This course provides clinical tools to the cochlear implant (CI) audiologist and goes beyond the basics. A review of past and present cochlear implant candidacy criteria for pediatrics and adults and ways to identify potential cochlear implant patients is discussed. Various ways to measure the quality of life in the cochlear implant population is covered. In addition, data are presented regarding the quality of life outcomes in adult cochlear implant recipients.
Course created on May 28, 2019
- After this course, participants will be able to list the negative effects of delaying a cochlear implant referral for patients.
- After this course, participants will be able to define FDA criteria for pediatric and adult cochlear implantation and compare with current practice.
- After this course, participants will be able to discuss how quality of life can be measured in cochlear implant recipients and interpret quality of life outcomes.
- After this course, participants will be able to state three parts of the medical evaluation as part of pediatric cochlear implant candidacy.
- After this course, participants will be able to list guidelines for adult CI candidacy testing.
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Camille Dunn, PhD, joined the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa in 2003 where she is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program. She received her Masters of Science Degree in Audiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998 and her Doctor of Philosophy Degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2003. Dr. Dunn holds her Audiology license from the State of Iowa. She maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA). She is a Principal Investigator on a NIH-funded grant studying Hybrid cochlear implants and an Investigator on a Department of Defense Grant studying Hybrid cochlear Implants in veterans.
Meredith Holcomb, AuD, CCC-A joined the University of Miami Department of Otolaryngology as Assistant Professor and the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program in June 2019. She spent the first 13 years of her career at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Holcomb is Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance and is a faculty member for the Institute for Cochlear Implant Training Advanced Audiology Course. She serves on the Audiology Advisory Council for Advanced Bionics and Med-El, and she is a consultant for Advanced Bionics, Cochlear Americas Corporation, ASHA, and Audiology Online. She was the South Carolina representative for the ASHA Audiology Advisory Council, the immediate Past President for the South Carolina Academy of Audiology, and a Past President of the South Carolina AG Bell Chapter. Dr. Holcomb demonstrates a strong commitment to education, mentorship, and clinical research. She has published book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles and has given numerous invited presentations at national and international conferences on the subject of cochlear implantation and clinical efficiency.
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 currently serves on the Advisory Board of Gallaudet University. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Ted R. McRackan, M.D., is the director of the Skull Base Center in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. McRackan was born in Virginia and moved to Charleston to attend the College of Charleston. He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Afterward, he moved to Los Angeles for a fellowship in otology-neurotology and skull base surgery at the House Ear Clinic.
Dr. McRackan's clinical practice is focused on comprehensive management of ear, hearing, balance, and skull base disorders in adults and children. Specific areas of interest include but are not limited to: cochlear implantation; chronic ear surgery (cholesteatoma, chronic otitis media); acoustic neuroma and other skull base lesions; otosclerosis; facial nerve disorders and tumors; endoscopic ear surgery; implantable hearing aids; and, vertigo.
Dr. McRackan has published a comprehensive neurotology textbook and has written over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His research interests focus on the development and application of novel measures to evaluate outcomes in individuals with hearing loss and cochlear implants in order to improve patient results. Dr. McRackan is a member and serves on multiple committees of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Sandra Prentiss, Ph.D., CCC-A, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Ear Institute. She an experienced clinician and researcher with a specific focus in cochlear implantation (CI) and currently serves as the lead cochlear implant researcher at the University of Miami. Her research interests include cochlear implantation in the aging population, testing metrics for candidacy, integrating acoustic and electric inputs and electrophysiology. She has published and presented at multiple national and international conferences regarding these topics.
Denise Thomas, Au.D., CCC-A is a Senior Pediatric Audiologist and the Clinical Coordinator for the Cochlear Implant Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Denise has been with Lurie Children's for thirteen years and provides audiology services to cochlear implant candidates and recipients.
MS CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Lindsay Zombek, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd is Team Lead and a Clinical Specialist in Speech Language Pathology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (Cleveland, OH). She provides aural rehabilitation for children and adults. She presents nationally on a variety of topics pertaining to adult aural rehabilitation and pediatric habilitation.
Meredith Holcomb: Financial: Meredith Holcomb is a consultant for Advanced Bionics Corporation and the Institute for Cochlear Implant Training. She serves on the Audiology Advisory Board for the American Speech Language Hearing Association. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Meredith Holcomb is the Vice Chair of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance Board of Directors and the President of the South Carolina Academy of Audiology.
Donna Sorkin: Financial: Donna Sorkin is employed by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. 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.
Ted McRackan: Financial: Ted McRackan is employed by the Medical University of South Carolina. He received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Ted McRackan has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Sandra Prentiss: Financial: Sandra Prentiss is a grant recipient of Med-El Corporation and Consultant for Sirroco Therapeutics. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-Financial: Sandra Prentiss has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Denise Thomas: Financial: Denise Thomas is employed by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She received an honorarium for this course. Non Financial: Denise Thomas is a state champion for ACIA.
Lindsay Zombek: Financial: Lindsay Zombek is emplooyed by University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She received an honorarium for this course. Non Financial: Lindsay Zombek is a board member of a state chapter of AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and is a Committee Member of the Ohio Department of Health Subcommittee on Universal Newborn Infant Hearing Screening.
Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented by AudiologyOnline in partnership with the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.
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