Updated May 04, 2020 by Webmaster EURO-CIU
There have already been cases of cochlear implant users struggling to communicate with medical staff in quarantine situations due to a lack of awareness of cochlear implants. To facilitate accessibility and communication, EURO-CIU have prepared documents for a wide range of cochlear implant processors. We recommend that all cochlear implant users complete the appropriate form today, as a precaution in case they get hospitalised. Be prepared for any eventuality, not only now but in the years ahead too. Stay safe.
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Hearing Care, cognitive decline and dementia: A public health challenge,or an opportunity for healthy ageing?
This survey has been carried out on the situation of Cochlear Implantation in Europe due to COVID19 in the 3rd week of April.
We have obtained 20 responses representing 18 countries. From Finland and Germany, 2 representatives responded.
The countries represented are: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Estonia, Finland, UK, Greece, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherland, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden.
Cochlear implant operations have been stopped in practically all countries because of the ceasing of elective surgeries. Only in the 2 countries (Denmark and Finland) report that cochlear implantation operations are believed to have continued. In Finland one of the representatives indicated yes and the other indicated no.
COVID-19: Everything you need to know about masks: types, and how to put and them off. A fun and didactic tutorial by @COMBarcelona (Medical Association of Barcelona, Spain)
Cochlear Implant Users Demand Improved Accessibility to Communication during the Pandemic
The current pandemic is already having a disproportionate impact on hearing-impaired persons with cochlear implants. They face:
Disruption of essential services and support.
Higher risk of serious illness or death due to the greater presence of other health conditions.
Exclusion from important health information and mainstream health provision.
Living in an inaccessible world where barriers to goods and services are everywhere.
The European Cochlear Implant Users’ Association, EURO-CIU Demands:
Hearing loss does not limit us, it is the slogan of the World Health Organization, WHO, this year in the celebration of #WorldDayAudition on March 3.
Thanks to technical aids such as the cochlear implant or the hearing aid and breaking the communication barriers with accessibility, with magnetic loops, subtitling, live transcription, etc.
But to get the most out of it, adequate speech therapy rehabilitation is necessary and that these aids are subsidized both in the first instance of surgery, and subsequently its renovations; not only in cases of minors, but especially also in older people.
Several studies show that investing in hearing aids is very profitable socially and economically since it delays other pathologies that are very economically onerous such as senile dementia, Alzheimer's or cognitive impairment.
February 19, 2020 by Webmaster EURO-CIU
To celebrate International Cochlear Implant Day on 25th February 2020, the European CI users’ associations want to make their voices heard loud and clear: I want to hear. Can you hear me? Their message is communicated through two videos showing people who are fully integrated into school and work life, thanks to their cochlear implants.
The first video "The School" features a 10-year-old girl who, thanks to early diagnosis, simultaneous bilateral cochlear implantation at the age of 9 months, and subsequent rehabilitation, hears and speaks normally. She is doing very well at school and does not need support teachers.
The second video: "The businessman" features a 40-year-old man who suffered from progressive hearing loss. He underwent sequential bilateral cochlear implant surgery and was able to continue working as a successful businessman.
European Disability Forum and Oracle E-Accessibility Scholarship 2019-2020
January 23, 2020 by Webmaster EURO-CIU
The European Disability Forum (EDF) and Oracle have launched a scholarship for students with disabilities studying in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, User Experience, or related fields enrolled at a EU university for the academic year 2019-2020.
The scholarship consists of 6,500€ to be awarded based on a project or research that will be conducted during the academic year. The Scholarship will be awarded primarily based on a project or thesis in which the needs of persons with disabilities in terms of accessibility to ICT (e-Accessibility) are taken into consideration and/or an innovative solution to enhance their access is proposed. The project must be an integral component of the educational programme undertaken by the student (e.g. final year assignment or part of their Masters or PhD). The project may either be a proposal or it can already be underway.
The application process will open on the 6th January 2020 and will close on the 6th March 2020.
Jury decision will be on March 2020 and successful applicant will be notified by 1st April 2020.
Historic international event on cochlear implant advocacy to improve access to cochlear implants for adults with severe to profound hearing loss.
December 20, 2019 by Webmaster EURO-CIU
On the 6th of December 2019 (after the World Hearing Forum organized by the WHO on 4-5 December), a group of hearing health professionals, consumer advocacy organizations together with the 4 CI-companies attended the meeting of the Consumer and Professional Advocacy Committee (CAPAC), to discuss and plan advocacy activities around the forthcoming publication of the Delphi Consensus on International Standards of Care for Adult Cochlear Implantation. As published in latest EURO-CIU Newsletter of September 2019, Leo De Raeve was representing EURO-CIU in the CAPAC.
30 years of The Ear Foundation
December 9, 2019 by Webmaster EURO-CIU
As we reach the end of our special birthday year, it feels like a good time to reflect on all The Ear Foundation has achieved in our fantastic 30 year history.
The goal of The Ear Foundation remains to support people to live well with hearing loss, to make the most of hearing technology in everyday life and to develop the skills to succeed and participate with confidence - to hear, communicate and connect.
Thank you to everyone who supports The Ear Foundation and has contributed their time, effort and money over the years
EURO-CIU became a member of HEAR-IT
October 29, 2019 by Webmaster EURO-CIU
On the 17th of October 2019, the Executive Board of HEAR-IT unanimously decided to recommend EURO-CIU as a member of their General Assembly.
Hear-it AISBL is an international non-profit and non-commercial organisation that has been established to increase public awareness of hearing loss. The objective of Hear-it AISBL is to collect, process and circulate up-to-date scientific (sociological, legal, medical, public, policy related) and other relevant information including personal stories pertaining to hearing impairments and their human and socio-economic consequences.
EURO-CIU becomes a member of the World Hearing Forum
September 27, 2019 by Webmaster EURO-CIU
The Board is really happy to announce EURO-CIU has become a member of the World Hearing Forum (WHF) hosted by the World Health Organization.
EURO-CIU and over 200 politicians and organizations call on the Council to equal rights on Rail Passengers.
September 18, 2019 by Webmaster EURO-CIU
“My mother, who was totally blind and partially deaf, was not taken off the train when it arrived at its final destination. The train then pulled into the sidings and it was two hours before she was discovered, despite shouting. She never travelled by train again.“ David Adams.
Belgium, Press release ministry of Health
September 03, 2019 by Webmaster EURO-CIU
BRUSSELS, 30/08/2019. - Minister of Health Maggie De Block makes cochlear implants accessible to more patients. Today, 329 Belgians receive such an implant from health care insurance each year. Thanks to the new repayment criteria, an estimated 362 will soon be added.