Anticipation is building for the annual Hear ‘n’ Now Conference which will take place on Friday, October 13th, 2017. This year’s invited speakers will share important research updates related to expanded indications for cochlear implant recipients.  Our keynote speaker, Dr. Rene Gifford, has published extensively on this topic.  One such paper by Dr.Gifford and her colleagues is reviewed below by Matt Maciejewski of our Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC Advisory Board.

Evidence for the expansion of pediatric cochlear implant candidacy.

Carlson ML, Sladen DP, Haynes DS, Driscoll CL, DeJong MD, Erickson HC, Sunderhaus LW, Hedley-Williams A, Rosenzweig EA, Davis TJ, Gifford RH.

Otol Neurotol. 2015. 36(1):43-50.

Statement of the Issue

Cochlear implants have helped many children with severe to profound hearing loss. It has been unclear if other children with less severe hearing loss not benefitting from conventional amplification of their hearing from hearing aids would benefit from receiving cochlear implants. This study sought to answer this question.

Summarize What Research Found

In 51 children who were 8 years of age on average who received a cochlear implant between 2001 and 2013, Carlson and his colleagues looked at changes in speech and hearing before and after surgery. Seventeen months after surgery (on average), the authors found that speech recognition and hearing improved dramatically. This result suggests that non-traditional candidates for cochlear implants like these children benefit greatly from receiving an implant.

How/Why this Research Matters to Families

Parents may want to consider advocating cochlear implantation if their children have significant hearing loss that isn’t quite severe to profound, because cochlear implants may help them if their speech and hearing aren’t improved by hearing aids.

Registration is open and parents are invited to attend tuition-free.  Please join us for this exciting day of sharing!

2 Responses to “Research Review and the 2017 Hear ‘n’ Now Conference”

  1. J. Moran

    Will research and opinions on c.i. outcomes for children (and beyond),who have been clinically diagnosed with sn with Auditory Neuropathy (ANSD) be discussed in depth? Who is the ANSD specialist to contact for a parent to contact? Thank you.

    • Holly Teagle

      ANSD will not be a specific topic of presentation, however, presenters have experience with this population and would be happy to discuss and answer questions. Children with ANSD are receiving cochlear implants. Each individual has a unique history and sets of circumstances that affect outcomes. If you have specific questions you can contact Holly Teagle at


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