CI2017 John Niparko Memorial Lecturer Chair, CI Conferences Committee
The CI2017 Pediatric Symposium will assemble a multi-specialty group of clinicians and scientists to explore current topics having the greatest impact on improving pediatric cochlear implant outcomes. The symposium will be organized around six themes with keynote speakers addressing these themes and podium talks providing further exploration of research and clinical insights.
Associate Professor, Josephine Knotts Knowles Professor in Human Biology Stanford University
Cochlear Implants and Technology - How Do We Bridge the Gap?
Moderator: Vinton G. Cerf, PhD (Google) Panelists: Poppy Crum, PhD (Dolby); John Hernandez (Verily); Mike Marzalek (CI User); and Nate Niparko (Accel) Presentation Date and Time: Saturday, July 29, 10:15 - 11:35 am Description: We live in a remarkable time where the pace of technology and its integration into the fabric of everyday society increases at an astonishing rate. Cochlear implantation remains the most successful neural prosthesis to date. Yet, there appears to be a gap between the rate of technological progress and the rate of progress in CI technology. Further improvements in cochlear implantation will occur when we are able to better integrate other breakthroughs in related biotechnology, including improved device design, integrated cellular- or pharmaco-therapy, the use of advanced techniques for data collection/ mining, novel approaches to cochlear implant programming strategies, and improved integration with other communication technology.
In this panel, we will discuss how to push the field forward beyond its current plateau, and discuss how to increase interactions and meaningful linkages between CI technology and technology that exists in our smartphones, laptops, and computers. We will also discuss how industry has approached similar problems of high-quality auditory stimulus delivery beyond the world of CIs, in order to figure out what lessons can be applied to our field.