Three Upcoming MED-EL Sessions on May 23, 2018 in Charlottetown

April 7, 2018.  Not long ago, I read an interesting article about a little girl, adopted from China, who was responding to vibrations, not sound.  The adoptive family had first thought this was a language difficulty as they didn’t speak Chinese, and the little girl, named Chapel, wasn’t yet fluent in English.  When they took her for testing, they discovered that:  “Chapel had total paralysis of the right side of her face, no ear canal there, or hearing nerve … making the potential for hearing in the right ear virtually impossible.  On the left side, her cochlea (which receives sound) was deformed, and her facial nerve had taken a funny path covering her cochlea, making any potential surgery enormously difficult.”  Can you guess what happened next, after complex surgery and Chapel heard her first sounds?  Follow the link and watch the video:  http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/entertainment_life/health_fitness/article_37e5302e-0ba8-11e8-8a4e-5797098e5c20.html

New technologies and techniques for improving the ability to hear are increasing across the world.  Here on Prince Edward Island, we have responded to requests for information on cochlear implants, new technologies, and how to use all those little tools that come with your cochlear implant.  MED-EL Medical Electronics will be here for a day, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown, for three very different sessions. All of the sessions will be presented by Jodi Ostroff, the Clinical Account Manager – Canada for MED-EL.  Some of you may know her already. If you attended last October’s session on ‘Demystifying Cochlear Implants‘ with Dr. David Morris, then you may remember that Jodi was at the MED-EL table to answer your questions.

Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D., Clinical Account Manager-Canada, MED-EL Medical Electronics

Jodi Ostroff, PhD, Clinical Account Manager- Canada for MED-EL Medical Electronics

Below is the information related to each session, the audience it’s intended for, and the time.  The two seminars in the morning will have real time captioning available.  As this day is sponsored by the Prince Edward Island Senior Secretariat and MED-EL, we can offer each session at only $10 each.

 1. “MED-EL Cochlear Implant Systems”

There have been significant advances in the field of implantable hearing technologies in recent years. Currently, several options are available for individuals with varying types and degrees of hearing loss who cannot wear hearing aids or who appreciate little or no benefit from traditional amplification. Moreover, cochlear implant candidacy criteria have evolved dramatically since they were first introduced about 25 years ago.

This presentation will provide an introduction to MED-EL’s cochlear implants, including candidacy criteria and realistic expectations for outcomes.

A flyer for this session, registration form, and bio of Jodi Ostroff is available here: MED-EL CI Systems Seminar May 23 2018

NOTE:  This event will have real time captioning available.

Participants:  Anyone interested in MED-EL’s cochlear implants, and what they can do for a cochlear implant candidate.

Session: May 23, 2018, 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Where: Farm Centre, 420 University Av, Charlottetown, PE C1A 2Y9

Fee: $10 per person, payable to CHHA PEI

2. “What’s In Your MED-EL Box?”

Many tools and accessories were provided in your cochlear implant patient kit from MED-EL. Have you ever wondered how to use any of them? All of them!?! We will go through all of the various parts and pieces of the patient kit, including cleaning tools, battery covers, microphone covers, cables, coils, connectivity options, and more!

Bring any or all parts of your kit to the session and MED-EL will answer your questions. 

A flyer for this session, registration form, and bio of Jodi Ostroff is available here: Whats In Your MED-EL Tool Box Seminar May 23 2018

NOTE:  This event will have real time captioning available.

Participants:  Any who currently has a MED-EL cochlear implant or those who may be getting a MED-EL cochlear implant in the near future.  NOTE: If you have a cochlear implant from another supplier, this session would not be appropriate for you as the tools and accessories would be different.

Session: May 23, 2018, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Fee: $10 per person, payable to CHHA PEI

Where: Farm Centre, 420 University Av, Charlottetown, PE C1A 2Y9

Don’t forget to bring your tool kit!

3. MED-EL Hearing Implant Systems and Candidacy Criteria

There have been significant advances in the field of implantable hearing technologies in recent years. Currently, several options are available for individuals with varying types and degrees of hearing loss who cannot wear hearing aids or who appreciate little or no benefit from traditional amplification. Moreover, cochlear implant candidacy criteria have evolved dramatically since they were first introduced about 25 years ago.

This presentation will provide an introduction to each of MED-EL’s implantable hearing technologies which include a middle ear implant, a bone conduction implant, a cochlear implant, and a hybrid (electric-acoustic) cochlear implant/hearing aid system. Candidacy criteria for each of these devices will be described.

A flyer for this session, registration form, and bio of Jodi Ostroff is available here: MED-EL Audiologists Seminar on Hearing Implant Systems May 23 2018

Participants:  Aimed at audiologists, this session may also be of interest to medical personnel and speech therapists.

Session: May 23, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Where: Farm Centre, 420 University Av, Charlottetown, PE C1A 2Y9

Fee: $10 per person, payable to CHHA PEI

Do you have a story or tip about hearing loss issues that are important to you? Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at hearpei@gmail.com.

© Daria Valkenburg


UPCOMING EVENTS

Next Chapter meeting: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 9:30 am at North Tryon Presbyterian Church.

Upcoming Seminar:  “THERE IS HOPE: Understanding and Managing Your Tinnitus”, with audiologist Dr. Heidi Eaton, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Seniors Active Living Centre in Charlottetown.  Watch for more details and registration information.

Upcoming Seminar: “So You’re On The Road To A Cochlear Implant” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D. Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics,, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown. Watch for more details and registration information.

Upcoming Seminar: “What’s In Your Box?” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D., Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown. Open to those with MED-EL Cochlear Implants. Watch for more details and registration information.

Upcoming Seminar: “New Technology and Cochlear Implant Candidacy” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D., Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics,, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown. Open to Audiologists. Watch for more details and registration information.

Upcoming Ceilidh Fundraiser you won’t want to miss: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Bonshaw Hall.  Half of the proceeds to benefit our Chapter!

 

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