Waisman Center Day with the Experts

Waisman Center Day with the Experts

June 23, 2013 at 8:30 - 2:30
Friends of the Waisman Center Auditorium
Cochlear Implants

Participants will learn about the latest advances in research, and will hear firsthand from a panel of experts—cochlear implant users and their families.

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Note: For additional details call (608) 263-5837 or email to palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu

Schedule & Program

8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction to the Waisman Center

Marsha R. Mailick, PhD
Director, Waisman Center
Vaughan Bascom and Elizabeth M. Boggs Professor

9:00 am -
9:15 am
   Schedule Overview and Introduction of Speakers
9:15 am –
10:00 am

Changing CI Candidacy Criteria and Outcomes

J. Thomas Roland, Jr., MD

guest speaker from NYU Langone Medical Center

The criteria for cochlear implant candidacy continues to evolve as new devices and new indications emerge.  Implantation is no longer just for the bilaterally profoundly hearing impaired who do not get hearing aid benefit. This presentation will focus on new trials with very different patient groups and the outcomes after cochlear implantation.  Patients with single sided deafness, partial hearing loss, without cochleae or cochlear nerves and challenging medical conditions are now benefitting from this technology.

10:00 am –
11:00 am

Brain Plasticity and Development in Children and Adults with Cochlear Implants & Different Evaluations for Different Kinds of Hearing

Brain Plasticity and Development in Children and Adults with Cochlear Implants

Ruth Litovsky, PhD
Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Department of Surgery, and Waisman Center Investigator

Cochlear implants are provided to patients as young as 8-10 months and to adults who have lived many years with auditory input in one ear or in both ears. Much of the success of the patient depends on the post-implant rehabilitation, but there are biological and cognitive factors that are also important to consider. This presentation focuses on measures of language, cognition, peripheral health of the neurons and the ability to hear speech in noise or to localize sounds and how these various perceptual and biological effects interact with the ability of patients to maximize their performance with cochlear implants.

Different Evaluations for Different Kinds of Hearing

Matthew Winn, AuD, PhD
Research Associate, Waisman Center

On an average day, a person might listen to family at the kitchen table, co-workers at a noisy office, strangers who speak with unfamiliar accents, and music on the car ride home. All of these situations demand different kinds of hearing abilities and different ways for our brain to help compensate for hearing difficulty. This presentation explores different ways to measure hearing abilities to give us a more complete understanding of the experience of a person with hearing loss. Focus points include compensation strategies, using visual cues in unexpected ways, and the balance of success and effort.

11:00 am –

Panel Discussion-A panel of experts including CI users and their family members

Noon –
1:00 pm

Catered Picnic Lunch

Optional Lunch Session: Cochlear Implants-The Coverage Issue
James Reiher, JD, The Schroeder Group
This presentation will focus on the history, analysis, and pursuit of insurance coverage for cochlear implants.

1:00 pm –
1:45 pm

The Benefits of Cochlear Implantation in the Elderly

Mark Pyle, MD
Professor, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Academic Vice-Chair, Division of Otolaryngology; Chair, Otology and Neurotology

At the University of Wisconsin, we have been performing cochlear implants with increased frequency in older patients with good outcomes. Recent studies have shown that cochlear implantation is well tolerated in the older patient population.  Cochlear implants provide unique benefits to the elderly, including significant improvements in communication with family and care providers.

Special Considerations in Pediatric Cochlear Implantation

Sam Gubbels, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Section of Otology and Neurotology, and Waisman Center Investigator

There are unique considerations encountered by parents and clinicians in the course of the cochlear implantation in children and adolescents. This presentation will address a number of cochlear implant-related questions unique to children including: when to place implants on both sides; what age to perform implantation; how to accurately determine the severity of hearing loss in infants; how to best predict hearing outcomes in children after CI and; how do research advancements in novel, regenerative therapies for hearing loss affect CI decision making now.

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Clinical Perspectives on Cochlear Implants

A panel discussion with an audiologist, speech pathologist, and social worker