Message from the President
I’m writing these lines on a plane during one of my few trips “after the pandemic” (if we can affirm it’s under control), and I realize how much I miss these face-to-face meetings, the exchange of views between EURO-CIU members that enrich our associative movement so much.
Sad feelings come over me for not being able to celebrate EURO-CIU’s 25th anniversary as planned. But we haven’t been inactive, if anything we have used our synergies to bring together projects we had in mind and that made us check documentation and share it together, as we prepared along with CIICA a brochure about dementia and cochlear implants, which will be made available to everyone for its translation and distribution.
We must remind that making WHO’s “Hearing Report” available for everyone allows our members to inform about cochlear implant with reliable information ready to be used by governments from each one of our countries.
Our MOSAICS project continued its course and we’re already present in European and global areas that confirm our visibility and our friends on this journey.
Hearing provided by cochlear implants is no longer questioned in any area and it’s time for governments to invest in connectivity and technology that can enhance the value of the device.
We’re aware of the challenges posed by opaque masks, endless videoconferences, subtitles and captions almost impossible to read or follow, remote meetings, overwhelmed teachers and inexistent family and work reconciliation. Despite all this, we see how users figure out innovative solutions and professionals keep defending their ideas to thrive in these times.
That’s why I encourage you to stay tuned for upcoming updates we’re preparing for our next online Annual General Assembly early next year and the symposium our Dutch and Belgian friends are preparing in Rotterdam. Once again, we’ll be able to vibrate together as we feel a contagious feeling of excitement and illusion from each and every one of us.
Happy holidays and happy new year. Take care!
Teresa Amat (President)
Thank you for all your contributions so that from the Newsletter we can share and spread the news about the cochlear implant from different areas and compare different points of view and approaches.
Although we cannot consider that we have completely returned to normality, we note that ideas continue to flow and that different projects appear, which makes us optimistic and we realize that we must continue working so that there is better access to the hearing aid that it represents, the cochlear implant.
With a still summery climate, from Spain, receive a cordial greeting asking everyone to take care of your general and hearing health.
Teresa Amat (President EURO-CIU)
These past months, COVID pandemic has extenuated our lives, but EURO-CIU tasks have continued and we can say we have been present in several online events, reclaiming our rights and making cochlear implants’ voice heard.
Advocacy work has continued firm and clear with participations in MOSAICS, CIICA, EDF, World Hearing Forum or confirming the next e-moji which will represent cochlear implant users really soon.
We are getting glimpses of a lot of virtual and onsite congresses and events and soon we will be able to have new data from and for all EURO-CIU members.
Before I wish you a happy holiday to all of you and your families, remember that next Annual General Assembly we have elections for 2 different positions: Secretary and vice-president.
I encourage all of you to present your candidatures because change comes from within and from proposals we need to commit to carry out. All of us must engage to advance and give EURO-CIU visibility and raise awareness to reach the maximum European administrations and political establishments. Take care and enjoy the well-deserved holiday!
What an amazing end of February and start of March, celebrating Cochlear Implant Day andWorld Hearing Day! Never in history were the words Cochlear Implant and Hearing Loss somuch mentioned in social media and traditional media, repercussing around Europe themessage about hearing care in national health programmes as well as about access torehabilitation and hearing aids and cochlear implants.