills, and to continually find ways to move forward. Her new posting describes the role of a personal auditory trainer. http://www.acialliance.org/blogpost/1334356/300690/Being-a-Personal-Auditory-Trainer

Bruce Sloane's blog, An Octogenarian’s CI Journey, details his passage to improve his quality of life with a cochlear implant. His story began more than thirty years ago when he noticed a change in his hearing. His blog follows his journey with hearing aids and a turning point that helped him move forward his decision for a CI—thanks to an accidental meeting with a CI recipient in a supermarket. The most recent posts focus on his surgery and activation. This is a great resource for any adult considering a cochlear implant as well as family members: http://www.acialliance.org/blogpost/1644925/An-Octogenarian-s-CI-Journey

Miranda Meyers is a college student who was implanted as a young child. Her blog, A Young Adults Perspective on Life with Cochlear Implants, covers her life experiences.
http://www.acialliance.org/blogpost/1555801/A-Young-Adult-s-Perspective-on-Life-with-Cochlear-Implants

WHY: Although virtually all children and their families receive therapy and support post cochlear implantation, many adults do not. Adults need guidance and therapy too!

CONTACT: For more information contact Jessica Houk at jhouk@acialliance.org
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February 21, 2018

Media Contact
Andrew Grafton
andrew@keybridge.biz
(202)-471-4228 ext. 119

Advocacy Group to Host World Premiere of Documentary "The Listening Project"

WASHINGTON (February 22) -- Next month, the American Cochlear Implant Alliance will host the premiere of The Listening Project, a documentary co-created by renowned audiologist Jane Madell and Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky. The film profiles 15 young adults who were born deaf but can now hear, thanks to cutting-edge technologies, including cochlear implants.

"The Listening Project shows that nothing is impossible for deaf kids," Madell said. "Thanks to years of determination and hard work -- and with an assist from some innovative technology -- these young adults have built lives and careers the world may not have thought were possible for them."

The film's stars are 15 deaf twenty- and thirty-somethings who rely on groundbreaking medical devices to hear. Most received cochlear implants -- electronic hearing devices that bypass a wearer's ears and send auditory signals directly to the brain.

Some received their devices as young children, while others did not get them until they were teenagers. All underwent years of therapy with Madell in order to acclimate their brain to hearing and learn to speak. They've gone on to build successful careers as doctors, business analysts, neuroscientists, musicians, and audiologists, among other pursuits. Most speak like they've never had a hearing loss.

"The young people in The Listening Project offer an example that all of us can aspire to, both those with hearing loss and those without," said Donna Sorkin, executive director of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. "The future for deaf children today is even brighter, as cochlear implant technology has improved rapidly since the stars of the film were kids."

The trailer for The Listening Project can be found here. The film will premiere Friday, March 9 at 5 p.m., at the ACI Alliance's CI2018 Emerging Issues in Cochlear Implantation Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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To schedule an interview with the team behind The Listening Project or to request press credentials for the film's premiere March 9, please contact Andrew Grafton at andrew@keybridge.biz or (202)-471-4228 ext. 119.

WHAT: The Listening Project Documentary Premiere
WHEN: Friday, March 9, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

About the American Cochlear Implant 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 U.S. ACI Alliance members are clinicians, scientists, educators, and others on cochlear implant teams as well as parent and consumer advocates.

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February 20, 2018

MEDIA ALERT

Congressman David B McKinley to Open
Emerging Issues in Cochlear Implantation
Washington DC / March 8-10, 2018


WHO: The American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance sponsors an annual Clinical Research conference that provides opportunities for physicians, clinicians, scientists, and educators to share information. CI2018 DC, Emerging Issue in Cochlear Implantation, will focus on cochlear implant technology, utilization, and quality of life outcomes.

WHAT: Congressman David B McKinley will join us to open the conference. Congressman McKinley is the Co-Chair of Congressional Hearing Health Caucus, serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Subcommittee on Energy, the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, and is the Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment. Congressman McKinley is the only member of Congress who has a cochlear implant.

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 8:30 am.

WHERE: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC

WHY: American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness. Cochlear implants provide life-changing opportunities for children and adults who do not benefit sufficiently from hearing aids.

DETAILS: More information and to schedule an interview: www.acialliance.org |Donna Sorkin, dsorkin@acialliance.org (cell) 703.585.7336

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April 28, 2017

MEDIA ALERT

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act
Passes Senate Committee on April 26

Details:
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed a bill to reauthorize Federal newborn hearing screening programs for the next five years. The bill, S.652, now goes to the full Senate for consideration. ACI Alliance, working in a coalition of organizations in hearing healthcare, has been working to advance EHDI reauthorization. The Senate bill effort was led by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA). A House bill is being led by Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA).

Importance:
The legislation provides Federal funds to states for newborn hearing screening and early intervention services for young children up to age 3. The bill includes language intended to ensure assessment for the full range of assistive hearing technologies appropriate for newborns, infants, and young children. Pediatric outcomes with cochlear implants are dependent upon early identification and early CI, when appropriate.

Next Steps:
ACI Alliance will continue its collaborative efforts in support of the House and Senate bill progression. Watch our website and social media for more details.

Contact: For more information contact Donna Sorkin (dsorkin@acialliance.org)

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September 14, 2016

MEDIA ALERT

Cochlear Implants 2016: Advances in Candidacy, Technology, and Outcomes:
Factors That Drive the Expansion of Pediatric Cochlear Implant Candidacy by Terry Zwolan and Donna Sorkin

WHAT:
The article Cochlear Implants 2016: Advances in Candidacy, Technology, and Outcomes, Factors That Drive the Expansion of Pediatric Cochlear Implant Candidacy by ACI Alliance members Terry Zwolan and Donna Sorkin is available in the June 2016 Perspectives, a special interest group on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood ASHA publication. Free open access is available until September 28, 2016.

LINK:
http://perspectives.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2531454

WHO:
This article reviews the progress made in cochlear implantation and stresses the importance of hearing health care professionals to be familiar with current technology and candidacy criteria. Pediatricians and primary care physicians will also benefit from the information to help refer patients for appropriate CI intervention.

WHY:
Identification methods, clinical practices, candidacy guidelines and technology progress have made cochlear implantation more accessible over the years. This article summarizes and informs readers of the improved outcomes and brings to attention the improvements that still need to occur to improve access to cochlear implant technology.

American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to improving access to cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness. Its members are otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech pathologists, educators and others on cochlear implant teams as well as parent and consumer advocates. The mission of ACI Alliance is to expand access to cochlear implants through research, advocacy and awareness.

For more information, go to www.acialliance.org, @acialliance
Contact: Donna Sorkin dsorkin@acialliance.org, 703.534.6146 (office)

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July 28, 2016

MEDIA ALERT

New Web Resource
Cochlear Implant Coverage Under Health Insurance


WHAT: ACI Alliance published a new online resource on insurance coverage for cochlear implants (CI) including employer plans, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security disability eligibility (for those under age 65) and other resources that may be applicable. Available free and online on the ACI Alliance website: http://www.acialliance.org/page/Insurance

WHO: The new Insurance Resource is intended to assist clinicians, educators and early interventionists working with children or adults with hearing loss as well as consumers and families who wish to pursue cochlear implants. Primary care physicians will also benefit from the information and being able to advise patients on insurance for the CI intervention.

WHY: Considerable confusion remains regarding cochlear implants and coverage under health insurance. The majority of health plans cover cochlear implants for appropriate individuals of all ages from young children up to older adults. This resource discusses traditional insurance as well as some “non-traditional” funding sources that may be less familiar such as Social Security Disability and social service organizations. Certain aspects of the CI intervention such as rehabilitation or equipment upgrades can sometimes be difficult. These topics are also addressed with suggestions on how to overcome coverage challenges.

American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to improving access to cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness. Its members are otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech pathologists, educators and others on cochlear implant teams as well as parent and consumer advocates. The mission of ACI Alliance is to expand access to cochlear implants through research, advocacy and awareness.

For more information, go to www.acialliance.org, @acialliance
Contact: Donna Sorkin, dsorkin@acialliance.org, 703.534.6146 (office)

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May 17, 2016

MEDIA ALERT

American Cochlear Implant Alliance Announces New Board Members

WHAT:     The American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACI Alliance), a not-for-profit membership organization created with the purpose of eliminating barriers to cochlear implantation, announced the election of a new Board Chair and two new Board Members. The vote by the membership occurred at the organization’s annual conference, which this year was the 14th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Technologies May 11-14, 2016 in Toronto.  

WHO:       Elected to the Board of Directors was Colin Driscoll, MD as Chair of the Board and new Board Members Daniel Choo, MD and Meredith Holcomb AuD. 

Colin Driscoll MD graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in Otolaryngology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and a Fellowship in Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the Chair of Otorhinolaryngology and the Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic cochlear implant team in Rochester, Minnesota.  Dr. Driscoll’s interests include acoustic neuromas and other tumors of the ear, temporal bone and facial nerve, cochlear implants and other implantable hearing devices, the management of cholesteatoma, and chronic ear disease. 

Daniel Choo, MD, obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, NY and completed his Otolaryngology residency training at the Health Science Center at Syracuse. He completed fellowships in Otology/Neurotology at the Ear Research Foundation in Sarasota (FL) and the Neurotology Branch of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Choo is Director of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. 

Meredith Holcomb AuD, CCC-A is the Clinical Director of the Medical University of South Carolina Cochlear Implant Program. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication Studies. She received a Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Holcomb is active in clinical research on pediatric audiology and cochlear implants.

For more information on ACI Alliance’s board, please visit www.acialliance.org/page/Leadership2016

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

For more information or to schedule an interview please visit our website www.acialliance.org or contact Donna Sorkin dsorkin@acialliance.org

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Media Alert

Emerging Issues in Cochlear Implants
Washington DC /October 15-­‐17, 2015

The American Cochlear Implant Alliance will host the second Emerging Issues Symposium in October 2015. This year’s 2 1⁄2 day symposium will highlight six topics that may impact on cochlear implant indications and outcomes.The CI2015 conference will also explore the link between hearing restoration and neuroscience during a freewheeling discussion on Saturday morning (October 17) by eminent hearing scientists David Pisoni, Blake Wilson and Fan-­‐ Gang Zeng led by technology pioneer Vinton Cerf.  Click HERE for the complete Media Alert.

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