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


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.


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:


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 :

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!


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)

Living with a Cochlear Implant: EURO-CIU Symposium in Helsinki 20th-21st April 2017

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11th EURO-CIU Symposium and General Assembly in Finland, April 2017EURO-CIU Symposium brings together over 200 Cochlear Implant (CI) users and professionals around Finland and Europe. Spouse of the President of Finland, Mrs Jenni Haukio, will act as patroness and the opening ceremony in the Thursday morning will be opened by Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pirkko Mattila.

The programme consists of expert lectures and workshops. International lecturers arrive from around Europe and Australia. All together over 40 presentations in three different rooms. See the programme here:

Arrival info here:

Please note: Parking by The Light House is free, however parking places are limited. We recommend public transportation. There may be some parking lots on the streets nearby.

When you arrive to The Light House, please register at the information desk. You will receive your name tag with the lunch tickets (in the plastic badge) for those days you have registered. Due to limited amount of seats and to ease the dining room rush, we wish to make two waves at the lunch hour and ask you kindly to move back down to the lobby, when you have finished eating. Coffees are served down at the lobby.

Our happening will be interpreted (simultaneous interpretation only in auditorium, text interpretation in every room). If you ask any questions, use the microphone, please.

Registration opens both days at 8:00. The programme begins on Thursday at 9:30 and on Friday at 9:00.

More info here:

Warmly welcome to Helsinki! The office of LapCI ry will be closed due to Easter from 14th until 17th April 2017.

Ulla Konkarikoski

Executive Director, LapCI ry