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CI 2017 Pediatric 15th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children

San Francisco Hilton
July 26–29, 2017


Registration for CI2017 Pediatric 15th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children is open. Visit the conference website:  

Members receive a discount registration rate.  Individual Professional members click HERE to view your registration code.  Organizational members please contact Susan Thomas ( for your unique registration code.

Student registration rates are available for full time student/residents/fellows.   A valid student ID/verification letter is required.

Hotel and Travel

All events will take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel located in the heart of downtown San Francisco.Special group rates for this meeting are $269 (single or double) per night plus taxes and fees. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HILTONS and referencing the group code “COC” or online through the CI2017 Housing Link.

ACI Alliance has arranged discounts for air and ground travel options. Visit the conference website for further details.


The Scholarship Committee of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance has selected twenty outstanding individuals to receive scholarships to attend the 15th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children, CI2017 Pediatrics in San Francisco July 27-29, 2017.  We are proud to announce the CI2017 Scholarship Awardees.


The Cochlear Implant Specialist Certification (CISC) exam will be offered in conjunction with CI2017 on July 26, 2017, 5-7pm. Applications are due May 26, 2017.  Click HERE to Apply.

Continuing Education Credits

We will be offering Continuing Education Credits at the upcoming CI2017 Pediatric Symposium for ASHA, AAA and AG Bell. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits (USA) will be available.
American Board of Audiology (ABA) Tier 1 Specialty credits will be offered for several sessions during CI2017. In order to receive Tier 1 credits, attendees must attend two sessions of the Wednesday afternoon Corporate Satellite Symposia. Click HERE to register for Corporate Symposia.

For more information on CEU/CME credits click HERE.

Exhibitor Opportunities

CI2017 offers an excellent opportunity to interact with over 1,200 physicians, audiologists, speech pathologists, educators and hearing scientists. We encourage you to showcase your technology and services. For more information click HERE.

Meet our Exhibitors

Click HERE for a current listing of our exhibitors.  To learn more about being an exhibitor visit

Educational Course Directors 

Nikolas Blevins MD, Stanford University School of Medicine Charles Limb MD, University of California San Francisco


Click HERE to review the CI2017 Conference Program Book.

Know Before You Go

Click HERE to review some helpful information prior to arriving onsite.

Audio Visual Guidelines

To view AV Guidelines for podium presentations click HERE to download. Visit the presenter resource section of the CI2017 website for further details. 

Featured Speakers

For details on keynote presentations, click HERE.

The Organizing Committee has developed a dynamic program with a focus on six themes that have the potential to improve pediatric cochlear implantation.

• Music: Improving Perception and Appreciation: Despite the remarkable advances in outcomes in pediatric cochlear implantation, restoration of music appreciation remains elusive. We will explore the metrics by which music appreciation can be measured, the role of the peripheral and central auditory system on this process, and implications of access to music on children with hearing loss. With this understanding, we will explore opportunities to improve access to music in our pediatric CI population.

• Technology: Improving CI Results in an Increasingly Interconnected World: Cochlear implantation remains a model for success in biotechnology, providing prosthetic restoration of a special sense. Further improvements in cochlear implantation will occur when we are able to better integrate other breakthroughs in related biotechnology, including improved device design, integrated cellular- or pharmaco-therapy, use of advanced techniques for data collection/ mining, and improved integration with other communication technology. Speakers and panelists from related disciplines will explore pathways to leverage resources and opportunities available in biotechnology fields to the benefit of our pediatric cochlear implant patients. 

• Cognition: Improving Our Understanding of Language Development and Central Plasticity: The successful development of language remains a central measure of pediatric cochlear implantation. We will bring experts together with diverse expertise in the development of language and how it relates to hearing – from peripheral signal perception to CNS plasticity. The role of early and targeted intervention will be explored, and where habilitation efforts are likely to be most productive to improve outcomes.

• Outcomes: Improving the Use of Metrics for Success: Objective assessment of current outcomes is critical to formulating a path to improved future results. We will consider objective measures and determinants of how children perform with their implants—including device/signal processing technology, candidacy issues, surgical techniques, and post-implantation rehabilitation. Taking a multidisciplinary and multifactorial approach to these complex issues will allow the isolation of key factors that may most improve outcomes.

• Indications: Improving Hearing in Expanded Populations: The continued improvement in pediatric cochlear implant outcomes has allowed its use in expanded populations of children. Issues such as the indications for implantation in the presence of single-sided deafness, residual functional hearing, and congenital malformations will be examined. Similarly, indications for cochlear implantation in children with concurrent challenges (e.g., cognitive, medical/surgical, socioeconomic) will be assessed in an effort to offer objective guidelines in candidate selection and direct future study.

Delivery: Improving Efficacy, Availability, and Efficiency in CI Care: Outcomes of pediatric cochlear implantation are vitally dependent on access to implantation services from experienced providers. Many children and families affected by hearing loss are at risk for suboptimal results due to economic or geographic constraints. Similarly, many CI centers are under increasing economic pressures in their attempts to provide the highest quality implant care. The clinical and procedural complexity of CI care can make learning the process a challenge for new clinicians. We will examine innovative methods to optimize access to care, in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Current trends and experience in teletherapy and remote mapping will be explored as an opportunity to expand CI benefits to a greater population. Special sessions are planned for new CI clinicians to learn approaches and insights from experienced leaders.

Industry Satellite Symposia

The three cochlear implant companies will host Satellite Symposia on Wednesday, July 26th just prior to the official conference opening on July 27. Courses run from noon until 5:30pm and include lunch, snacks and beverages. In addition, each company will host a breakfast Symposium.  To register for these events click HERE.


Plan to attend, participate in the learning activities, and share your work. And don’t forget, in planning your trip, to leave time to enjoy all that San Francisco offers

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