Dr. Rihab Alkhalil is a pediatric audiology consultant and currently pediatric audiology chief and clinical supervisor of the cochlear implant program in a large tertiary specialized hospital and a clinical assistant professor. She obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees from University of Pittsburgh in 2015. Her interest is focused on the diagnosis of infants and children’s hearing and cochlear implant/other implantable devices for pediatrics and adults. She holds Clinical Competence (CCC-A)- ASHA, Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC) -American Board of Audiology and fellowship in Leadership Education of Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities. She is a Board member of the Saudi Society of Speech/ Language Pathology and Audiology and a program director of the Saudi Higher Diploma in clinical Audiology.
An infant implanted today may need 100 years of CI support to enable them to communicate throughout their lives, wherever they find themselves. CI's are a huge benefit for individuals and over time save society money. But only if we ensure the right lifelong and sustainable services are in place for families and users. An audiologist, CI user, educator and public policy expert will explore the very real challenges that this entails for individuals, families, CI services and society. Whose responsibility is this and how do we deliver what is needed for the future? Come and join us for this lively session.