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CI2018 DC Emerging Issues in Cochlear Implantation
March 7-10, 2018 / Washington DC

We invite you to visit the CI2018DC website ( for more information regarding the Emerging Issues, abstract submission, registration, venue, travel, and more. 

Registration is open.  Click here to register.  Early bird rates until January 8, 2018.

If you are an individual professional member and you need your code to register, click HERE. Organizational members email Susan Thomas,, for your code. 

Click HERE for further conference details.

Note regarding Unauthorized Registration and Housing Services:
It has come to our attention there are companies operating on the internet claiming to offer registration and housing services for ACI Alliance CI2018 DC and CI2019 Miami Meetings. These companies are not affiliated with the American Cochlear Implant Alliance and do not offer any services on our behalf. You may receive e-mails or phone calls from these companies urging you to book hotel rooms or register for the meeting(s). Registration and housing should only be accessed from the ACI Alliance website or CI2018 DC website. Housing reservations should be made directly with the Omni Shoreham.

Student/Resident Poster Competition

ACI Alliance encourages student/resident attendees of the upcoming CI2018 DC Symposium to submit a poster. If you have worked on a research project or have an interesting clinical case, please submit your research and plan to present a poster as part of your participation in the upcoming conference.  
Visit for further details and entry information.

ACI Alliance on the Hill

Join us March 7th as ACI Alliance meets with Congressional Members and staff to familiarize them with the extraordinary benefits of cochlear implants as well as access concerns. Training will be provided in two ways: (1) Via telephone training 2 weeks prior to the event and (2) at a lunch time training on March 7 at 11AM. Due to the logistics of organizing an event like this, member participation is limited to 100 people. To submit an application to participate in ACI Alliance on the Hill click HERE.

The Listening Project

A new documentary by Irene Taylor Brodsky and Jane R. Madell, will premiere on Friday, March 9 at the CI2018 DC Emerging Issues Symposium in Washington, DC.  A champagne reception and panel discussion with the filmmakers and four of the young adults featured will follow conference sessions on Friday afternoon. This special event is free for conference attendees. Click HERE to learn more.

CI2018 DC Emerging Issues:

Parental Engagement in Pediatric CI Outcomes
Parents and the home routines they create play central roles in a child’s development. Research in pediatric CI outcomes has identified specific ways in which significant caregivers can promote acquisition and growth in spoken language and literacy skills in children with hearing loss. This research also highlights the effectiveness of providing parents and caregivers with specific knowledge and strategies that can be woven into family life to support their child’s communication and literacy development.

Quality of Life Associated with Cochlear Implantation
Measures of health-related quality of life (QOL) provide unique information about the impact of a disability and its treatment. The NIH, FDA and CMS have all added QOL as outcome measures for healthcare interventions. Conventional measures of CI outcomes such as auditory and communicative competence (i.e., word and sentence recognition) are essential but do not adequately capture the broad impact of deafness on a patient’s physical, behavioral, social and emotional functioning. A poor correlation between self-report and such typically measured outcomes represents a significant gap in how we assess CIs in adults, which impairs clinicians’ ability to comprehensively quantify CI benefits, preoperatively counsel patients on CI expectations, and provide intervention in areas not related to communication. The session will examine the use of QOL instruments to allow direct input from the CI population and families regarding CI benefits on an individual’s daily functioning, beyond speech understanding.

Cochlear Implant Practice Management: Maximizing Value for Optimal Delivery of Care
As indications for cochlear implantation continue to expand, constraints in serving patients at already busy cochlear implant centers will worsen. Some centers have instituted innovative practices to optimize efficiency in delivering clinical services. This session will examine techniques and technologies already in place as well as possible future innovations that could improve efficiency and value for CI centers and patients. Such innovations include telehealth in the evaluation, pre-operative, and post-operative elements of CI; in-center programming efficiencies; outsourced audiology services; and industry utilization. Patients may benefit from satellite centers in smaller cities or rural areas that are now poorly served. Existing and needed research to guide adoption and use of such innovative practices will be reviewed.

CI Candidacy in 2018
When cochlear implants were first introduced, candidacy determination was a straightforward process: patients were expected to have bilateral profound deafness and demonstrate no benefit from hearing aids, which often meant 0% speech recognition. As technology has improved, CI candidacy has expanded to include patients with greater amounts of residual hearing and greater speech recognition skills. This session will review recent changes in CI Candidacy, including the use of contemporary measures to evaluate traditional candidates, medical/surgical considerations when determining CI Candidacy, the role that age and cognition play in candidacy considerations, and expansion of candidacy to include patients with SSD and asymmetric hearing losses.

Enhanced Offerings for Educators and Speech Language Pathologists. 

Based on feedback from previous conference years, we will provide enhanced offerings for Speech Language Pathologists and Educators. Please click HERE for further details. 

CI2018 DC Schedule

Click HERE to review the current version of the CI2018 Emerging Issues Scientific Program.

Dr. John Niparko Memorial Lecture

We are delighted to announce that this year’s John Niparko Lecture will be given by William G. Kronenberger PhD. The topic of his lecture is “Executive Functioning and Language Development in Children with Cochlear Implants.” Reduced access to early auditory and spoken language experiences can influence the development of executive functioning (EF; active self-regulatory processes to manage and direct thinking and behavior) in deaf children with cochlear implants (CIs). Because EF is used extensively by children with CIs during speech-language processing, EF variability is linked to speech-language outcomes. Interventions to improve EF offer the potential to enhance neurocognitive and speech-language outcomes following cochlear implantation.

Dr. Kronenberger is Professor and Director of the Section of Psychology and Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine. He serves as Chief of the Pediatric Psychology Testing Clinic and Co-Chief of the ADHD Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children. Dr. Kronenberger has been an investigator on multiple projects addressing neurocognitive, psychosocial, and spoken language development in children with hearing loss and cochlear implants or hearing aids. He is the author of several tests on these topics.


Pre-Conference Programs

Attendees may attend industry programs on Wednesday afternoon.  To register for pre-conference events or company breakfast symposia visit

As in prior years, we will take advantage of being in Washington, DC to visit with our Congressional representatives for ACI Alliance on the Hill on Wednesday beginning with a briefing luncheon at 11AM. This is a unique opportunity for us to address access to cochlear implantation with our elected officials. Governmental affairs in our Capitol may not seem to be your expertise but in fact, it is your knowledge of cochlear implants and the impact that they have on children and adults that makes us effective advocates. When we last did this in 2015, 90 ACI Alliance advocates arrived early at the CI conference to participate in Capitol Hill visits. This was a rewarding and valuable element of the conference experience.

Up to 130 people may participate in the Hill advocacy. We will make the appointments, provide materials, develop messaging, help participants prepare before and on-site, and provide bus transportation. Click HERE to be part of ACI Alliance on the Hill.

Headquarters Hotel

All events, with the exception of ACI Alliance on the Hill, will take place at the Omni Shoreham Washington DC.  

Located at 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC, in the midst of the nation’s capital, this upscale 1930s-era hotel is situated on 11 acres of manicured lawns and gardens and is only a 4-minute walk from the metro. The vast grounds house a seasonal outdoor pool with a lounge area, two restaurants, a 24-hour fitness center and a full-service spa. Complimentary internet is also available for guests booking under the CI2018 room block.

Special group rates for this meeting are $239 (single or double) per night plus taxes and fees. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-843-6664 and referencing the group code “12400615028” or online through the CI2018 Housing Link.


If you are bringing your family along to take advantage of the wonderful sights in Washington DC, childcare can be arranged while you attend the conference. Childcare arrangements may be facilitated through the hotel concierge with two licensed local agencies that specialize in hotel childcare. Pricing is dependent upon age and number of children.

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