Global CI Collaborative: Futures Forum: Webinar Series

Covid-19 has changed health-care practice globally requiring rapid service re-configuration and novel pathways to deliver cochlear implantation for all ages. The Global CI Collaborative presents a five-part global leadership webinar series that explores the future of cochlear implantation following the global pandemic.

The webinars are presented by leading experts in the field of cochlear implantation from around the world and include the participation of patients. The webinars are captioned.

Intended audience – these webinars are open to all hearing health professionals, cochlear implant teams, cochlear implant users, advocacy groups and commissioners of health care.

Brought to you by the Global CI Collaborative.

 Katherine Bouton

 Rob Briggs

Teresa Ching

 Hannah Cooper

 Helen Cullington

Pu Dai

Howard Francis

 Kevin Franck

 Bruce Gantz

Rene Gifford

Valeria Goffi

Paul Govaerts

Rachel Haines

 Douglas Hartley

 Lise Henderson

Dan Jiang

 Michelle Kraskin

 Caroline Leal

 Daniel Lee

Thomas Lenarz

 Frank Lin

 Youri Maryn

Catherine McMahon

Kevin Munro

 Gerard O’Donoghue

 Stephen O’Leary

Gaetano Paludetti

Blake Papsin

 Colleen Psarros

 Ranjith Rajeswaren

Helge Rask-Andersen

Thomas Roland

 Jay Rubinstein

 De Wet Swanepoel

George Tavardkiladze

Michael Tong

 Neelam Vaid

 Frederic Venail

Deborah Vickers

Daniel & Bianka Wasserman

Bradley Welling

Libby Whitlock

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano


Watch the recordings from the CI Futures Forum series by clicking below.

Reconfiguring CI services: the ‘new normal’

Covid-19 has necessitated that many patient pathways to be reconfigured due to social distancing as well as personal protective considerations for patients and staff. In this seminar we will consider the patient experience, the public health implications of Covid-19 for hearing healthcare professionals, surgery and anaesthesia risks, and organisational changes needed within a service to facilitate recovery of clinical activity.

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Chair: Gerard O’Donoghue (Nottingham)

Presenters: Katherine Bouton (US), Frank Lin (US), Bruce Gantz (US), Thomas Roland (US), Douglas Hartley (UK), Thomas Lenarz (DE), Robert Briggs (AU)

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No touch CI pathways: will Covid-19 drive innovation?

The need to maintain social distancing during the pandemic has required clinical services to restrict ‘face to face’ contact episodes and thus remote care may become a necessity. We begin with the patient experience and then draw on the field of remote hearing-aid fitting prior to considering clinical experience with cochlear implants. Could intraoperative cochlear neurophysiology inform this approach? We will then consider how the domain of artificial intelligence could be transformative in enabling the wider adoption of remote care.

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Chair: Helen Cullington (Southampton)

Presenters: Patrizia DiGiovanni (AU), DeWet Swanepoel (SA), Frederic Venail (FR), Stephen O’Leary (AU), Michelle Kraskin (US), Colleen Psarros (AU), R Ranjith (IN), Paul Govaerts (BE)

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Assuring Early CI Intervention Post-Covid-19

Outcomes from paediatric cochlear implantation depend on the quality of early intervention and habilitation services to minimise the deleterious effects of auditory deprivation. We plan to start the webinar with the account of a parent’s experience accessing hearing healthcare for their child during Covid-19 and will then examine how the pandemic disrupted hearing screening programmes and imposed delays to the referral pathways for early intervention. We will consider the barriers clinicians encountered and what strategies worked to recover services.

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Chair: Catherine McMahon (Sydney)

Presenters: Hannah Cooper (UK), Carolina Leal (UK), Christine Yoshinaga-Itano (US), Blake Papsin (CA), Kevin Franck (US), Lise Henderson (UK)

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Global Responses of CI Services to Covid-19

The impact of Covid-19 on health-care systems varies considerably and no country, whether high- or low- income has been spared the challenges. Ultimately, all pandemics become local as it falls to local professionals to find solutions that work for the population they serve. Here, we learn from colleagues around the world who have grappled with these challenges and found ways to overcome them that will be of interest to the global cochlear implant community.

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Chair: Howard Francis (Durham)

Presenters: Daniel Lee (US), Pu Dai (CN), Neelam Vaid (IN), George Tavartkiladze (RU), Valeria Goffi (BR), Michael Tong (HK), Gaetano Paludetti (IT)

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CI Research at a Distance: a Post-Covid challenge

Translational research has driven progress in cochlear implantation. As well as disrupting clinical services, the manner in which research is prioritised, commissioned and executed will change very significantly post-Covid19. What is the appearance of this new research landscape and how should cochlear implant professionals adapt themselves for it? The webinar will consider what the key research priorities for CI now are and how research platforms may be mobilized to address them.

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Chair: Deborah Vickers (Cambridge)

Presenters: Bradley Welling (US), Kevin Munro (UK), Rachel Haines (UK), Teresa Ching (AU), Rene Gifford (US), Dan Jiang (UK), Youri Maryn (BE), Jay Rubinstein (US)

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