Scientific Program

Scientific Program

Scientific Program

About CI2021: Cochlear Implants in Children and Adults:

The theme of the CI2021 Conference is Cochlear Implantation: It Takes a Village.

The CI2021 conference will foster dissemination of multi-disciplinary scientific information applicable to audiologists, physicians, speech pathologists, scientists, engineers, educators, students, advocates and others involved in cochlear implantation. The conference will provide attendees with opportunities to explore current and emerging topics for CI patients across the lifespan.

The program features presentations on a range of topics including telehealth, pediatric and adult cochlear implantation, innovations in audiology, (re)habilitation, surgical techniques and technologies, single-sided deafness, music appreciation, and addressing equity in cochlear implantation.

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Invited Speakers and Panels:

John Niparko Memorial Lecture: Degeneration and Regeneration of the Inner Ear

  • Keynote Speaker: Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD. Dr. Stankovic is Chief, Division of Otology and Neurotology and Director of the Molecular Neurotology and Biotechnology Lab at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University. Dr. Stankovic had planned to speak at CI2020 and we are delighted she will join us at CI2021. 

Keynote Lecture:
Improving CI Access with a Spanish Test Battery

  • Keynote Speaker: Alejandro Rivas, MD

Telehealth: What we’ve experienced in Audiology, Surgery, Therapy & Education

Climbing the Ladder to Success: Audiology Professional Development


  • Meredith Holcomb, AuD


  • Gabrielle Cager, AuD
  • Rene Gifford, PhD
  • William Shapiro, AuD
  • Alejandra Ullauri, AuD
  • Terry Zolwan, PhD

Cochlear Implant Futures: How the past shapes the future and what to do about it

Dr. Howard Francis will lead a roundtable discussion amongst an interdisciplinary group of thought leaders about contemporary challenges to cochlear implant delivery and access. The group will then be challenged to suggest what strategies might be advanced to address healthcare vulnerabilities and societal attitudes.


  • Howard W. Francis, MD, MBA, FACS; Richard Hall Chaney, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology Chair, Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences, Duke University Health System


  • Teresa Caraway, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT; CEO, Hearing First
  • Cliff Megerian, MD, FACS.; President, University Hospitals Health System
  • Debara L. Tucci, MD, MS, MBA; Director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health
  • Peter Thomas, JD, Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC
  • Jason Wigand, AuD.; Owner at LifeAloud, LLC

Controversies in Cochlear Implantation (Point/Counterpoint)

(Re)Habilitation Connect Forum: From Data to Delivery: Implementing Research-Based Intervention 
Forum Coordinating Committee: Amy Birath AuD, LSLS Cert AVEd; Hannah Eskridge MSP, LSLS Cert AVT; Amy McConkey Robbins MS, LSLS Cert AVT

  • Segment One: The Complexities of Family-Centered Intervention: The Essential Need for Trauma-Informed Practice Carrie Neff MS, LPC-S, IMH-E; Darcy Stowe MS, LSLS Cert AVT
  • Segment Two: Maximizing Reading Potential: The Roles of Segmental and Suprasegmental Speech Perception for Successful Literacy Outcomes for Children Who Have Cochlear Implants Lisa Davidson PhD; Heather Grantham PhD
  • Segment Three: The Challenge of Transitioning to Life Beyond High School for Students who use Cochlear Implants Terry Zwolan PhD; Jennifer Still MHS, LSLS Cert. AVT

Review the (Re)Habilitation Connect Forum Flyer for additional details.

Social Justice and Hearing Health Care: Addressing Equity in Cochlear Implantation


  • Matthew Bush MD, PhD


  • Jacob Hunter, MD; UT Southwestern, Hearing Health Disparities Research
  • Nicole Marrone, PhD; Healthcare Disparities in AZ Hispanic Population
  • Carrie Nieman, MD, MPH; Johns Hopkins, Hearing Health in Older Americans
  • Sheree Sims, BA; CI Coordinator/Outreach to African American Community, University of Cincinnati



Abstract Submission

Call for Abstracts:

Abstract submission for CI2021 is now closed. The submission deadline was November 17, 2020.

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Abstract Review and Notification: 

Author Notifications were sent on January 22, 2021.

The Program Committee had the responsibility to review and rank all abstracts that are submitted. Abstracts were considered for both Podium and ePoster Presentations. Email notifications were be sent to the corresponding author. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you did not receive your notice or have questions.

Participation and Registration Requirements:

  • Upon acceptance, all presenting authors of both oral and ePoster presentations must register for the meeting and are responsible for their registration expenses.
  • A presenter registration deadline of February 8, 2021 is provided in acceptance notifications. Failure to register by this deadline will result in removal from the scientific program.

Student Poster Competition:

A Student Poster Competition will be held for those enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or resident program. An academic advisor or another university official must verify student/resident status. Students may enter a poster abstract for the competition as part of the CI2021 Call for Abstracts. Posters entered in the competition will be judged on:

  • Content/Poster Organization and Preparation
  • Display Appearance
  • Originality and Merit
  • Oral Discussion/Knowledge and Presentation

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Cochlear Implant Team Video Series

Cochlear Implant Cribs: Multidisciplinary Cochlear Implant Team Video Series to Launch at CI2021 Virtual

Calling all clinics, schools, and hospitals! Would you like to highlight creative innovations or “clinical practice hacks” used by your multidisciplinary cochlear implant team at the upcoming CI2021 conference? This year we are hosting our 1st annual Multidisciplinary Cochlear Implant Team Video Series. This session will focus on creative and novel innovations surrounding management of cochlear implant recipients from a collaborative team approach. The definition of team has changed drastically in the cochlear implant world over the last decade. This session will highlight individual multidisciplinary programs who can showcase unique and innovative solutions to common tasks such candidacy screening and assessment, patient education and counseling, surgery, outreach, programming, rehabilitation or other relevant areas. In light of opportunities relevant to this past year, please consider topics relating to telemedicine, distance learning, remote programming, or other associated areas.

ALL professionals are welcome, including but not limited to educators, social workers, audiologists, surgeons, trainees, speech therapists, psychologists, researchers, and more. If interested, please send us a short 1-2 paragraph description of your “clinical practice hack” for review. If selected, you will be required to compile a high-quality 3-5 minute video clip highlighting your program’s unique innovation or concept. If possible, please include at least 3 members of your multidisciplinary team in the video and explain the practical details surrounding your novel innovation or approach. We look forward to receiving your submissions. As we all know, it takes more than a magnet to keep a processor on… It takes a village!

Submission Details: