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About the Conference

MAC’s annual audiology conference provides an opportunity for audiologists and practice administrators to network and learn about a variety of industry topics and trends. We offer a selection of courses and workshops designed to provide information that will be useful in positioning your practice as an expert in the community. CEU credits are available for all of the classes.

Conference Fees

Member TypeSingle DayFull Conference
Member$175$275
Non-Member$225$375
Student / Affiliated Professional$150$150

* Late registration starts on October 14, 2021 and incurs additional fees

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Schedule

This program is offered for a maximum of 1.3 CEUs (various levels, various fields).

Michigan Audiology Coalition is pending approval by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is pending approval of 1.3 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy’s Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

Day 1 : Thursday October 21, 2021

Time Location Presenter(s) Title
9:00 AM -10:30 AM Ballroom Sam Atcherson, PhD
Updates in Electrophysiology
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Ballroom Nichole Kingham, AuD
Get Personal and Build Trust with Patients by Telling Your Story

Get Personal and Build Trust with Patients By Telling Your Story

In this course, participants learn why it is so important for us to change our way of thinking and consider a new way of consulting with and motivating our patients to improve their lives through better hearing. Changing our way of thinking starts with how we view ourselves and the partnership we establish with our patients. So, we’ll discuss the role of the hearing healthcare provider in the counseling process. Then, we’ll discuss how patient counseling is really about trust building and how trust building is the best way to marry our business goals with the expectations our patients have for us. We’ll discuss how this approach can help us reach our goals while offering a better quality of life to our patients and ultimately a better quality of life for ourselves. Intermediate

Nichole Kingham, AuD
Audiology Academy

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify old methods of counseling patients and why they might not work with today’s educated, tech-savvy patient.
  • Identify a new alternative to the outdated counseling approaches, bringing a re-energized approach to the conversation between hearing care providers and their patients.
  • Create a Story Map to build their own story to use during patient counseling.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial Relationship: Intellectual Property Rights and Ownership for Audiology Academy

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10:45 AM -12:15 PM Ballroom Amyn M. Amlani, PhD
The Valuation of the Audiologist in an Evolving Healthcare Landscape

The Valuation of the Audiologist in an Evolving Healthcare Landscape

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

The profession of audiology plays an integral role in the healthcare space. That role—and our professional value and perception—is being threatened by external and internal factors as the market matures and evolves. In this session, we discuss the current healthcare landscape, audiology’s role within that landscape, and then take a critical look at factors that are opportunities and barriers to the profession and its future valuation.

Amyn M. Amlani, PhD
Otolithic, LLC

Learner Outcomes

  • Define life expectancy, better health, and how individuals value health care.
  • Explain factors that influence the demand and supply for health care and health care seeking behavior.
  • Summarize the different types of health utility measurements, and audiology's impact within the healthcare landscape.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial Relationship: Receives Consulting Fee for Consulting from Cognivue
  • Financial Relationship: Receives Salary for Consulting from Hearing Tracker
  • Financial Relationship: Receives Salary for Ownership from Ivybrook Academy
  • Non-financial Relationship Professional/Volunteer Membership on advisory committee or review panels, board membership: Conference Chair, Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Non-financial Relationship Professional/Volunteer Membership on advisory committee or review panels, board membership: Board Member, American Board of Audiology

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10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Ballroom Bob DeVries
Audiology Advocacy

Audiology Advocacy

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Beginner , )

This presentation will review current advocacy and legislative issues related to audiology at the national and local level, including how the American Academy of Audiology committees represent the general membership. The role of the different advocacy committees will be discussed including how legislation is passed. Legislative priorities, including the status of current bills, will be reviewed. At the local level, an overview of current priorities related to audiology will be presented including the Interstate Licensure Compact, LEAD-K, and CMV. Finally, we will discuss how you can get involved at the local or national level to assist in getting your voice heard in the ever changing environment of hearing healthcare.

Casey Stach, AuD
University of Michigan Health
Emily Nairn, AuD
University of Michigan Health
Bob DeVries
Governmental Consultant Services, Inc

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify the steps to the legislative process at a national and local level.
  • Describe the current hearing health bills at the national levels.
  • Describe the current hearing health bills at the local level.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Stach: Financial Relationship receives Salary for Employment from University of Michigan Health
  • Stach: Non-financial Relationship Professional/Volunteer Membership on advisory committee or review panels, board membership - Michigan Audiology Coalition Legislative Committee
  • Nairn: Financial Relationship receives Salary for Employment from University of Michigan Health
  • DeVries: Financial Relationship receives Salary for Employment from GCSI

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12:30 PM -1:30 PM Ballroom Student Forum
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM Ballroom Wanda McEntyre
Tinnitus
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM Ballroom Debbie Abel , AuD
Coding and Reimbursement: Practice Considerations for the Present and the Future

Coding and Reimbursement: Practice Considerations for the Present and the Future

Audiologists are at a crossroads with changes in our landscape. These are opportunities. This session will offer suggestions on the 2021 CPT codes, Medicare payment methodologies for the future, itemizing services, and exploring niche areas of audiology for service provision.

Debbie Abel , AuD
Audigy

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify options for the provision of services
  • Identify the coding options to provide those services
  • Itemize for services

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial Relationship: Receives Salary for Employment from Audigy

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4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Ballroom Jamie McClintic , OTD, OTR/L
Keynote Address - Deafness to Darkness to Dynamite

Deafness to Darkness to Dynamite

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Beginner , )

Dr. Jamie McClintic is a successful, ambitious, gracious, and inspirational hard of hearing community member. She has risen to the unexpected challenges of life as an individual with a disability and has persevered. She has learned that there is simply, no other option, but to prevail. Nothing is worth losing to a disability; in fact, disability, if planted right, can become the seed that grows into potential.

Who plants the seed? And more importantly, who nurtures and waters it?

Jamie’s parents have deeply planted her seed, but who nurtures and waters it? Audiologists provide the critical elements to every deaf and hard of hearing individual. Individuals such as Jamie cannot bloom without your valuable expertise. Laugh and cry with Jamie as she shares how her audiological experiences have provided her with difficult rainstorms to weather, along with colorful rainbows of encouragement, and ultimately the sunshine that fosters her success.”

Jamie McClintic , OTD, OTR/L

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify critical elements of care sought by Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.
  • Describe attributes of care valued by Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.
  • Describe the patient experience related to audiology practice from a hard of hearing individual.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial Relationship: Receives Salary for Employment from Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District

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Day 2 : Friday October 22, 2021

Time Location Presenter(s) Title
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM Ballroom Kristy Winters, AuD
Good Vibrations! Updates and Applications of Bone Conduction Hearing Systems for Children

Good Vibrations! Updates and Applications of Bone Conduction Hearing Systems for Children

0.10 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Beginner, )

What once felt like an “oddball” hearing solution, has now become a reliable treatment option for a variety of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children given the recent advances in bone conduction hearing technologies. This presentation will describe how bone conduction hearing systems work and which Deaf/Hard of Hearing children they might benefit. Time will be spent comparing and contrasting the current models, identifying the benefits and limitations of each product, along with wearing options available. By the end of this presentation you should have a better understanding of today’s bone conduction hearing systems, how they can be used to help some of our Deaf/Hard of Hearing children, and what some of the benefits/limitations of today’s bone conduction solutions may be.

Kristy Winters, AuD
University of Michigan Health

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify a candidate for a bone conduction hearing system
  • Measure the benefits/limitations of today’s bone conduction hearing systems
  • Explain how a bone conduction hearing device works

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Receives Salary for Employment from University of Michigan Health

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8:45 AM - 9:45 AM Ballroom Nichole Kingham, AuD
Audiology Assistants - The Key to Efficiency in the Audiology Practice

Audiology Assistants - The Key to Efficiency in the Audiology Practice

0.10 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

In a busy practice, Audiologists must rethink how to manage their time and resources to remain productive and viable without sacrificing service and patient care. The Audiology Assistant is an underutilized tool for improving efficiency and improving patient care simultaneously. Having the proper tools is key. This course will illustrate how a busy practice can successfully train and incorporate audiology assistants and will give examples of how productivity and patient care can be improved.

Nichole Kingham, AuD
Audiology Academy

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe the ideal candidate for an Audiology Assistant position.
  • Identify what tasks and services are appropriate for an Audiology Assistant to provide.
  • Determine an appropriate training regimen for an Audiology Assistant.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial Relationship: Intellectual Property Rights and Ownership for Audiology Academy

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10:00 AM-11:00 AM Ballroom Megan Pesch, MD
Congenital Cytomegalovirus. Past, Present, and Future.

Congenital Cytomegalovirus. Past, Present, and Future.

cCMV has long been known to be the leading cause of non-syndromic permanent hearing loss in children. Despite this, it continues to be a largely misunderstood condition within the larger medical community. This presentation will seek to improve understanding of current practice in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cCMV in the neonatal population, as well as guidelines and considerations for audiologic management.

Katie Kuboushek, AuD
University of Michigan Health
Patricia Purcell, MD, MPH
University of Michigan Health
Megan Pesch, MD
University of Michigan Health

Learner Outcomes

  • List 3 common clinical features of asymptomatic cCMV
  • Describe current treatments and interventions available to children with cCMV
  • Describe the challenges children with cCMV can experience in the academic setting

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Kuboushek: Receives Salary for Employment from University of Michigan Health
  • Kuboushek: Non-financial Relationship Professional/Volunteer Membership on advisory committee or review panels, board membership - Michigan EHDI Advisory Board
  • Pesch: Receives Salary for Employment from University of Michigan Health
  • Pesch: Non-financial Relationship Professional/Volunteer Membership on advisory committee or review panels, board membership - President, National CMV Foundation
  • Purcell: Receives Salary for Employment from University of Michigan Health
  • Purcell: Non-financial Relationship Professional/Volunteer Membership on advisory committee or review panels, board membership - Associate Board Member, National CMV Foundation

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ballroom Robert M. Traynor, EdD, MBA,FNAP
Forensic Audiology

Forensic Audiology

Audiology’s role in the process of working with attorneys to arrive at a just settlement for their clients for injuries involving hearing, tinnitus, vestibular, audiology malpractice, noise exposure, Americans with Disabilities Act issues and other legal issues. The discussion will include the basics of working within the criminal and civil legal system as an expert witness on defense and plaintiff sides of questions in both criminal and civil cases. To perform as an expert witness, audiologists must have a basic understanding of attorney’s expectations of experts, including clear communication, coachability, confidence, and candor. All experts should have knowledge of Daubert or rule 102 that governs expert testimony and the stages of legal cases to facilitate their understanding of how civil cases progress through the legal process. The fundamental components of civil legal cases will include the Complaint, Answering the Complaint, Discovery, Motions, Depositions, Settlement/Mediation, Trial, and Appeal. Since 97% of the cases are settled by the parties rather than going to the expense of trials, report writing becomes an important part of expert witness or consultant duties. A general format for these reports is also included the discussion. Interesting legal cases will also be presented.

Robert M. Traynor, EdD, MBA,FNAP
Robert Traynor Audiology, LLC

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe the role of an expert witness in legal cases.
  • Describe the stages of civil legal cases.
  • List the characteristics of an expert witness.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Receives Royalty for Independent Contractor (including research) from Plural Publishing

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11:00AM -12:30 PM Ballroom Audiology Forum

Audiology Lunch Forum

0.10 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

This session will provide important updates related to the profession of audiology in the state of Michigan. Updates from state programs as well as updated licensure requirements will be reviewed.

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe current state legislative initiatives
  • List current EHDI initiatives and state's progress towards 1-3-6 goals
  • Identify elements required for audiology licensure

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12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Ballroom Patricia Purcell, MD, MPH
When Children Get Dizzy: Pediatric Vestibular Testing

When Children Get Dizzy: Pediatric Vestibular Testing

There are many causes of childhood dizziness which differ from adult dizziness. In this session, the medical and audiological perspectives on pediatric vestibular dysfunction will be discussed. We will list key risk factors and signs of pediatric vestibular dysfunction for identifying children in your own practice, describe accommodations and modifications for pediatric vestibular testing, and review the presentation of the most frequent etiologies of pediatric vestibular dysfunction. Concepts will be reinforced through case studies and real-world examples.

Megan Cherry, AuD
University of Michigan Health
Patricia Purcell, MD, MPH
University of Michigan Health

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe accommodations and modifications for pediatric vestibular testing.
  • Understand the presentation of most frequent etiologies of vertigo in children.
  • List key risk factors for and signs of pediatric vestibular dysfunction

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Cherry: Financial Relationship: Receives Salary for Employment from University of Michigan Health
  • Cherry: Non-financial Relationship Professional/Volunteer Membership on advisory committee or review panels, board membership - President, Michigan Audiology Coalition
  • Purcell: Financial Relationship: Receives Salary for Employment from University of Michigan Health
  • Purcell: Non-financial Relationship Professional/Volunteer Membership on advisory committee or review panels, board membership - Associate Board Member, National CMV Foundation

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12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Ballroom Richard Tyler , BSc, MSc, PhD
Hyperacusis Assessment and Treatment

Hyperacusis Assessment and Treatment

Hyperacusis can affect thoughts and emotions, hearing, sleep and concentration. Common sounds such dishes, barking, and doors shutting can be too loud, annoying and even evoke pain. Common causes include noise exposure and medications. Loudness Discomfort Levels can be measured using Magnitude Estimation with a 70 or 80% ceiling. This presentation will review the common causes and symptoms of hyperacusis. A review of questionnaires helpful in assessment and treatment of hyperacusis will be completed. Remediation options for hyperacusis will be reviewed including the Hyperacusis Activities Treatment Program which incorporates picture-based counseling and sound therapy which incorporates the individual’s most bothersome sounds.

Richard Tyler , BSc, MSc, PhD
University of Iowa

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify the variety of sounds that can evoke experiences of extreme loudness, avoidance, fear and pain
  • Develop a rehabilitation plan using hearing aids, sound therapy, and hearing protection to address a variety of hyperacusis patients
  • Describe the elements of the Hyperacusis Activities Treatment with patients.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Receives Salary for Employment from University of Iowa

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2:15 PM - 4:15 PM Ballroom Gail M. Whitelaw , PhD
Assessment and Management of Tinnitus and Sound Tolerance Issues in Children and Teens

Assessment and Management of Tinnitus and Sound Tolerance Issues in Children and Teens

0.20 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

It is estimated that the prevalence of tinnitus in the pediatric population is similar to that in adults, however it is difficult to estimate because audiologists generally do not ask about this issue. Additionally, up to 50% of children with hearing loss experience tinnitus. This presentation will focus on assessing and managing tinnitus and related issues, such as sound tolerance disorders, in children and teens. The presence of tinnitus in a child’s life can contribute to listening and learning issues that may impact academic performance and social interactions. Additionally, children and teens with distress from tinnitus may experience anxiety and depression. The role of the audiologist in working with pediatric tinnitus patients will be discussed. Tools and protocols will be described. Management and treatment options will be presented. Co-existing issues will be explored. Pediatric cases will be offered to support information in the presentation.

Gail M. Whitelaw , PhD
The Ohio State University

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe the importance of addressing tinnitus in a pediatric population
  • List assessment tools and options in children
  • Discuss management and treatment options for children and teens

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial Relationship: Receives Salary for Employment from The Ohio State University
  • Non-financial Relationship Professional/Volunteer Membership on advisory committee or review panels, board membership - American Tinnitus Association
  • Non-financial Relationship Professional/Volunteer Membership on advisory committee or review panels, board membership - Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE)

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2:15 PM - 4:15 PM Ballroom Renee Banakis Hartl, MD, AuD
Radiology for Audiology and the Use of Acoustic Reflexes in Neurotology

Radiology for Audiology and the Use of Acoustic Reflexes in Neurotology

0.20 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

This two-part talk will begin with a review of the basics of radiology that is relevant to audiometric diagnoses. We will discuss plain film xray, computerized axial tomography (CAT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Attendees will learn the basics of each modality, as well as their relevant utility and complementary nature. The second half will discuss the current practice use of acoustic reflex testing (ART), with a view toward utility in differential diagnosis and how ART can be used as an adjuvant to basic puretone audiometry and imaging for the diagnosis of common conductive pathology. Attendees will have the opportunity to critically examine the distinct views that audiology and otology bring to the interpretation and utility of this audiometric work-up.

Renee Banakis Hartl, MD, AuD
University of Michigan Health

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe the significance of gray vs black vs white image colors on MRI and CT scans.
  • Describe at least two imaging characteristics that can be used to identify a vestibular schwannoma.
  • Explain why CT imaging alone cannot be used to definitively diagnose a cholesteatoma.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial Relationship: Receives Salary for Employment from University of Michigan Health

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Speaker Bios

Amyn M. Amlani, PhD
President
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Amyn M. Amlani, PhD
President

Speaker's Bio

Amyn M. Amlani, PhD, is President of Otolithic, LLC, a consulting firm that provides competitive market analysis and support strategy, economic and financial assessments, segment targeting strategies and tactics, professional development, and consumer insights. Dr. Amlani has been in hearing care for 25+ years, with extensive professional experience in the independent and medical audiology practice channels, as an academic and scholar, and in industry. Dr. Amlani also serves as section editor of Economics for Hearing Health Technology Matters (HHTM), as well as HHTM’s Director of Professional Development & Education

Affiliations

  • Otolithic, LLC
Bob DeVries
Lobbyist
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Bob DeVries
Lobbyist

Speaker's Bio

Before joining GCSI, Bob served for 10 years as Chief of Staff to Senator Arlan Meekhof, the Michigan Senate Majority Leader. During his time in the legislature, he managed many difficult legislative issues and became one of Lansing’s leading experts on the legislative process. Bob has his bachelor’s degree in political science from Grand Valley State University and his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Affiliations

  • Governmental Consultant Services, Inc
Casey Stach, AuD
Audiologist
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Casey Stach, AuD
Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Casey Stach Au.D., has worked on various cochlear implant programs for the past 31 years. She has been part of the Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Michigan since 2004, and has specialized in pediatric and adult clinical practice. She has served as the chair of the Legislative Committee for the Michigan Audiology Coalition since 2019, and as a State Champions board member for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA) since 2013. Both organizations have allowed her to focus on state and federal legislative issues related to hearing loss, insurance coverage, and improving early intervention services for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Affiliations

  • University of Michigan Health
Debbie Abel , AuD
Manager, Coding and Contracting
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Debbie Abel , AuD
Manager, Coding and Contracting

Speaker's Bio

Debbie Abel, Au.D. received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Kent State University and her AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Abel spent 13 years in private practice in Alliance, OH after moving an existing practice from the Alliance Eye and Ear Clinic, where she was employed for 14 years, taking the ENT with her. She is the manager of Coding and Contracting Services for Audigy. Formerly the Academy’s Senior Specialist, Practice Management, she was the Director of Reimbursement and Practice Compliance and served as an Academy Board member-at-large and as the chair of the Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee and a member of the Academy’s Ethical Practice Board. She is the immediate Past President of the Doctors of Audiology.
Dr. Abel has authored several chapters in Plural Publication texts including the first, second and third editions of Strategic Practice Management: A Patient Centered Approach/Business and Procedural Considerations and first edition of The Essential Guide to Coding in Otolaryngology: Coding, Billing and Practice Management and soon to be the second edition. The audiology companion book, The Essential Guide to Coding in Audiology: Coding, Billing and Practice Management edited by Dr. Abel, was published in December 2017. Dr. Abel was an adjunct assistant professor at A. T. Still. She was the Alliance Area’s 1994 Athena Award recipient, was awarded the first “Active Advocate of the Year” by the State Leaders’ Network of the American Academy of Audiology in 2006, in 2012, the American Academy of Audiology’s President’s Award and in 2017, ADA’s Joel Wernick Award.

Affiliations

  • Audigy
Emily Nairn, AuD
Audiologist
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Emily Nairn, AuD
Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Emily Nairn, AuD is a clinical audiologist in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Audiology at the University of Michigan. She began her career there in 2012 after being awarded her doctoral degree in audiology from A.T. Still University. Her clinical work at U of M includes adult diagnostics, amplification management for hearing loss, aural rehabilitation, and management of implantable bone-conduction devices. She also has a keen interest in the area of tinnitus management and has had an active role in the development and administration of the tinnitus management program at the university.

Affiliations

  • University of Michigan Health
Gail M. Whitelaw , PhD
Clinical Associate Professor/Clinic Director
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Gail M. Whitelaw , PhD
Clinical Associate Professor/Clinic Director

Speaker's Bio

Gail M. Whitelaw, Ph.D. is a clinical associate professor and Director of the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. She teaches coursework in pediatric audiology, ethics, tinnitus, and professional issues. She is a preceptor for the AuD program at Ohio State and provides direct clinical services. She is also the audiology faculty member for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disorders (LEND) grant, a Maternal and Health training grant, at the Nisonger Center. Her areas of clinical interest include auditory processing disorders (APD) in children and adults, tinnitus and sound tolerance disorders, and issues related to suprathreshold auditory deficits. Dr. Whitelaw has been involved with leadership aspects of the profession of audiology, including as a past-President of the American Academy of Audiology, past-Chair of the Board of Governors of the American Board of Audiology, and a past-President of the Ohio Academy of Audiology. She is a Distinguished Audiology Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP).

Affiliations

  • The Ohio State University
Jamie McClintic , OTD, OTR/L
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
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Jamie McClintic , OTD, OTR/L
Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Jamie McClintic was diagnosed with a profound bilateral hearing loss at three years old. Her disability drives her dreams. She currently works full time as a school based Occupational Therapist and per diem as an adjunct professor for Grand Valley State University’s OTD program. This past summer she released her first book titled, Grieving the Gift” and has been busy promoting this project. When not working, Dr. McClintic chases three active children (one daughter with Down syndrome). She currently serves as a member on various national and community-wide committees that develop resources for children with disabilities. Dr. McClintic is an advocate not only for those who are deaf and hard of hearing but for all children. She will deliver the tear jerking and laughter filled 2021 MAC Keynote presentation.

Katie Kuboushek, AuD
Audiologist, EHDI Program Coordinator
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Katie Kuboushek, AuD
Audiologist, EHDI Program Coordinator

Speaker's Bio

Katie Kuboushek, Au.D. , CCC-A is the EHDI Program Coordinator and Audiologist at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at University of Michigan Health. Katie’s practice is focused on pediatric diagnostics and rehabilition. Her clinical interests include improving loss to follow-up following referral on newborn hearing screening as well as detection and monitoring of children with congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV).

Affiliations

  • University of Michigan Health
Kristy Winters, AuD
Audiologist
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Kristy Winters, AuD
Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Kristy Winters, AuD is an audiologist at the University of Michigan Health: Michigan Medicine. Dr. Winters has worked as a pediatric audiologist for 20 years, specializing in the diagnosis and management of childhood hearing loss. Her particular interests lie in hearing aid and bone conduction solutions for children and serves as a lead among her colleagues in the area of bone conduction technologies. She is a member of Michigan Medicine’s Microtia and Atresia Clinic, monitors the Michigan Medicine Bone Conduction Loaner Program, participated in several manufacturer focus groups to improve device functionality for children, and presented at the July 2021 Ear Community Picnic.

Affiliations

  • University of Michigan Health
Megan Cherry, AuD
Audiologist
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Megan Cherry, AuD
Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Megan M. Cherry, Au.D., CCC-A, is a clinical audiologist in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Michigan Medicine. She earned her Au.D. from the Ohio State University and completed her externship at Michigan Medicine. She is the current president for the Michigan Audiology Coalition.

Affiliations

  • University of Michigan Health
Megan Pesch, MD
Clinical Lecturer
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Megan Pesch, MD
Clinical Lecturer

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Pesch is a developmental/behavioral pediatrician at CS Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI and assistant professor at University of Michigan Medical School where her research focuses on health services delivery around congenital diseases, autism and childhood obesity. She is also mom to three girls, her youngest born with congenital CMV. She is the current president of the National CMV Foundation.

Affiliations

  • University of Michigan Health
Nichole Kingham, AuD
Chief Education Officer
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Nichole Kingham, AuD
Chief Education Officer

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Nichole Kingham was awarded a master’s degree in Audiology at the University of Washington and obtained her clinical doctorate from A.T. Still University. She was a member of the 2012 class of James Jerger Future Leaders in Audiology and is the Past President of Washington State Audiology Academy. Dr. Kingham has worked in private practice since 2003, where she hired the first Audiology Assistant in Washington State and has trained and promoted Audiology Assistants since 2009. She currently sits on the Washington Department of Health Speech and Hearing Board and is a Member at Large on the American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors.

Dr. Kingham’s mission is to empower the small business owner by providing resources to help engage today’s savvy consumer. Through experience, trial and error, research and mentorship, she has developed key insights for delivering exceptional patient experiences. She wants to share what she’s learned so that the Audiology Private Practice doesn’t become a thing of the past.

Dr. Kingham has a passion for practice development, protocol development, efficiency improvement, marketing strategies and staff training. She has developed an Audiology Assistant training program that is utilized in many clinics around the US and loves to speak about practice growth strategies and how to successfully incorporate audiology assistants into a busy practice.

Affiliations

  • Audiology Academy
Patricia Purcell, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Otolaryngology
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Patricia Purcell, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Speaker's Bio

Patricia L. Purcell, M.D. M.P.H., is an assistant professor and clinical researcher in pediatric otolaryngology at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. She earned her M.D. at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and completed residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. She completed an additional two-year research fellowship during residency during which she earned a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Maternal and Child Health. After residency, she moved to Toronto to complete a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at The Hospital for Sick Children. She is passionate about patient care and public health policy relating to children with hearing loss and vestibular disorders.

Affiliations

  • University of Michigan Health
Renee Banakis Hartl, MD, AuD
Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery Fellow - Department of Otolaryngology
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Renee Banakis Hartl, MD, AuD
Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery Fellow - Department of Otolaryngology

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Dr. Banakis Hartl is currently a neurotology and skull base surgery fellow at the University of Michigan. Dr. Banakis Hartl obtained her AuD from Northwestern University. She went onto medical school at Northwestern University and completed a residency in Otolaryngology at University of Colorado School of Medicine. In addition to her clinical practice, she has a specific interest in improving outcomes for those with hearing loss. Her current research focus is on the development and use of a model for quantifying cochlear input via measures of intracochlear pressure. This tool has been employed to characterize potential for cochlear trauma during surgical manipulations and to understand the cochlear input drive in normal hearing. She has also studied binaural hearing and single-sided deafness in an animal model. This work has led to a multi-institutional project to develop a novel speech-in-noise and localization stimuli to be delivered in an acoustically treated testing space, allowing for more fine discrimination of localization ability and more precise development of “real-world” noise stimuli to challenge device performance.

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  • University of Michigan Health
Richard Tyler , BSc, MSc, PhD
Director of Audiology
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Richard Tyler , BSc, MSc, PhD
Director of Audiology

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Dr. Tyler received a B.Sc. (Communication Disorders) and a M.Sc. (Audiology), at the University of Western Ontario followed by a Ph.D. in Psychoacoustics from the University of Iowa. Dr. Tyler is currently a Professor in Otolaryngology and in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa. He has been a visiting scholar in China, South Africa, Australia, Sweden, Poland, Germany and France. In 2016, Dr. Tyler was named an Honorary Professor in The Society of Medicine and Natural Science, at the University of Parma, Italy, for his contributions to the Cochlear Implant field. His primary areas of interest include tinnitus, hyperacusis and cochlear implants. Dr. Tyler has edited several books related to cochlear implants and tinnitus in addition to numerous publications. He has a member of several committees to further the advancement of audiology including the National Health Institute, Veterans Administration, National Science Foundation, World Health Organization American Academy of Otolaryngology. Dr. Tyler maintains a clinical practice which includes evaluating patients with tinnitus and hosts an annual Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Treatment Workshop.

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  • University of Iowa
Robert M. Traynor, EdD, MBA,FNAP
President
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Robert M. Traynor, EdD, MBA,FNAP
President

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Robert M. Traynor practiced audiology and interoperative monitoring in Greeley, Colorado, treating patients of all ages for 46 years. He is a frequent lecturer domestically and has lectured internationally in over 40 countries. For 17 years he was Senior International Audiology Consultant to a major hearing aid manufacturer. He is an Adjunct Professor of Audiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Salus University and Rush University.

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  • Robert Traynor Audiology, LLC
Sam Atcherson, PhD
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Sam Atcherson, PhD

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Wanda McEntyre
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Wanda McEntyre

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