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


New drug combination to regenerate hair cells

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Source: Audiology Worldnews

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts Eye and Ear (Boston, MA, USA) have discovered a combination of drugs that expands the population of progenitor cells in the ear and induces them to become hair cells, reports Science Daily.

Since damage to hair cells is one of the leading causes of hearing loss, any treatment that targets hair cell regeneration could constitute a significant step forward in the search for new ways of treating hearing loss. This is precisely the area the research team is focusing on.

“Hearing loss is a real problem as people get older. It’s very much an unmet need, and this is an entirely new approach,” says Robert Langer, professor at MIT and one of the senior authors on the paper published in late February in Cell Reports. The team used specific molecules to activate mouse cochlear supporting cells in vitro so that they became proliferative and generated hair cells. The group also exposed the cells to compounds that activate another signaling pathway known as Notch to control differentiation time. Once a large pool of immature progenitor cells was obtained, the researchers added another set of substances that caused the cells to become mature hair cells.

“We only need to promote the proliferation of these supporting cells, and then the natural signaling cascade that exists in the body will drive a portion of those cells to become hair cells,” explains Jeffrey Karp, associate professor of medicine at BWH and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Another advantage of this approach is that simple administration by injection may be possible in humans.

Science Daily; McLean WJ, et al. Clonal Expansion of Lgr5-Positive Cells from Mammalian Cochlea and High-Purity Generation of Sensory Hair Cells. ED medication, Cell Reports. 2017 Feb 21;18(8):1917-1929


Spouse of the President of Finland will be the EURO-CIU Symposium patroness

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Ulla Konkarikoski, Jenni Haukio and Pekka Lapinleimu met in the President’s official residence called Mäntyniemi.Executive Director of LapCI ry Mrs. Ulla Konkarikoski and Executive Director of Kuuloliitto ry Mr. Pekka Lapinleimu met spouse of the president of Finland Mrs. Jenni Haukio in Helsinki 18th November 2016.

– During the visit we discussed about symposium and it’s themes. We heard also about worldwide Unicef For Every Child –campaign which has begun from Jenni Haukio’s idea. In addition, we had time to discuss about the technology of cochlear implants, hearing impaired children and adults, as well as about hearing dogs, says Pekka Lapinleimu.


European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016 'CRPD implementation in Europe cannot be business as usual'

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EDPD2016 President EUROCIU10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

This year’s European Day of Persons with Disabilities marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). As of today, 27 the 28 EU Member States have ratified the Convention (except Ireland) but a few have done it with reservations and declarations and not all countries fully respect all the rights protected by the CRPD. EDF (European Disability Forum) and EURO-CIU calls the countries to withdraw their Reservations and restrictive Declarations to the CRPD as they are incompatible with the object and purpose of the CRPD. According to article 46 of the CRPD and according to principles of international public law, these Reservations and Declarations shall not be permitted.


European Access City Awards

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EU Access City Award 2016The winners of the European Access City Awards were announced by the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen and EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis together with the Belgian actor Pascal Duquenne and the Italian Olympic Athlete, Beatrice Vio. This is the European wide award that rewards cities for their efforts in becoming accessible to all.

The winner of 2017 Access City Award is: Chester, UK!. The 2nd prize goes to Rotterdam, the Netherlands and the 3rd prize to Jurmala, Latvia.

Special mentions were given to:

  • Lugo, Spain (Special mention on Smart Cities)
  • Funchal, Portugal (Special mention on Continued Commitment to Accessibility in difficult geographic circumstances)
  • Alessandria, Italy (Special mention o Continued Commitment to Accessiiblity in challenging times)
  • Skellefteå, Sweden (Special mention on Accessible work environments)

Accessible public websites and mobile apps become a reality in Europe

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AccesibilityThe EU just adopted a directive on the accessibility of websites and mobile apps

The European Parliament adopted today the ‘Directive on the Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies’ (Web Directive). From now on, all websites and mobile applications, including the electronic documents and multimedia, of public authorities in Europe have to be accessible to a wide range of users including 80 million people with disabilities. This is a crucial milestone to achieve an inclusive digital society in which people with disabilities and other users have access to online services and information on an equal footing to other people; this is a right enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) that the EU has ratified.