The CI futures forum invites all hearing health professionals to join global leaders in discussions around Adult Cochlear Implant treatment.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), disabling hearing loss prevalence is on the rise with ageing populations. Yet in many countries, most adults do not have their hearing assessed as part of regular health check-ups.

Of those who receive hearing checks and are diagnosed with severe to profound hearing loss, few are referred to a hearing specialist to examine whether cochlear implants could be the most beneficial treatment option.

Though cochlear implants are an effective medical treatment for many adults living with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss conservative estimates suggest that no more than 1 in 20 adults worldwide who could benefit from a cochlear implant have one.

The world’s first international consensus on cochlear implant treatment for adults living with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss was published in JAMA Otolaryngology. The paper was authored by 31 hearing experts on cochlear implant treatment. The work of the authors was assisted by a Consumer and Professional Advocacy Committee (CAPAC) of international cochlear implant user and professional advocacy organisations to ensure the voice of the user was heard throughout the process.

The publication is a major step forward in clarifying when cochlear implants are a treatment option for adults. This publication is a timely call to government policymakers, insurance and funding bodies as well as health professionals to better understand the importance of providing accurate information and access to cochlear implant treatment for those who could benefit.

This second series of webinars provides an opportunity hear from a diverse multi-disciplinary panel of experts from around the world, discussing the findings and recommendations from the consensus categories and real-world barriers and facilitators to access and equity to cochlear implants for adults.

Starting from the 29th of January 2021, the virtual seminar series will explore:

  1. Level of awareness of cochlear implants
  2. Best practice clinical pathway for diagnosis
  3. Best practice guidelines for surgery
  4. World Report on Hearing
  5. Clinical effectiveness of cochlear implants
  6. Factors associated with post-implantation outcomes
  7. The relationship between hearing loss and depression, cognition and dementia
  8. Cost implications of cochlear implants

Nothing about me, without me: Each virtual seminar will also include a short presentation from a patient, to better understand the impact of COVID-19 from their perspective.

Webinars

Find out more and register for the webinars below.

CI Futures Forum: Consensus Towards Standard of Care

In every country access to cochlear implantation (CI) for adults with severe or profound hearing loss is low. Globally, it is estimated that only one in twenty who could benefit from cochlear implants have one. Most other health treatments have internationally accepted standards of care that inform patients and health care practitioners about when specialist referrals and treatment options should be considered.

This webinar will present the findings and recommendations from the International Consensus Paper on Adult Cochlear Implantation, the format will feature presentations from authors of the paper as well as a panel discussion around the significance of the publication and the call to action to move towards a standard of care for adult cochlear implantation.

Chair: Gerard O'Donoghue (Nottingham)

Presenters: Professor Wu Hao (CN), Professor Seung Ha Oh (KR), Professor Pu Dai (CN), Associate Professor Jenny Loo (SG), Dr Kuang Chao (Joshua) Chen (TW), Dr Kalyani Mandke (IN)

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CI Futures Forum: Awareness of Cochlear Implantation

Lack of referral pathways to CI leads to a substantial unnecessary burden to the individual with hearing loss, with a poorer quality of life. We know that a lack of referral and awareness of the benefits of cochlear implantation are the major reasons for under-identification of the many who could benefit.

This webinar will explore the various barriers and facilitators to overcoming awareness of CI from a diverse multi disciplinary panel of experts. The panel will present real world examples from their own perspective and experience as well as discussing potential solutions to increasing equity and access for adults.

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CI Futures Forum: Best Practice Clinical Pathway for Diagnosis

Screening for hearing loss in adults is important for the identification of potential candidates for cochlear implantation. Clearer and appropriate criteria for diagnosis of those who may be a candidate for cochlear implants will help create a clear pathway to implantation and improve understanding of the benefits and appropriateness of CIs by health professionals and the general public.

This webinar will feature presentations from a diverse multi disciplinary panel of experts. The panel will present real world examples from their own perspective and experience as well as discussing the recommendations from the Consensus paper.

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CI Futures Forum: World Report on Hearing

This webinar will feature presentations from a diverse multi disciplinary panel of experts. The panel will discuss the recommendations from the WHO World Report on Hearing Published March 3rd 2021.

This report will have collected information from all its member countries on good and poor practices related to hearing loss at the international and national levels.

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CI Futures Forum: Clinical Effectiveness of CIs

CIs are effective in improving quality of life due to improved hearing, and the wider impacts of better communication and connection with the world.

This webinar will feature presentations from a diverse multi disciplinary panel of experts. The panel will present real world examples from their own perspective and experience as well as discussing the recommendations from the Consensus paper.

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CI Futures Forum: Factors Associated with Post-Implantation Outcomes

It is important that for those who are identified as being able to benefit from CIs are provided with an implant as soon as possible to ensure the best possible outcomes. Using hearing aids with CIs also delivers positive outcomes for communication and quality of life.

This webinar will feature presentations from a diverse multi disciplinary panel of experts. The panel will present real world examples from their own perspective and experience as well as discussing the recommendations from the Consensus paper.

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CI Futures Forum: The Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Depression, Cognition and Dementia

Addressing hearing loss is associated with improvements in overall wellbeing including mental health by enabling people to communicate more easily with others. This reduces the social isolation and mental health problems associated with hearing loss. Addressing untreated hearing loss improves cognition and may help reduce the risk of dementia.

This webinar will feature presentations from a diverse multi disciplinary panel of experts. The panel will present real world examples from their own perspective and experience as well as discussing the recommendations from the Consensus paper.

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CI Futures Forum: Cost Implications of CIs

Ensuring that people with hearing loss who could benefit from a CI receive one is not only beneficial for the individual’s wellbeing but improves their chances of employment. This reduces the cost of social care and welfare budgets. It is a cost effective intervention for health systems and has the potential to save money on other health related costs.

This webinar will feature presentations from a diverse multi disciplinary panel of experts. The panel will present real world examples from their own perspective and experience as well as discussing the recommendations from the Consensus paper.

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