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Day with the Experts: Cochlear Implants

June 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Day with the Experts: Cochlear Implants

Sponsored by the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, and The Friends of the Waisman Center

Hosted by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Registration: Click here to register for Cochlear Implants Day with the Experts

To learn more about the series visit: Waisman Center Day with the Experts Outreach Page.
View fliers and programs from previous Day with the Experts Cochlear Implants.


Event Details

Saturday, June 1, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
(Complimentary coffee & bagels at 8:30 a.m.)
Where: John D. Wiley Conference Center
T216, Second Floor, North Tower
Waisman Center, UW-Madison
1500 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705
Learn about advances in research and clinical services and hear from a panel of experts—individuals with cochlear implants and family members.
Registration: Click here to register for CI Day with the Experts.
Live Webcast: Waisman Center Video Live Stream.
Download: 2019 CI Day with the Experts Schedule (pdf)
Capacity is limited, please pre-register to attend the event at the Waisman Center.
For additional details call (608) 263-5837 or email to palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu

Schedule & Program

9:00–9:15 am “Overview and Highlights of Cochlear Implant Research at UW-Madison”
Ruth Litovsky, PhD
Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders,
Department of Surgery and Waisman Center Investigator
9:15–9:40 am “What’s New with Cochlear Implants”
Joseph Roche, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Since their introduction, cochlear implants have proven to be the gold standard treatment for individuals with severe and profound hearing loss. Innovations in the field continue to advance and improve patient experiences and outcomes. New and exciting clinical developments regarding these devices will be presented.
9:40–10:05 am “Everyday Hearing Experiences of Cochlear Implantees: Device Use and Auditory Environments
Viji Easwar, PhD, MSc
Audiology FAAA, Visiting Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Hearing experience plays an important role in the nurturing of auditory skills in individuals with hearing loss. Monitoring hearing experience may help identify strategies to optimize listening opportunities. To this end, technological advances such as datalogging in cochlear implants (CI) has enabled objective monitoring of the user’s everyday hearing experiences. This talk will discuss datalogging-monitored factors that influence the CI user’s hearing experiences such as consistency of device use and the nature of the acoustic environments they are exposed to everyday.
10:20–10:45 am “Novel Cochlear Implant Strategies for Improving Sound Localization
Tanvi Thakkar, PhD
Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab, Waisman Center
Everyday listening environments can be complex and noisy. Having two ears enables normal-hearing listeners to navigate in noisy environments and locate sounds in the horizontal plane. Patients with bilateral cochlear implants have access to sound in both ears but experience difficulties locating sound sources, particularly in
noise. This outcome is due to the current processing strategies in clinical devices which do not capture accurate timing of the sound arriving at the two ears. The studies discussed here take a step toward providing unique strategies such that listeners with cochlear implants can detect the time-of-arrival of sounds and  distinguish locations in noisy environments.
10:45–11:30 am PANEL DISCUSSION
A panel of experts including cochlear implant users and family members
Moderated by Ruth Litovsky, PhD, Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Department of Surgery and Waisman Investigator
11:30 am–
12:15 pm
Question and answer session with a panel of clinicians


June 1, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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