HLAA Webinar: Cochlear Implants Standards of Care – Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2 p.m. ET


HLAA WEBINAR

Cochlear Implants Standards of Care:
An International Consensus

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
2 p.m. Eastern Time
(1 p.m. CT, 12 p.m. MT, 11 a.m. PT)

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Presenters

Craig Buchman HeadshotCraig A. Buchman, M.D.

Lindburg Professor and Head, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Rene Gifford HeadshotRené H. Gifford, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

The world’s first International Consensus Paper on Adult Cochlear Implantation was published on August 27, 2020 in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. This new study focuses on treatment for adults living with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) which recommends minimum standards for diagnosis, referral, treatment and aftercare.

The publication is expected to help many more adults with severe to profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss access cochlear implant treatment, noting the industry estimate that only one in 20 people worldwide who could benefit from a cochlear implant has one.

HLAA played a leading role in this ground-breaking process, with Executive Director Barbara Kelley as co-chair of the Consumer and Professional Advocacy Committee (CAPAC). International cochlear implant user and professional advocacy organizations ensured the voice of consumers was heard throughout the Delphi process.

Dr. Craig Buchman, lead author of the paper, and Dr. René Gifford, one of 31 experts who authored the paper and participated in the Delphi Consensus Process, will talk about why these standards of care are needed at this time and what they mean to people with hearing loss.

Read more about the paper and the process before or after attending the webinar.

About our Speakers

Craig A. Buchman, M.D., is a world-renowned cochlear implant surgeon with broad research achievements in the field of hearing loss and rehabilitation. He recently chaired an international panel of 31 cochlear implant experts that conducted the first Delphi Consensus process to establish minimum standards of care for adults with severe to profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Dr. Buchman is the lead author of the International Consensus Paper on Cochlear Implant Treatment for Adult Hearing Loss published in JAMA Otolaryngology (August 27, 2020) which recommends minimum standards for diagnosis, referral, treatment and aftercare.
René H. Gifford, Ph.D., is the director of the Cochlear Implant Program at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in the Division of Audiology as well as the director of the Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory. Dr. Gifford’s National Institutes of Health-funded research investigates basic auditory function and spatial hearing abilities for individuals using combined electric and acoustic stimulation (EAS), hearing preservation with cochlear implantation and speech perception for adults and children with cochlear implants. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and authored a book now in its second edition titled Cochlear Implant Patient Assessment: Evaluation of Candidacy, Performance, and Outcomes. Dr. Gifford was one of 31 experts who authored the International Consensus Paper on Cochlear Implant Treatment for Adult Hearing Loss.

Note: Webinar will be captioned and recorded for playback on the HLAA website at hearingloss.org.