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 July 28, 2016


New Web Resource
Cochlear Implant Coverage Under Health Insurance

WHAT: ACI Alliance published a new online resource on insurance coverage for cochlear implants (CI) including employer plans, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security disability eligibility (for those under age 65) and other resources that may be applicable. Available free and online on the ACI Alliance website:

WHO: The new Insurance Resource is intended to assist clinicians, educators and early interventionists working with children or adults with hearing loss as well as consumers and families who wish to pursue cochlear implants. Primary care physicians will also benefit from the information and being able to advise patients on insurance for the CI intervention.

WHY: Considerable confusion remains regarding cochlear implants and coverage under health insurance. The majority of health plans cover cochlear implants for appropriate individuals of all ages from young children up to older adults. This resource discusses traditional insurance as well as some “non-traditional” funding sources that may be less familiar such as Social Security Disability and social service organizations. Certain aspects of the CI intervention such as rehabilitation or equipment upgrades can sometimes be difficult. These topics are also addressed with suggestions on how to overcome coverage challenges.

American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to improving access to cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness. Its members are otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech pathologists, educators and others on cochlear implant teams as well as parent and consumer advocates. The mission of ACI Alliance is to expand access to cochlear implants through research, advocacy and awareness.

For more information, go to, @acialliance
Contact: Donna Sorkin,, 703.534.6146 (office)


May 17, 2016


American Cochlear Implant Alliance Announces New Board Members

WHAT:     The American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACI Alliance), a not-for-profit membership organization created with the purpose of eliminating barriers to cochlear implantation, announced the election of a new Board Chair and two new Board Members. The vote by the membership occurred at the organization’s annual conference, which this year was the 14th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Technologies May 11-14, 2016 in Toronto.  

WHO:       Elected to the Board of Directors was Colin Driscoll, MD as Chair of the Board and new Board Members Daniel Choo, MD and Meredith Holcomb AuD. 

Colin Driscoll MD graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in Otolaryngology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and a Fellowship in Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the Chair of Otorhinolaryngology and the Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic cochlear implant team in Rochester, Minnesota.  Dr. Driscoll’s interests include acoustic neuromas and other tumors of the ear, temporal bone and facial nerve, cochlear implants and other implantable hearing devices, the management of cholesteatoma, and chronic ear disease. 

Daniel Choo, MD, obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, NY and completed his Otolaryngology residency training at the Health Science Center at Syracuse. He completed fellowships in Otology/Neurotology at the Ear Research Foundation in Sarasota (FL) and the Neurotology Branch of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Choo is Director of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. 

Meredith Holcomb AuD, CCC-A is the Clinical Director of the Medical University of South Carolina Cochlear Implant Program. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication Studies. She received a Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Holcomb is active in clinical research on pediatric audiology and cochlear implants.

For more information on ACI Alliance’s board, please visit

MISSION:       The mission of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness. 

For more information or to schedule an interview please visit our website or contact Donna Sorkin




Media Alert

Emerging Issues in Cochlear Implants
Washington DC /October 15-­‐17, 2015

The American Cochlear Implant Alliance will host the second Emerging Issues Symposium in October 2015. This year’s 2 1⁄2 day symposium will highlight six topics that may impact on cochlear implant indications and outcomes.The CI2015 conference will also explore the link between hearing restoration and neuroscience during a freewheeling discussion on Saturday morning (October 17) by eminent hearing scientists David Pisoni, Blake Wilson and Fan-­‐ Gang Zeng led by technology pioneer Vinton Cerf.  Click HERE for the complete Media Alert.

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