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About us

EURO-CIU is a non-governmental and non-profit association which was established in Luxembourg in 1995. The association consists of 31 national member associations from 23 European countries.

Altogether the EURO-CIU represents almost 150.000 cochlear implant (CI) users across Europe, approximately 60% of whom are adults and 40% children.

In the Association’s recent surveys of members 95% of cochlear implant users state that the implant has improved both their and their families’ quality of life.

The mission of EURO-CIU is to increase access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through awareness and research.

To know more about us, our position and our activities, you can download the EURO-CIU Annual Report.


Annual Report

Since 2016, EURO-CIU compiles an Annual Report to show their activities, position to be held accountable, as the European Association who fights for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Cochlear Implants User’s interests. A 28 page compilation of a year work from all countries and European level activities, campaigns EURO-CIU is working on, etc. with photos that illustrates cochlear implant users from all over the continent, that ends with a list of all our current members, which this year went up to 32 members from 23 different countries. Click below to know more about our work and us during this past 2017:

          EURO-CIU position papers
          Cochlear Implant Day
          Symposiums / Workshops
          Youth – European Friendship Week
          EURO-CIU is member of: Platform / EDF / 4th European Disability Parliament
          Strong Accessibility Act
          Campaign Spend 2 Save
          Manifesto on Hearing Loss and Disability
          Visibility
          Etc. 


 EURO-CIU position paper

A position paper on cochlear implantation was examined April 6, 2013 in Istanbul in margin of the Annual General Assembly of EURO-CIU.

Proposed by the board of the association, the following document was approved by the members after constructive consultations.

After all, it seems legitimate that the European Association of Cochlear Implant Users should take a clear position in this field.

In the more or less near future, EURO-CIU could modify all or part of this document depending on the evolution of indications or technology.

As Chairman of EURO-CIU, I fully welcome the fruitful discussions that preceded the adoption of our common position.

Gilles COGNAT
EURO-CIU President (April 2007 to April 2015)

  • ​EURO-CIU represents in 2013 the interests of more than 90,000 persons in Europe.
  • EURO-CIU represents national associations of cochlear implant users at European level.
  • EURO-CIU is full member of the Disability Forum (EDF-FEPH) since 1999.
  • EURO-CIU is member of the European Platform of Deafness, Hard of Hearing and Deafblindness.
  • EURO-CIU stresses that the benefit of one cochlear implant is in no doubt.
  • EURO-CIU stresses that for the children the decision to have a cochlear implant is a parental choice under a medical recommendation. The interests of the child should be the main consideration.
  • EURO-CIU stresses that a bi-lateral implantation, in particular for children, must become now a standard clinical practice for patients who fulfil the relevant criteria. Numerous studies have shown significant benefits of both simultaneous and sequential bilateral implantation for adults and children.
  • EURO-CIU stresses that all methods of communication are compatible with cochlear implants – cued speech, sign language and lip-reading.
  • EURO-CIU stresses that it remains the key role of the parents to offer their children an appropriate way to communicate and this may include providing both visual and auditory information. Establishing communication with the child is likely to have the biggest positive impact on their emotional and cognitive development.

The Board

From left: Ervin Bonecz (Hungary) - Beatrice Cusmai (Italy) - Teresa Amat (Spain) - Sari Hirvonen-Skarbö (Finland) - Henri-Francois Baiverlin (Belgium)
From left: Ervin Bonecz (Hungary) - Beatrice Cusmai (Italy) - Teresa Amat (Spain) - Sari Hirvonen-Skarbö (Finland) - Henri-Francois Baiverlin (Belgium)

EURO-CIU had an election for the 2nd Vice President and the Secretary position. The election took place within the Annual General Meeting held on 22 April 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. The new Committee is comprised of: 

For more information about the board members please click the names! More information about the members please click the bottom below: