EURO-CIU is a non-governmental and non-profit association, which was founded in Luxembourg in 1995, consists of 31 member associations from 23 European countries representing almost 150.000 cochlear implant users across Europe.

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device that provides access to sound for severely/profoundly deaf adults and children by stimulating the auditory nerve.

EURO-CIU Workshop & AGA Barcelona 2018

Workshop EUROCIU Barcelona 2018

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Accessibility Act: European Parliament pass the draft “European Accessibility Act” with several improvements

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Vote Accessibility ActThe draft “European Accessibility Act” (EAA) sets out requirements to make a number of products and services more accessible. The list includes: ticketing and check-in machines, ATMs, PCs and operating systems, phones and TV equipment, consumer banking services, e-books, e-commerce, transport, including public urban transport such as underground, rail, tramway, trolleybus and bus, and the related services, such as payment terminals, e-book readers, websites and mobile device-based services offered by audio visual media and tourism services.

The EAA, as the Parliament has said “is a directive that includes persons with disabilities as well as persons with temporary or permanent functional limitations”, such as elderly persons, pregnant women and persons travelling with luggage, “in order to ensure genuine benefits and an independent life for a wider portion of society”.

The EAA will outline what needs to be accessible, but will not impose detailed technical solutions as to how to make it accessible, thus allowing for innovation.

The voting was this past Thursday 14th September and we are happywith the decisions adopted. A strong Accessibility Act was crucial to make a real difference in the lives of all people in Europe, including 80 million persons with disabilities and 150 million older people.

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Activity report on World Hearing Day 2017, 3 March

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World Hearing DayOn World Hearing Day 2017, 3 March, WHO drew attention to the economic impact of unaddressed hearing loss through the theme “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment”. This week, WHO has released an activities report about it, where you can find EURO-CIU named as one of the collaborators, on page 23. 

A brief activity report on the Day can be downloaded: pdf button Download Activity Report

The theme for World Hearing Day 2018 is ‘Hear the Future’ which will discuss the projected rise in the prevalence of hearing loss in the coming years. 

WHO estimates that lack of attention towards hearing loss poses an overall annual cost of 750 billion international dollars globally and has a significant impact on the lives of those affected. Prevention, screening for early identification, rehabilitation through hearing devices and captioning are among the cost-effective strategies which can mitigate hearing loss and its consequences. 

The report mentions activities all around the globe. EURO-CIU will continue supporting WHO working towards the same goal and hopefully helping raise awareness about hearing loss.

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New EDF Board and Executive - May 2017

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This weekend, EDF members from all over Europe have gathered together in Madrid, Spain, for EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA). On the first day of the meeting, the elections of EDF Board of Directors took place. Here are the names of the EDF Board members:

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3rd edition of the beats of cochlea: !register before the 8th of may!

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2017 Beats of Cochlea ConcertFrom 10th to14th july will take place the 3rd Edition of the Beats of Cochlea, in Warsaw (Poland) the International Music Festival for Children, Adolescents and Adults with Hearing Loss, where the participants are users of hearing implants. EURO-CIU, once again, is an associated organization.

From the EURO-CIU we want to encourage all cochlear implant users, adults and children, who have music as passion and play any Instrument or sing, to send a video acting and to register before the 8th of may on the festival website : http://festiwal.ifps.org.pl/en/

All the selected candidates will have the opportunity to participate at the master workshop taught by professional musicians who will share their experience with participants. The workshops will end with a solemn gala concert during which participants will present to the public the musical pieces played at the master workshops.

¡Come on and participate! Don’t miss the opportunity to share your passion for music with implant users of all ages and cultures!

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European Association of Cochlear Implant Users Comitte

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bureau eurociu 2017

The elections took place within the Annual General Meeting EURO-CIU held on Saturday April 22, 2017 in Helsinki (Finland). The new Committee is comprised of: (Pictured from left to right)

  • Brian Archbold (UK) Adviser Newsletter.
  • Ervin Bonecz (Hungary) 2nd Vice President.
  • Beatrice Cusmai (Italy) Secretary.
  • Sari Hirvonen-Skarbö (Finland) 1st Vice President.
  • Mª Teresa Amat (Spain) President.
  • Leo de Raeve (Belgium) Adviser Scientific.
  • Fernando Giménez (Spain) Adviser Website.
  • Henri-François Baiverlin (Belgium) Treasurer.  (Absent in the photo)