Scientific Program

Scientific Program

Scientific Program

CI2018 DC Scientific Program Schedule:

Click here to download the CI2018 Emerging Issues Program Book! The book includes the complete Scientific Program, Posters, and other conference details.

Program Format:

The CI2018 Emerging Issues Symposium is a forum for hearing health clinicians, scientists, students and governmental officials to come together to share research and best clinical practices relating to cochlear implants and other implantable auditory devices. The Symposium will feature 2 ½ days of clinical research presentations. This popular format combines invited speakers and panels on key emerging issues as well as submitted podium and poster presentations.

The emerging issues format allows an in-depth look at topics needing greater exploration to advance the field. With CI candidacy expansion, there is a need to address ways to appropriately serve new recipients as well as previously implanted individuals who require care throughout their lifetime. In the pediatric realm, children who are deaf are being identified at birth and there is a need for parents to support their CI child’s language development at an earlier age.

Four clinical research topics were identified that are particularly important to cochlear implant outcomes and access today. These four themes, as well as submitted podium and poster talks, will provide clinical research insights for attendees that are applicable in today’s care setting. Invited Emerging Issues speakers were selected from wide-spread clinical settings and diverse geographic areas.

The CI2018 DC Program also includes the following featured events:

ACI Alliance on the Hill - Join us March 7th as ACI Alliance meets with Congressional Members and staff to familiarize them with the extraordinary benefits of cochlear implants as well as access concerns. Training will be provided in two ways: (1) Via telephone training 2 weeks prior to the event and (2) at a lunch time training on March 7 at 11AM. Due to the logistics of organizing an event like this, member participation is limited to 100 people. To submit an application to participate in ACI Alliance on the Hill click HERE.

John Niparko Memorial Lecture - We are delighted to announce that the CI2018 Emerging Issues John Niparko Memorial Lecture will be given by William G. Kronenberger PhD. Dr. Kronenberger's lecture is entitled “Executive Functioning and Language Development in Children with Cochlear Implants." The Niparko Lecture is scheduled for Thursday morning, March 8.

Lecture Description: Executive Functioning and Language Development in Children with Cochlear Implants: Reduced access to early auditory and spoken language experiences can influence the development of executive functioning (EF; active self-regulatory processes to manage and direct thinking and behavior) in deaf children with cochlear implants (CIs).  Because EF is used extensively by children with CIs during speech-language processing, EF variability is linked to speech-language outcomes.  Interventions to improve EF offer the potential to enhance neurocognitive and speech-language outcomes following cochlear implantation.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Kronenerger joins us from Indiana University School of Medicine, where he serves as Professor and Director of the Section of Psychology and Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He is also the Chief of the Pediatric Psychology Testing Clinic and Co-Chief of the ADHD Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children. Dr. Kronenberger has been an investigator on multiple projects addressing neurocognitive, psychosocial, and spoken language development in children with hearing loss and cochlear implants or hearing aids.

The Listening Project Film Premiere - A new documentary by Irene Taylor Brodsky and Jane R. Madell, will premiere on Friday, March 9 at the CI2018 DC Emerging Issues Symposium in Washington, DC.  A champagne reception and panel discussion with one of the filmmakers and five of the young adults featured will follow conference sessions on Friday afternoon. This special event is free for conference attendees. Click HERE to learn more.

Enhanced Offerings for Educators and Speech Language Pathologists - Based on feedback from previous conference years, we will provide enhanced offerings for Speech Language Pathologists and Educators. Please click HERE for further details. 

Click here to download the CI2018 DC Conference Booklet, which outlines the many features of the CI2018 DC meeting.

CI2018 DC Emerging Issues:

Parental Engagement in Pediatric CI Outcomes
Parents and the home routines they create play central roles in a child’s development. Research in pediatric CI outcomes has identified specific ways in which significant caregivers can promote acquisition and growth in spoken language and literacy skills in children with hearing loss. This research also highlights the effectiveness of providing parents and caregivers with specific knowledge and strategies that can be woven into family life to support their child’s communication and literacy development.

Quality of Life Associated with Cochlear Implantation
Measures of health-related quality of life (QOL) provide unique information about the impact of a disability and its treatment. The NIH, FDA and CMS have all added QOL as outcome measures for healthcare interventions. Conventional measures of CI outcomes such as auditory and communicative competence (i.e., word and sentence recognition) are essential but do not adequately capture the broad impact of deafness on a patient’s physical, behavioral, social and emotional functioning. A poor correlation between self-report and such typically measured outcomes represents a significant gap in how we assess CIs in adults, which impairs clinicians’ ability to comprehensively quantify CI benefits, preoperatively counsel patients on CI expectations, and provide intervention in areas not related to communication. The session will examine the use of QOL instruments to allow direct input from the CI population and families regarding CI benefits on an individual’s daily functioning, beyond speech understanding.

Cochlear Implant Practice Management: Maximizing Value for Optimal Delivery of Care
As indications for cochlear implantation continue to expand, constraints in serving patients at already busy cochlear implant centers will worsen. Some centers have instituted innovative practices to optimize efficiency in delivering clinical services. This session will examine techniques and technologies already in place as well as possible future innovations that could improve efficiency and value for CI centers and patients. Such innovations include telehealth in the evaluation, pre-operative, and post-operative elements of CI; in-center programming efficiencies; outsourced audiology services; and industry utilization. Patients may benefit from satellite centers in smaller cities or rural areas that are now poorly served. Existing and needed research to guide adoption and use of such innovative practices will be reviewed.

CI Candidacy in 2018
When cochlear implants were first introduced, candidacy determination was a straightforward process: patients were expected to have bilateral profound deafness and demonstrate no benefit from hearing aids, which often meant 0% speech recognition. As technology has improved, CI candidacy has expanded to include patients with greater amounts of residual hearing and greater speech recognition skills. This session will review recent changes in CI Candidacy, including the use of contemporary measures to evaluate traditional candidates, medical/surgical considerations when determining CI Candidacy, the role that age and cognition play in candidacy considerations, and expansion of candidacy to include patients with SSD and asymmetric hearing losses.


Abstract Submission


Click the links below to review the Abstract Guidelines and CE Policies:

Abstract Guidelines 
Continuing Education Policies 


Abstract Review and Notification:

The CI2018 Review Committee has the responsibility to review and rank all abstracts that are submitted. Email notifications will be sent to the corresponding author no later than January 12, 2018. All presenters of papers and posters are required to register for CI2018 and are responsible for their own travel expenses.


Student Poster Competition:

A Student Poster Competition will be held during CI2018 DC for those enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or resident program. Posters will be evaluated on content/poster organization and preparation, display appearance, originality and merit, and oral discussion/knowledge and presentation.

A winner and two honorable mentions will be selected and announced on Friday morning, March 9, 2018. Winner will receive a $100 cash prize. Winner and honorable mention recipients will be announced in ACI Alliance Calling and provided with a student membership. Click here for additional details on the Student Poster competition and evaluation criteria.


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Click here to access the CI2018 Abstract Submission Site


Presenter Resources

Podium Presenters

Click here to review the CI2018 DC Audio Visual Guidelines.

Click here to review the CI2018 DC PowerPoint Creation Guidelines.

Advance Submission:

CI2018 DC will be utilizing a Presentation Management system that allows for advance submission of presentations, review of presentations in the Speaker Ready Room, and networked transfer of presentations into each session room. ACI Alliance requires that presentations be submitted IN ADVANCE of the meeting to allow adequate time for closed captioning to be prepared for your presentation (at least 24 hours in advance of your session start time). Access to the Presentation Management system will be granted on or around February 16, 2018.

Speaker Ready Room:

The Speaker Ready Room will be located in the Sales Conference Room on the Lobby Level of the Omni Shoreham (across from West Registration) and will be operational during the following hours:                                

Wednesday, March 7:             12:00pm – 7:00pm

Thursday, March 8:                 6:30am – 5:30pm

Friday, March 9:                     7:00am – 5:30pm

Saturday, March 10:               7:00am – 12:00pm


Poster Presenters

Click here to review the CI2018 Poster Guidelines.

Click here to review the CI2018 Poster Listing with Poster Numbers.

Poster Format Requirements:

Your poster must meet these guidelines:

  • Posters must be no larger than 44" tall by 44" wide.

  • A copy of the abstract must be incorporated into the poster or may be attached to the upper left-hand corner of the panel.

  • A section at the top of the poster must contain the Title, Authors, and Affiliations.

Important Poster Session Events:


Wednesday 3/7

Thursday 3/8

Friday 3/9

Poster Set-up

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

7:00 am - 3:00 pm


Poster Session


4:10 pm – 5:30 pm


Additional Viewing


5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Poster Removal*



3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

*Posters not removed by 5:30 pm on Friday, March 9 will be discarded.


Registration, Housing, and Travel

All podium and poster presenters are required to register for the CI2018 Emerging Issues Meeting and are responsible for their own travel expenses. 


Questions? Contact:

Julia Peterson

CI2018 Emerging Issues Administrator

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