14th International Symposium EURO-CIU, Vienna 2024 (Austria)

14th International Symposium EURO-CIU Steps on the Way to Hearing With Cochlear Implants
14th International Symposium EURO-CIU Steps on the Way to Hearing With Cochlear Implants

Register NOW! Symposium & General Assembly, Vienna (Austria) 2024

The slogan of the 14th Symposium will be ‘Steps on the Way to Hearing with Cochlear Implants!’  The programme will include both oral presentations by experts on cochlear implantation and rehabilitation, and meet and share sessions and round table discussions with CI users. Topics will include hearing screening, indications for cochlear implantation, music, rehabilitation, every-day challenges with a CI, and potential solutions to those challenges.

The Symposium, hosted by CIA Cochlea Implantat Austria, will take place in Vienna on 5th April 2024, with a welcome reception on 4th April – both are public.  As usual, EURO-CIU will hold its General Assembly on 6th April, the day after the symposium.

Please find the detailed programme and the registration form at https://eurociu2024.com. (To register for general assembly put the booking code sent out to EURO-CIU members on 22nd December 2023.)

You can choose between two different hotels, with rooms blocked for us until 22nd February 2024.  Be sure to reserve your stay by then!  We are looking forward to welcoming you!


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  • Friday, 5th April 2024 9:00 – 16:30
  • Venue: Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof, Canettistraße 6, 1100 Wien
  • Theme Presenter
    • Robert Mandara, president EURO-CIU
    • Hans Horak, founder and chairman CIA
    • Dr. Shelly Chadha, WHO (requested)
    • Mag. Christine Steger, Behindertenanwaltschaft Österreich
    • CI-users from Austria, CIA
  • CI – the Status Quo, “The ideal CI-Country” Best Practice Countries from Screening to Upgrades
    • Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Baumgartner, MBA, Universitätsklinik Wien, President of CIA
  • Hearing Screening and tracking in Austria
    • Prim. Dr. Thomas Keintzl, Klinikum Wels-Grieskirchen, Leiter der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Audiologie der österreichischen Gesellschaft für HNO-Heilkunde und Hals-Chirurigie
  • Hearing screening and indication for CIs at Czech Republic (V. Chrobok, J. Drsata, M. Homolac, K. Hejduk, L. Skoloudik)
    • Prof. Dr. Viktor Chrobok, University Hospital Hradec Kralove
  • Coffee Break
  • CI-Reha and Music, Music therapy for CI-users – including demonstration
    • Mag. Bianca Wirthner MSc, Universitätsklinikum St. Pölten
  • Binaural hearing: Benefit and Rehabilitation
    • PD. Dr. Astrid Magele, MBA, Universitätsklinikum St. Pölten
  • Reha mit Tonie-Box Tool
    • Johann Reithmayer, CI-User
  • CI-therapy with musical elements – the view of a speech therapist
    • Teresa Schneider BSc, LZH Dornbirn
  • Lunch Break
  • Roundtable: Reha shows effect at anytime
  • CI-Rehabitation: what it should include and how it could effect the outcome
    • Impuls presentation and Moderation: Dr. Heike Kühn, CHC Würzburg
    • Panelist: Experts and CI-Users from Austria and Europe
      • Prim. Dr. Zwittag, initiator and cooperator kokon Hearingreahbilitation for chidren
      • Priv.-Doz. Dr. Daniel Holzinger, Institut für Sinnes- und Sprachneurologie der Barmherzigen Brüder Linz, FLIP, FCEI & AChild
      • Renate Welter, CI-User, DSB Deutscher Schwerhörigenbund, Beirat ÖSB – CI-Gruppe
      • Prof. Dr. Michael Frass, CI-user
  • CI and Usher Syndrome: Why early diagnosis matters and why this is relevant for the CI community, A European perspective
    • Mag. Dominique Sturz, Patient Advocate Usher syndrome & Rare Deseases, mother of CI-user
  • My Implants – my Challenges – my Success, The truth about everday life with CI for teens and young adults.
    • Young CI-user from Austria and other countries
  • Coffee Break
  • What a patient association could offer, Most popular projects of CIA for children & their families and for elder people
    • Ing. DI(FH) Markus Fraisl, MSc and Hilde Renner, both CIA
  • Roundtable: Implanted! So what?, The effect of deafness and CI on social life, employment and quality of life for adults
    • Dieter Chmiel, HA-user, Sozialministeriumservice – Landesstelle Wien
    • CI-user from Austria and other countries
  • The Futur of Hearing
    • Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Baumgartner, MBA, Universitätsklinik Wien, President of CIA
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