Published: Prevalence of cochlear implants in Europe: trend between 2010 and 2016

This article by Leo de Raeve coauthored Sue Archbold, Monika Lehnhardt-Goriany, Tricia Kemp was published now:

Prevalence of cochlear implants in Europe: trend between 2010 and 2016, published in Cochlear Implants International, Volume 21 Issue 5, available to access via tandfonline.com.

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Objective: To collect figures on the numbers of children and adults receiving cochlear implants across Europe, compare the figures for 2016 with those for 2010, and identify any trends.

Materials and methods: In 2018 EURO-CIU invited their 23 member countries to conduct a survey collecting data on the number of CI recipients in 2016 and 2017. Data were received from 15 countries, representing more than 100 000 CI recipients in Europe.

Results: For paediatric CI, there was an increase in nearly all European countries (except Denmark, the UK and Luxembourg) between 2010 and 2016. We found an annual figure of one CI per 1000 newborns common in most countries where reimbursement of paediatric CI’s is available. Conversely the adult data reveals no increase between 2010 and 2016 and the data is less homogeneous than the paediatric data with huge differences across countries.

Conclusion: There is little agreement on data on numbers of CI across Europe, which makes it difficult to plan public health policy, funding or services. In all European countries included in this study (except Germany) there needs to be work on raising more awareness of adult hearing loss and adult cochlear implantation to improve access.

 

Summary First Day of EURO-CIU Conference in Wroclav, Poland

It was a very interesting day, see here a summary and underneath the Program

Thursday, 25 April 2019 (medical topics) – 1st day

(8:30-9:00 – Press Conference)
8:00-9:00 Registration/welcome coffee
9:00-9:10 Opening of the conference – Adrian Szatkowski, Hearing Without Borders Chairman
9:10-9:20 Welcome. “The role of EURO-CIU in Europe” – Teresa Amat (ES), EURO-CIU President
9:20-9:40 Speeches by the representatives of public institutions
9:40-10:00 Musical intermezzo – Jadwiga Tomczyńska (harp); patients with implants: Szymon Rekowski (piano), Anna Miecznikowska (vocal)
10:00-10:10 “The impact of hearing loss worldwide” – dr. Shelly Chadha (IN), WHO (video presentation)
10:10-11:30 Panel discussion: “Implant programs in Europe – treatment standards for children and adults” – prof. Sandro Burdo (IT), prof. Roland Laszig (DE), prof. Henryk Skarżyński (PL), prof. Witold Szyfter (PL), Nadine Cochard (FR); Moderator: prof. Sandro Burdo (IT)
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-12:20 “The importance of hearing loss for patients, their families and the environment” – Eulalia Juan Pastor (ES)
12:20-12:40 “Bilateral implantation – current state of the art” – prof. Roland Laszig (DE)
12:40-14:00 Multidisciplinary panel discussion: “Cochlear implants – when are they indicated and when not” – prof. Sandro Burdo (IT), Prof. Roland Laszig (DE), prof. Henryk Skarżyński (PL), dr. Józef Mierzwiński (PL), Eulalia Juan Pastor (ES), Maria Rotkiel (PL), Nadine Cochard (FR); Moderator: dr. Monika Lehnhardt-Goriany (DE)
14:00-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:10 Panel discussion with patients and representatives of patients’ families: “Expectations of patients” – Maria Rekowska (PL), Marcin Czerniak (PL), Anamaria-Diana Brasow (ROU), Michael Wollrab (AT); Moderator: dr. Katarzyna Ita Bieńkowska (PL)
16:10-16:30  “Newborn hearing screening in Poland – results after 15 years”
16:30-16:50 “Screening in Europe” (hearing screening tests in various age groups – programs and effects) – dr Monika Lehnhardt-Goriany (DE)
16:50-17:00 Summary of the day – dr Monika Lehnhardt-Goriany (DE)
19:00 Integration dinner

Friday, 26 April 2019 (rehabilitation, social aspects) – 2nd day

9:00-9:05 Opening of the second day of the Symposium
9:05-9:35 “Rehabilitation has more than one name – different rehabilitation needs of children and adult cochlear implant users” –  dr. Sue Archbold (GB)
9:35-10:00 “The role of sound processor fitting in (re)habilitation” – Eulalia Juan Pastor (ES)
10:00-10:30 “Proprietary methods of rehabilitation” – dr. Zdzisława Orłowska-Popek (PL)
10:30-11:00 “Music therapy in auditory implants” – Barbara Kaczynska (PL)
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:00 “Modern methods of therapy of people with hearing implants” – dr. Katarzyna Ita Bienkowska (PL)
12:00-13:30 Commercial presentations of the Symposium sponsors
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:15 “Users of implants in the labor market” – panel discussion: Marta Mikuła (PL), Jakub Śledź (PL), Magdalena Piasecka (PL), Dr Mariusz Pawlak (PL), Maria Żarnowska (PL), Henryk Bania (PL)
15:15-16:15 “Stories of patients as a carrier of information about the problem of hearing loss” – Marcin Nędza (PL), Wioleta Zabielska with her daughter Ania (PL), Henri Francois (FR)
16:00-16:15 Closing Remarks
16:15-16:30 Summary of the Symposium – dr Monika Lehnhardt-Goriany (DE)
16:30 – End of the Symposium
17:30 Wrocław sightseeing (for EURO-CIU Delegates)
Saturday, 27 April 2019 (General Assembly)
  • Meeting of delegates: members of EURO-CIU, European Association of Cochlear Implant Users

EURO-CIU 2019 – preparing scientific program

Today I was in Wroclaw and met with representatives of the Polish CI Association „Slyszec bez granic“ (Hearing without borders) in order to prepare the scientific programme for the XII Symposium of the EURO-CIU which will take place in Wroclaw April 25 – 27, 2019.

On this occasion we made a video in which I talk about the history and the role of EURO-CIU, the importance of the symposium and invite potential spectators to join us.

The conference is going to be a very interesting event, top experts will present and the EURO-CIU family will meet and share experience.

Dear friends, looking forward to seeing you in Wroclav, Poland on April 25 – 26, 2019:

PORA! Educational webinars: the plan for 2019

Those who have been following the work of the Lehnhardt Foundation know that education and information support is at the heart of what we do. PORA! is a series of webinars for parents and families of children who are hard of hearing or deaf – and experts working to support these children’s development. For more than 10 years PORA! has been a source of contemporary knowledge and an interaction forum for families and specialists hailing from mainly countries of Eastern Europe. Among our speakers we have had opinion leaders from a multitude of countries and backgrounds: surgeons, acousticians and engineers, speech-language pathologists and teachers of the deaf.

In 2019 PORA! will continue its tradition of delivering on the most important subjects within management of hearing loss and improvement of outcomes for children with cochlear implants and other hearing devices. In collaboration with an international panel chaired by our long-term collaborator and friend Dr. Bodo Bertram we have compiled a preliminary program.

Please find it embedded below – the slides are trilingual (English, Russian, German) and are best viewed if expanded full-screen.

To follow the PORA! program over the months, please subscribe to the PORA! blog.

Summary of the year 2018

Life and work have kept us exceptionally busy – so busy that it was only this year that we realized we have been breaking with this tradition for far too long. Here it comes, then, – our review of the previous year. We have lot to share, a lot to be thankful for and, unfortunately, a few losses to grieve. The cumulative number of protegees of the Lehnhardt Foundation reached 160 this year. Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Germany and Italy were only some of the countries we visited for personal and work travel. We hope that in the process of doing so we have been able to lay the groundwork of changes for the better that are needed by deaf people in certain countries – and globally.

Welcome to our summary of the year 2018!

Yours truly,

Dr. Dr. h. c. Monika Lehnhardt

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