Introduction to the 14th International Symposium on Cochlear Implants and other Implantable Auditory Technologies, Toronto, Canada, May 11 to 14, 2016

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We are extremely proud of the success of the 14th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and other Implantable Auditory Technologies in Toronto (May 12–14, 2016). In collaboration with the American Cochlear Implant Alliance (http://www.acialliance.org/), the conference convened for the first time in Canada—64 countries were represented by 1,646 registrants that included physicians, audiologists, speech pathologists, scientists, educators, learners, industry participants, and others. The scientific program addressed all of the current issues related to this field of endeavor. Importantly, the overarching themes of auditory plasticity, rehabilitation, and aging were prominently highlighted by the five keynote speakers: Michael Dorman, Charles Limb, Steve Lomber, Sandra Black, and Warren Estabrooks. A vast array of podium and poster presentations, punctuated by panels, and a basic science symposium in regenerative biology appealed to a diverse audience. The responses were overwhelmingly positive.
In addition, we elected to recognize four surgeons for their outstanding achievements and commitment to this field of endeavor. All were individually honored and presented with citations acknowledging their lifelong commitment to the advancement of this technology. Drs. William Gibson of Sydney, Australia, Thomas Lenarz of Hanover, Germany, Thomas Balkany of Miami, USA, and Henyrk Skarzynski of Warsaw, Poland were the recipients.
For this issue of Otology and Neurotology, we identified a number of presentations that reflected the themes and the high caliber of the scientific program. We do think that this selection will provide the reader with insights from acknowledged world leading investigators.
Clearly, a meeting of this magnitude was not possible without the help of a small army of volunteers. The reviewers of abstracts, keynote speakers, panel moderators, and participants as well as podium and poster presenters were integral to our success. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Otology and Neurotology, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief Larry Lustig, and Publisher Ginny Pittman for this opportunity. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance in organizing this to date largest cochlear implant meeting held in North America.

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