Consumer/Parent Workshop Saturday, July 29, 2017 / 1:00 – 4:00 pm Hilton San Francisco Union Square / Continental Ballroom 1-4
The American Cochlear Implant Alliance, Stanford University School of Medicine, and University of California San Francisco have partnered together to offer a workshop geared towards parents and family members of children with cochlear implants, as well as adult CI recipients and family members.
This is a unique opportunity to receive updates on ongoing research and clinical advances in the field of cochlear implants. Exhibitors, including cochlear implant manufacturer representatives and San Francisco/ Bay Area hearing care providers, will also be available to discuss their services and technology. The information presented will also be of interest to those who are exploring cochlear implants for themselves or for family members. Realtime captioning will be provided to ensure communication access for people with hearing loss. In addition, Spanish-language captioning will be available through a mobile app. Please note that this is not an appropriate venue for children, and childcare will not be provided.
Session Topics Include:
MUSIC AND COCHLEAR IMPLANTS - This session will include discussion of the technical and biological factors that limit or support music enjoyment in CI recipients, as well as practical strategies to enhance music listening and participation.
THE LISTENING BRAIN: RESEARCH TO PRACTICE - “The ear is connected to the brain.” This is a topic of increasing interest and discussion among those in the cochlear implant community. It reflects our growing understanding of the effects of severe-to-profound deafness—not only on children but also on the cognitive status of older adults. This session will provide an overview of research across those with severe to profound hearing loss at both ends of the age spectrum exploring the effect of cochlear implantation on hearing, speech perception, spoken language development, social interaction, and neurocognitive/psychological health.
FOSTERING RESILIENCY FROM CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOOD - This panel will feature CI users of different ages and will aim to discuss personal advocacy, self-esteem, identity, CI functionality, available services (such as interpreters, CART, FM/roger), and the personal skills needed to maintain resiliency as a CI user.
THE FUTURE OF COCHLEAR IMPLANTS - This session will be geared towards future advancements in the field of CI. Topics will include indications for cochlear implantation in expanded populations, major advances in cochlear implant technology, improving awareness about the benefit derived from such technology, and ensuring that access to care is available for all who need it.