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HLAA 2022 Research Symposium

Cochlear Implants: What’s new? What’s next? 

The first cochlear implants (CIs) were introduced in the 1970s, but the technology remains relatively poorly understood and underused in the hearing loss community. The HLAA 2022 Research Symposium addressed the knowledge gap around CIs, explored who is a potential candidate for implantation, what’s involved in treatment, and how CI technology has changed and will change further in the future. A mix of clinical information and science, this session is a “must see” for anyone with hearing loss.

Our Presenters

Christine Dinh
Christine Dinh, M.D.

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Miami

Christine Dinh, M.D., is an associate professor of otolaryngology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She specializes in otology, neurotology and lateral skull base surgery, treating patients with disorders of hearing and balance. She is also a surgeon scientist who runs a research laboratory that focuses on developing new therapies to improve hearing outcomes following cochlear implantation and treat patients with a condition called vestibular schwannomas. Dr. Dinh is passionate about finding novel and effective solutions that will improve hearing loss in patients.

Justin Golub
Justin Golub, M.D.

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Columbia University 

Justin S. Golub, M.D., M.S. is an associate professor of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He attended Emory University School of Medicine, residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle and fellowship in neurotology at the University of Cincinnati. He obtained a masters in biostatistics/patient-oriented research at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Golub has an NIH-funded research program investigating the brain effects of age-related hearing loss. He has lectured internationally, and his research has been reported in The New York Times. He is also a leading pioneer in minimally invasive endoscopic ear surgery. Clinically he is interested in optimizing treatment of age-related hearing loss and improving outcomes using endoscopic ear surgery.

Candace Hobson
Candace Hobson, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University

Candace Hobson, M.D., is an assistant professor in the department of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Emory University. A native-Texan, Dr. Hobson completed her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She subsequently earned her medical degree from the University of Texas School of Medicine, San Antonio. Dr. Hobson completed her otolaryngology residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and her neurotology fellowship at the University of California-San Diego. She returned to serve as faculty in the University of Pittsburgh the Department of Otolaryngology for two years before joining the Emory faculty in 2019.

Diane Martinez
Diane Martinez, Au.D.

Cochlear Implant Audiologist, University of South Florida

Diane Martinez, Au.D., is a cochlear implant (CI) audiologist and current student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Ph.D. program at the University of South Florida. Prior to starting at USF in the fall of 2021, she worked as a CI audiologist at the University of Miami’s department of otolaryngology Cochlear Implant Program. During her 15 years there, she provided cochlear implant programming and evaluation services for adults and children. She also provided clinical education to audiology interns, externs and domestic and international visiting professionals. Specialized training and education include: cochlear implant programming with the use of objective measurements, cochlear implant evaluations and how to treat the adult Spanish-speaking cochlear implant candidate/recipient.

The 2022 Research Symposium is supported, in part, by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health (Award Number R13DC017913).