CI2020 Online Content for Consumers and Parents

The CI2020 Online program is intended primarily for cochlear implant clinicians and scientists though some of the content may be of interest to consumers and parents. The conference explores a range of current and emerging topics that impact on outcomes for adults and children with cochlear implants. If someone is not seeking continuing education credits, the program is free and open.  Some consumers and parents may benefit from the content and for those we offer the following suggestions as being particularly relevant. All of the content is captioned in English. To turn on the captions, click on the CC box on the right bottom of the screen. Although there may be others of interest, the courses noted may be appropriate for consumers and parents.  Since they are free and open, there is nothing lost by taking a look at these excellent talks by world renown experts.

The conference is divided into three sessions, each with four or five one-hour courses.  To view the full conference program, go to:

Free conference access is via registration on AudiologyOnline:

Among the courses we particularly recommend for consumers and parents are:

Session 3 (cognition, asymmetric hearing loss, bimodal/bilateral):

  • “Hearing Loss and Cognition” (Paul van de Heyning, MD, PhD)
  • Evidence of Expanded Indications in Adult Cases of Single-Sided Deafness (Kevin Brown MD, PhD)
  • Cochlear Implantation in Pediatric Cases of Single-Sided Deafness” (Lisa Park AuD)
  • “Outcomes for Participants with Asymmetric Hearing Loss - Initial Results of a Clinical Trial” (Jill Firszt PhD)
  • Clinical Determination of Bimodal versus Bilateral Cochlear Implant Candidacy” (Rene Gifford PhD)

Session 2 (on CI access):

  • Increasing Access to Cochlear Implants in the Community: A Novel Approach” (William Shapiro AuD)
  • “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)



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.