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EUROCIU position paper

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Gilles Cognat, EUROCIU PresidentA position paper on cochlear implantation was examined April 6, 2013 in Istanbul in margin of the Annual General Assembly of EURO-CIU.

Proposed by the board of the association, the following document was approved by the members after constructive consultations.

After all, it seems legitimate that the European Association of Cochlear Implant Users should take a clear position in this field.

In the more or less near future, EURO-CIU could modify all or part of this document depending on the evolution of indications or technology.

As Chairman of EURO-CIU, I fully welcome the fruitful discussions that preceded the adoption of our common position.

EURO-CIU President (April 2007 to April 2015)


  • EURO-CIU represents in 2013 the interests of more than 90,000 persons in Europe.
  • EURO-CIU represents national associations of cochlear implant users at European level.
  • EURO-CIU is full member of the Disability Forum (EDF-FEPH) since 1999.
  • EURO-CIU is member of the European Platform of Deafness, Hard of Hearing and Deafblindness.


  • EURO-CIU stresses that the benefit of one cochlear implant is in no doubt.
  • EURO-CIU stresses that for the children the decision to have a cochlear implant is a parental choice under a medical recommendation. The interests of the child should be the main consideration.
  • EURO-CIU stresses that a bi-lateral implantation, in particular for children, must become now a standard clinical practice for patients who fulfil the relevant criteria. Numerous studies have shown significant benefits of both simultaneous and sequential bilateral implantation for adults and children.
  • EURO-CIU stresses that all methods of communication are compatible with cochlear implants – cued speech, sign language and lip-reading.
  • EURO-CIU stresses that it remains the key role of the parents to offer their children an appropriate way to communicate and this may include providing both visual and auditory information. Establishing communication with the child is likely to have the biggest positive impact on their emotional and cognitive development.