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UI will host world conference on cochlear implants

EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: In conjunction with this conference, "HEAR in Dallas," a Texas organization devoted to working with hearing-impaired children, will present a talent show. The program, which will be presented Saturday, June 6 at the Iowa Memorial Union, will showcase the hearing and speaking abilities of eight children who were born profoundly deaf and who have had cochlear implants. If you would like to cover this event, or interview someone from HEAR in Dallas or one of the conference speakers, please contact Steve Maravetz, 319-335-8033. Linda Daniel of HEAR in Dallas is a University of Iowa alumnus.

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will play host to surgeons and researchers from around the world during the seventh Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children June 4-7.

Among the speakers at the event will be Dr. James Battey, director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Battey will speak on "The Role of the NIH in Research and Cochlear Implants." The NIDCD, part of the National Institutes of Health, is the primary sponsor of the symposium, the first to be held in more than two years.

Organizers of the event are Drs. Bruce J. Gantz, Richard S. Tyler and Jay T. Rubinstein of the Cochlear Implant Center in the department of otolaryngology, which is recognized as one of the best in the world.

"This symposium brings together the top cochlear implant teams from all over the globe," says Gantz, professor and head of the department. "It is an honor for us to be chosen to host this important conference."

During the event, there will be presentations from people who have traveled from across the United States, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.

"Among the major topics we will address are expanding both the age of implantation and the level of hearing loss indications," Gantz says. Gantz notes that children whose hearing impairment is not as severe as those currently considered as candidates may be helped by the device.