In July 2017, the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, Stanford University, and the University of California at San Francisco presented the 15th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children in San Francisco, California. The meeting brought together over 1,300 participants with diverse multidisciplinary backgrounds in the largest meeting of its kind to date.
American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACI Alliance) is a unique non-profit organization that promotes access to cochlear implants through research, advocacy, and awareness. It promotes sharing of clinical research at an annual meeting. Additional resources from the San Francisco symposium and other conferences may be found on the organization's website www.acialliance.org.
The year 2017 marked the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first surgically-implanted electronic auditory prosthesis by Djourno and Eyries. This milestone provided us with the opportunity to reflect on the progress made and the challenges remaining as cochlear implantation enters its 7th decade. It was a particular honor for the home institutions of UC San Francisco and Stanford to co-host this event and to recognize the contributions of each institution during the field's early critical phase.
For this special issue of Otology and Neurotology, we have selected highlights from the more than 100 outstanding podium presentations delivered. These manuscripts represent state-of-the-art research in the fields of optimized cochlear implant education, surgical technique, hearing preservation, audiometric assessment, and music perception.
We would like to thank the publishers of Otology and Neurotology, Wolters Kluwer, and its editor-in-chief, Lawrence Lustig, M.D. for the opportunity to present these proceedings. We would also like to acknowledge the Board of Directors of the ACI Alliance, and the Organizing Committees from Stanford and UC San Francisco for their leadership efforts. Finally, we would like to thank all of the presenters, co-authors, our corporate partners, and the scientific program committee who made the meeting such a success.
Funding for the development of these proceedings was made possible (in part) by R13DC016225 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institute of Health. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the US Government.