CONTACT: STEVE MARAVETZ
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037; fax (319) 335-8034
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
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.