Older adults benefit greatly from cochlear implants. However, widespread misunderstanding exists regarding when older adults should be referred for a cochlear implant and there is a tendency by our healthcare system to overlook hearing as a major health concern. In this presentation, recommendations regarding when to refer older adults for a cochlear implant evaluation will be discussed, the documented benefits and safety of hearing restoration via cochlear implants will be reviewed, results of recent studies involving expansion of candidacy that include older adults will be discussed, and the details of an ongoing study sponsored by CMS to examine expansion of candidacy will be reviewed. This course is presented in partnership with the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, www.acialliance.org.
Course created on May 27, 2015
- As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, participants will be able to define current FDA approved indications for adults to receive a cochlear implant.
- As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, participants will be able to define typical roadblocks to referral of older adults for a cochlear implant candidacy evaluation.
- As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, participants will be able to list factors that contribute to successful use of a cochlear implant by older adults.
- As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, participants will be able to advise on possible cochlear implant candidacy and refer possible candidates for evaluation at a cochlear implant center, either under existing Medicare or for participation in the ongoing study being carried out by American Cochlear Implant Alliance.
- As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, participants will be able to summarize the outcomes of recent research that includes older adults that looks at expansion of cochlear implant candidacy.
|0-5 Minutes||Introduction: American Cochlear Implant Alliance and its role in expanding access to cochlear implantation|
|5-15 Minutes||History of Medicare Coverage of Cochlear Implantation and Objectives of the Ongoing Candidacy Expansion Study|
|15-25 Minutes||Results of recent candidacy expansion studies that have involved older adults|
|25-40 Minutes||Factors that contribute to successful use of a cochlear implant by older adults|
|40-50 Minutes||Guidelines for referring older adults for a cochlear implant evaluation|
|50-60 Minutes||Summary and Q&A|
Donna L. Sorkin, MA
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.
Terry Zwolan, PhD
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.
Terry Zwolan: Financial: Terry Zwolan is Director of Cochlear Implant Program at University of Michigan and a Sound Support Co-Principal Investigator. 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 about cochlear implants. Non-financial: Terry Zwolan is a member of the Audiology Advisory Boards for Cochlear Americas and Med El.
Sponsor Disclosure: Disclosure: This course is presented by AudiologyOnline in partnership with the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.
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