A recent survey by ACI Alliance found that adult candidates’ perceptions of cochlear implantation also contribute to long wait periods by some people as well as reluctance by certain candidates to ever move forward. This series is designed to address the most commonly cited reasons that adults wait to move forward once they learn that they are CI candidates.
Course created on April 1, 2020
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the association between hearing loss and cognitive decline and how cochlear implantation might mitigate the effects. (Part 1)
- After this course, participants will be able to list the various types of health insurance that may be options for patients when they are being considered for a cochlear implant. (Part 2)
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the steps involved in cochlear implant surgery and list 3 common contraindications to surgery. (Part 3)
- After this course, participants will be able to explain how to implement a rehabilitation process that is effective outside of the clinic in the patients' daily lives. (Part 4)
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Jan Larky has worked with pediatric and adult cochlear implant candidates and recipients since 1992 beginning with the single channel 3M/House device at the House Ear Institute. Jan has provided clinical care and co-directed the cochlear implant programs at UCSF for 12 years and Stanford Department of Otolaryngology for the past 15 years, providing services to both children and adults. She has expertise in programming all FDA approved cochlear implants systems that are available in the US. Jan currently serves on the Board of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. Jan received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and her AuD, from AT Still University.
Terry Zwolan, PhD is Professor and Director of the Cochlear Implant Program, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, at the University of Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University. She is an adjunct professor in the Wayne State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a founding member and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. She has published numerous articles and chapters related to cochlear implants.
Donna L. Sorkin
Donna Sorkin is Executive Director of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, a national organization devoted to expanding access to cochlear implantation for all who may benefit. She has had a long career in advocacy for people with hearing loss at for-profit and non-profit entities. She was previously executive director of two US organizations: Hearing Loss Association of America (an organization for adults) and Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (with a focus on children). Ms. Sorkin served for 11 years as Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas where she led public policy initiatives and other activities aimed at the broad life needs of cochlear implant users including insurance coverage and reimbursement, habilitation for children and adults, and educational needs of children with cochlear implants. She has served on federal, corporate and university boards including the U.S. Access Board (as a Presidential appointee) and the National Institute on Deafness (National Institutes of Health) Advisory Board. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Dr. Mowry is a board-certified neurotologist who directs the pediatric and adult cochlear implant program at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She is also the cochlear implant surgeon at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center. She completed her medical degree at Tulane University and then went on to UCLA to complete her general otolaryngology training. She then moved to the University of Iowa to complete the prestigious neurotology fellowship there. In addition to her cochlear implant practice, she cares for disorders of the lateral skull base and temporal bone. Outside of her clinical practice, she is the residency program director for the University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University otolaryngology residency program.
Dr. Naama Tsach is an SLP and educational audiologist, (PhD). She has worked in Israel for 18 years with deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in various educational settings, as well as in the Cochlear Implant program at Bnai- Zion hospital in Haifa, Israel. In addition, Dr. Tsach has been working with adult CI users since 2001 and authors a blog on adult rehabilitation following cochlear implantation for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.
Terry Zwolan: Financial: Terry Zwolan is Director of Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Michigan. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Terry Zwolan has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Donna Sorkin: Financial: Donna Sorkin is employed by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-Financial: Donna Sorkin wears a cochlear implant. She has served on federal, corporate and university boards including the U.S. Access Board, the National Institute on Deafness, NIH and Gallaudet University.
Sarah Mowry: Financial: Sarah Mowry is employed by University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Sarah Mowry has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Naama Tsach: Financial: Naama Tsach is employed by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Naama Tsach has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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