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About the Conference

The Michigan Audiology Coalition’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 many of the classes.

Conference Fees

Member TypeSingle DayFull Conference
Member$150$325
Non-Member$200$350
Student$115$115

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Schedule

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

Michigan Audiology Coalition is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum 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 25, 2018

Time Location Presenter(s) Title
7:00 AM - 9:15 AM Ballroom Lobby Continental breakfast
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Ballroom lobby Registration Open
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM Ballroom Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Michigan II and III Stephanie Minich, PharmD, BCOP
Drug-Induced Ototoxicity

Drug-Induced Ototoxicity

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Drug-induced ototoxicity may severely impact patients’ quality of life. Anxiety, depression, and increased healthcare expenditures arising from hearing loss associated with commonly used medications may lead to social and economic disadvantages in affected patients. Hearing loss occurring before or during speech acquisition in children may adversely affect psychosocial development and education. This presentation will identify the most common ototoxic medications, including antibiotics, chemotherapy agents, and diuretics. The mechanism, incidence, and effects of ototoxicity for the identified medications will also be discussed. In addition, the pharmacogenomics of drug-induced ototoxicity will briefly be reviewed. In order to prevent and manage this serious complication, awareness of which drugs or drug classes cause ototoxicity is crucial. Early identification of ototoxicity and an interdisciplinary approach to identifying, monitoring, and managing drug therapy and ototoxicity is critical.

Stephanie Minich, PharmD, BCOP
Wolters Kluwer

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify the most common ototoxic medications and discuss the mechanism, incidence, and effects of ototoxicity.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss preventative strategies to reduce drug-induced ototoxicity
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss the pharmacogenomics of drug-induced ototoxicity

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • N/A
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Capitol I Kelly Baroch, AuD
Auditory Brainstem Response Evaluation in Early Identification of Childhood Hearing Loss

Auditory Brainstem Response Evaluation in Early Identification of Childhood Hearing Loss

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

In order to reduce lost to follow up and accurately monitor hearing in infants and older children who are unable to complete behavioral hearing evaluations, it is critical that the diagnostic ABR be completed efficiently and accurately. This can be confounded by difficult test environments and poor infant sleep state. This presentation will discuss difficult test environments/populations and options for ABR protocols, equipment characteristics, sedation/anesthesia options and strategies which can be utilized to optimize the ABR evaluation.

Kelly Baroch, AuD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Division of Audiology

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the relationship between obtaining complete test results at the initial ABR appointment and reducing loss to follow-up rates.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify ABR technology characteristics which may allow for more effective/efficient ABR evaluations
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss diagnostic ABR protocols which may help reduce test time

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: Vivosonic Inc. - teaching and specking fee, professional consulting
  • Non-Financial: Vivosonic Inc. - professional and volunteer consulting

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10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Capitol I Candice Colby, MD
It Takes a Village: The Benefit of Audiologic Collaboration in Challenging Neuro-otologic Cases

It takes a village: The benefit of audiologic collaboration in challenging neuro-otologic cases

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Advanced, )

Difficult neuro-otologic cases are best approach through a collaborative effort with physicians and audiologists. We will review difficult cochlear implant cases, pediatric hearing loss and challenging surgical cases.

Candice Colby, MD
Michigan Ear Institute

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss facts associated with cochlear implant soft failures
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss facts associated with enlarged vestibular aqueduct
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss best practices between physican-audiologist relationships

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • N/A
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Michigan II and III Stelios Dokianakis, AuD
Tele-coils & Loop Systems: Relevance in 2018

Tele-coils & Loop Systems: Relevance in 2018

T-Coils and Loop systems were introduced in the late 1930s and today, over 80 years later, their relevance is often overlooked because of newer advances in wireless technologies.
The goals of this presentation is to present clinical Audiologists with relevant information to allow better understand of loop systems within the framework of current technology. With the singular goal of providing the best hearing for our patients, when should t-coils be recommended and what are their Pros & Cons? How are t-coils verified and validated? Which hearing aids offer better t-coils? How can a loop system be checked and what makes a good system? Attendees will also learn how to install an office loop system and implementation strategies that benefit their patients and practice.

Stelios Dokianakis, AuD
Holland Doctors of Audiology

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to increase patient satisfaction by providing better hearing in challenging environments.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss the various types of Loop installations and how to implement in an Audiology office.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to demonstrate how to verify and validate t-coils in modern hearing aids

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • N/A
12:30 PM -1:30 PM Capitol 1 Student Forum Kickoff meeting
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Ballroom Lobby Boxed Lunch with Exhibitors
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM Capitol I Brian Taylor, AuD
Maximizing Patient Outcomes in an Era of Consumer-Driven Healthcare

Maximizing Patient Outcomes in an Era of Consumer-Driven Healthcare

0.2 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

As individuals take a more active role in their healthcare, it forces Audiologists t re-evaluate their value in the marketplace. New technology, such as self-fitting over-the-counter devices, and innovative service delivery models using patient-centered counseling principles need to be popularized. This presentation will attempt to lay the groundwork for how these innovations can be used to maximize patient outcomes and better address the needs of under-served populations.

Brian Taylor, AuD
Fuel Medical Group

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to define consumer-driven healthcare.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be knowledgeable about non-custom amplification devices and their characteristics.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to implement patient-centered strategies in the clinic that maximize outcome.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: Fuel Medical - employment
  • Non-Financial: HHTM - Editor-in-Chief, board membership, and volunteer employment

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1:45 PM - 3:45 Pam Michigan II and III Jeanane Ferre, PhD, CCC/A
A Rose by Any Other Name....Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders

A rose by any other name...understanding auditory processing disorders

0.2 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Course describes the array of acoustic, phonologic-linguistic, and executive skills that
comprise the continuum of auditory processing and the neurologic foundations of these skills.
Impact of specific deficits in processing skills on a listener’s academic achievement,
communicative success, and psychological well-being are discussed. Differential diagnosis of
processing disorders and functional, achievable remediation and management goals to meet
clients’ life needs are described including treatment aligned with Common Core Standards,
use of assistive technology and implementation of educational and workplace
accommodations.

Jeanane Ferre, PhD, CCC/A
Private Practice

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe skills needed to process spoken language and impact of deficiencies in these skills on a listener's life.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe differential diagnosis of auditory processing among children and adults.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to implement effective intervention strategies to minimize adverse effects and reduce/resolve deficit.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: ProEd, Inc. - royalty, and independent contractor
  • Non-Financial: American Speech-Language Hearing Association - membership on advisory committee or review panels
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Snack Break
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Capitol I Keynote Address

Keynote Address: This is your life. Are you full?

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Beginner, )

Helping people and changing lives is why most audiologists choose audiology. We wanted to make an impact, we wanted to make a difference. A recent Gallup survey (2017) found that 67% of US employees are currently disengaged at their jobs and Kelly Global Workforce Index reported that 51% of workers would sacrifice status and pay for more meaningful work. Unfortunately, for some audiologists, this feeling of “meaningful work” ebbs and diminishes over the years and leaves us dreading Monday mornings. Reviving this excitement involves closely examining and clarifying what drives us, what brings meaning to our lives and careers. During this session, we will dive deep into what is important- what is our life purpose, recognize what challenges prevent us from achieving a fulfilled life and set new directions. Come to the session, be inspired and leave with a renewed sense of purpose and excitement for your lives and careers.

Laurel Gregory, M.A.
Entheos Audiology Cooperative

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to list the top areas of their career or life that are important to them
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to summarize the challenges that prevent them from moving forward
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify ways to invoke change in their lives

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: Entheos Audiology Cooperative: employment & management

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5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ballroom Happy Hour with Exhibitors (Featuring Audball Trivia)

Day 2 : Friday October 26, 2018

Time Location Presenter(s) Title
8:00 AM - 2:45 PM Ballroom Lobby Registration Open
7:00 AM - 9:15 AM Ballroom Lobby Continental breakfast
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Capitol I MAC Membership Meeting
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ballroom Exhibitor Hall Open
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Capitol I Deb Abel, AuD
Coding and Reimbursement: Options for the Present and the Future

Coding and Reimbursement: Options for the Present and the Future

0.2 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Beginner, )

The current hearing aid delivery model is changing with the influence of third party payers,
third party administrators and the dawn of Over-The-Counter hearing aids. Identifying and
managing (if you choose) those business decisions will be discussed in this session as well
as the 2019 Medicare payment model pertinent to audiologists, if known at the time of the
presentation.

Deb Abel, AuD
Audigy LLC

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will identify the effects of taking third party payers in their practices and how to incorporate them in your practice, if you choose
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will identify the 2019 Medicare payment model, if known at the time of the presentation
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will identify considerations in the provision of over-the-counter hearing aids

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: Audigy - employment
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Michigan II and III Jacqueline Kaufman, PhD
Partnering with Psychology - Assessing Autism and Suicidality

Partnering with Psychology - Assessing Autism and Suicidality

0.2 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, ABA Tier 1 Part A -ASD)

Rates of comorbid hearing loss in individuals with autism are greater than those observed in the general population. For audiology and speech providers, diagnosing hearing loss in individuals with possible or confirmed autism diagnosis is very complex. Language delays are pathognomonic for autism spectrum conditions though language delays are also evident in those with hearing loss or non-autism related language delays. In this presentation, attendees will learn strategies for teasing apart the overlapping symptoms of hearing loss, speech and/or language delays and autism spectrum disorder symptomatology. Practical strategies for working with families to address new or existing autism diagnoses will also be discussed. The second portion of this session will address assessing risk for suicidality in patients and students with hearing loss and language delay. Suicide rates in the State of Michigan are at an all time high for teens, and the structured one-on-one and small group interactions with students/children with disabilities afford audiologists and speech pathologists unique opportunities to assist children at risk. Red flags and acute intervention strategies will be addressed. Small group activities will allow participants to actively engage in both core topic discussions during the course of the session.

Jacqueline Kaufman, PhD
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify symptoms to differentially diagnose autism vs. hearing related developmental delay.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe strategies for discussing possible autism diagnosis with patients and families.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify risks and signs for suicidal behaviour with audiology and speech pathology patients.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • N/A

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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ballroom Paulette McDonald, MA
Audiology Forum and Lunch

Audiology Forum

0.1 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

The Audiology Forum will present the “hot topics” for Michigan Audiologists. The status of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program (EDHI) will be discussed, along with an update on the legislative, insurance and Michigan Audiology Coalition issues that Michigan Audiologists face.

Paulette McDonald, MA
Michigan Ear Institute

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss legislative issues affecting audiologist in Michigan and Nationally.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss the current updates of Michigan licensure and Early Hearing Detection and Intervention.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be participate in survey to help determine how the Michigan Audiology Coalition can better serve the members needs.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • N/A

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1:00 PM- 2:30PM Michigan II and III Nancy Gallihugh, MS, CCC-A
Pediatric Grand Rounds: Assessing Children with ASD

Pediatric Grand Rounds: Assessing Hearing in Children with ASD

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, ABA Tier 1 Part B -ASD)

This grand round presentation will focus on working with children who have autism and other developmental delays. Many times, audiometric testing needs to be modified in order to obtain as much information as possible. Presenters will share practical tips and suggestions related to behavioral testing, hearing aid management and educational management of children with additional cognitive or developmental delays.

Angelique Boerst, MA
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Michigan Medicine
Nancy Gallihugh, MS, CCC-A
Kalamazoo RESA

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify three medical diagnoses which commonly result in cognitive or developmental delays.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to name three ways to modify testing to accommodate children with cognitive or sensory issues.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to share at least three factors to consider when recommending amplification or personal listening devices for children with sensory concerns.

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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Capitol I Heather Balon, AuD
Adult Grand Rounds

Adult Grand Rounds - Amplification

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Session will be composed of three presenters:
1) A patient with hyperekplexia Treatment will be discussed.
2) A case study follows a patient’s aural rehabilitation / amplification care, as well as the progression of dementia and its effects on her care, over the course of 7 years.
3) A discussion of the “EarLens”: Indications and contraindications and comparisons with other amplification choices.

Heather Balon, AuD
Michigan Ear Institute
Emily Nairn, AuD
Michigan Medicine
Mike Robinette, AuD
Michigan Ear Institute

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to define hyperekplexia and name one treatment.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to list 3 care considerations when providing aural rehabilitation / amplification for patients with Alzheimer’s Dementia.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to name two indications and two contraindications for use of the EarLens device

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Robinette: NA
  • Nairn: Non-Financial: AAA CH-TM Verification Task Force, PAC committee, volunteer membership on advisory committee or review panels, AT Still University Alumni Board
  • Balon: NA

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2:45 PM - 4:45 PM Capitol I Frank Musiek, PhD
The Vertebro-Basilar System It's Neuro-Audiology and Neuroanatomy

The vertebro-basilar system: it's neuro-audiology and neuroanatomy

0.2 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

The vertebro-basilar system is responsible for blood supply to the auditory brainstem, auditory and vestibular nerves as well as the cochlea and vestibular apparatus. Despite this critically important role to auditory function most audiologists know little about this system. This presentation will use 2-D and 3-D neuroanatomical images to show the structure and course of this complex system. This will be followed by clinical presentation of cases of vertebro-basilar involvement and related dicussion. Finally, consideration of how the vertebro-basilar system likely plays a key role in common auditory disorders yet has been essentially overlooked and how this could impact audiological diagnostics will be presented.

Frank Musiek, PhD
University of Arizona

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to outline key auditory functional roles of the vertebro-basilar system.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss the anatomy of the vertebro-basilar system.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to apply new knowledge of the vertebro-basilar system to their diagnostic practice.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • N/A

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2:45 PM - 4:45 PM Michigan II and III Richard Roberts, PhD
Positioning the Audiologist in a Management Role for Patients with Vertigo

Positioning the Audiologist in a Management Role for Patients with Vertigo

0.2 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

30% of people will experience rotary/postural vertigo at some point in their lives. The impact of dizziness/imbalance in terms of associated costs, quality of life, and other factors is staggering. Not all patients with vertigo have access or need to be seen at large tertiary medical centers. Three of the more common causes of vertigo are BPPV, vestibular migraine, and post-acute vestibular neuronitis. Audiologists are optimally positioned to not only assess for, but manage, a large proportion of these cases. This reduces the individual patient and broader societal negative impact. Our experience with clinical pathways for management of these patients will be discussed assuming an intermediate level of knowledge.

Richard Roberts, PhD
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss the role of audiologists in management of patients with vertigo
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify some of the more common causes of veritgo
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to list appropriate interventions for many patients with vertigo

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: Vanderbilt University Medical Center - employment
  • Non-Financial: American Academy of Audiology Foundation Board of Trustee, member

Speaker Bios

Angelique Boerst, MA
Clinical Audiologist
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Angelique Boerst, MA
Clinical Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Angelique Boerst is a clinical audiologist at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to her clinical practice, she has been active in developing outreach program for families of children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

Affiliations

  • C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Michigan Medicine
Brian Taylor, AuD
Director of clinical audiology
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Brian Taylor, AuD
Director of clinical audiology

Speaker's Bio

Brian Taylor is the director of clinical audiology for the Fuel Medical Group. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Hearing Health and Technology Matters blog, an independent source of industry news. Brian has 27 years of clinical, practice management, and teaching experience. He holds an AuD from Central Michigan University and has written several textbooks, including the recently published Practice Management Principles by Thieme, Inc. Brian lives in Golden Valley, MN.

Affiliations

  • Fuel Medical Group
Candice Colby, MD
Neurootologist
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Candice Colby, MD
Neurootologist

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Candice Colby is board certified in Otology, Neurotology, Otolaryngology and Skull Base Surgery. Dr. Colby received her medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine after graduating from Ferris State University with a BS in biotechnology. She completed her residency training in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and went on to complete more specialized training in Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Dr. Colby is a Board certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon and specializes in the treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear and skull base. Her interests include evaluation and treatment of hearing loss, chronic ear diseases, dizziness and balance disorders, tinnitus, facial nerve conditions, and skull base tumors such as acoustic neuromas.

Dr. Colby is originally from Bay City, Michigan and is a member of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.

Affiliations

  • Michigan Ear Institute
Deb Abel, AuD
Manager of Coding and Contracting
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Deb Abel, AuD
Manager of Coding and Contracting

Speaker's Bio

Debbie Abel, AuD spent 13 years in private practice in Alliance, OH after moving an existing practice from the Alliance Eye and Ear Clinic where she was for 14 years, taking the ENT with her.
She is the manager of Coding and Contracting Services for Audigy and is also associated with Arch Health Partners in Poway, CA, where she provides audiologic services on a limited schedule. Formerly staff at the American Academy of Audiology, she is an American Academy of Audiology Foundation Trustee.
Dr. Abel is the editor of The Essential Guide to Coding in Audiology: Coding, Billing and Practice Management and has authored several chapters in Plural Publication texts including The Essential Guide to Coding in Otolaryngology: Coding, Billing and Practice Management and the first, second and third editions of Strategic Practice Management: A Patient Centered Approach/Business and Procedural Considerations.

Affiliations

  • Audigy LLC
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 Otolaryngolgy-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 UofM includes adult diagnostics, electrocardiography, amplification management for hearing loss, and Meniett therapy for Meniere’s disease. She also has a keen interest in the area of tinnitus management, and has an active role in the development and administration of a tinnitus management program at the university.

Affiliations

  • Michigan Medicine
Frank Musiek, PhD
Professor & Director NeuroAudiology Lab
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Frank Musiek, PhD
Professor & Director NeuroAudiology Lab

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Frank Musiek is a renowned hearing researcher, scholar, teacher and clinical audiologist. His research on electrophysiology and central auditory processing has led to the discovery and implementation of numerous tools that are widely used for assessment of the auditory brainstem and central auditory pathways. His research career has contributed in a substantial way to our fundamental understanding of the anatomy, physiology and neurophysiology of the human auditory system. He was the recipient of the James Jerger Career Award Research in Audiology, in 2007 and recipient of ASHA Honors of the Association for Audiology and Auditory Neuroscience, in 2010. Dr. Musiek has published 170 articles in peer reviewed journals and authored or edited 11 books.

Affiliations

  • University of Arizona
Heather Balon, AuD
Audiologist
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Heather Balon, AuD
Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Originally from Novi, Michigan, Dr. Heather Balon graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan in 2008 with a double major in Speech Pathology and Audiology and French. In 2012, she received her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Central Michigan University. She was hired on as a member of the Audiology department at Michigan Ear Institute (MEI) directly following obtaining her doctoral degree. At MEI, she performs hearing tests, balance tests, electrophysiological tests. Dr. Balon also enjoys working with her patients and their hearing aids in order to enhance their communication ability and improve their quality of life as much as possible. When not working MEI, she enjoys reading, art, and traveling.

Affiliations

  • Michigan Ear Institute
Jacqueline Kaufman, PhD
Division Director: Rehabilitation Psychology/Neuropsychology Division
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Jacqueline Kaufman, PhD
Division Director: Rehabilitation Psychology/Neuropsychology Division

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Jacqueline Kaufman completed her undergraduate training at the University of Michigan and remained with the University as a research assistant at the Kresge Hearing Research Institute for several years before enrolling in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in clinical neuropsychology and experimental neuroscience. Her graduate minor focused on deaf studies and sign language; this paired with her prior training in auditory anatomy and physiology provides a unique opportunity for her to work with children in her clinic who have hearing loss and neuropsychological assessment needs. Dr. Kaufman completed an internship in pediatric psychology at the Columbus Children’s Hospital (now Nationwide Children’s Hospital) before returning to Ann Arbor for an NIH T-32 training fellowship in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She joined the faculty following her fellowship and now enjoys her work as a pediatric neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology provider and Division Director (Rehabilitation Psychology/Neuropsychology Division) in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Clinically she aims to provide truly personalized care, helping each individual child achieve their best skills possible and ensuring active patient and family participation in all stages of clinical planning. She has served as co-investigator of the Adapted Cognitive Assessment Laboratory and has explored the use of assistive technology and traditional research measures of cognition to increase accessibility to complex cognitive testing in children with severe motor and speech impairments. She has been funded through NIDRR to study working memory in children with cerebral palsy. In her free time, Dr. Kaufman enjoys playing recreational ice hockey and is co-founder and coach of the Ann Arbor Rockets Disabled Hockey program; a program for children and adults with disabilities to have an opportunity to play competitive ice hockey.

Affiliations

  • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine
Jeanane Ferre, PhD, CCC/A
Audiologist
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Jeanane Ferre, PhD, CCC/A
Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Ferre received her PhD in Audiology from Northwestern University in 1984. She is a nationally recognized expert on central auditory processing disorders (CAPD), has over 30 years experience providing evaluation and treatment of CAPD to children and adults. She established her practice in 1988, becoming one of the first audiologists in the nation to open a practice devoted exclusively to the evaluation and treatment of auditory processing disorders. In addition to her clinical practice, she is an adjunct faculty member of Northwestern and Rush Universities, teaching graduate classes in assessment and management of CAPD. She also has provided consultation on auditory processing to school districts and education departments in Illinois, Wisconsin, California, and Hawaii.

Dr. Ferre pioneering research in this area led to the development of the Bellis-Ferre model, currently one of the most widely used models for interpreting central auditory processing test results. Most recently, she co-authored a widely used screening test for processing disorders. Dr. Ferre published articles in refereed journals and presented at the local, state, national and international levels on CAP and CAPD. Her works include Processing Power – A Guide to CAPD Assessment and Treatment, The M3 Model for Treating Auditory Disorders in CAPD: Mostly Management, Managing Auditory Processing Disorders in the Handbook of Clinical Audiology, 5th ed., and Behavioral Therapies for CAPDs in the Handbook of Clinical Audiology, 7thed. Dr. Ferre is the co-author of the Differential Screening Test for Processing.

Dr. Ferre is a Fellow of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the 1997 recipient of ISHA’s Clinical Achievement Award, a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2001), and received Honors of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2007.

Affiliations

  • Private Practice
Kelly Baroch, AuD
Infant Hearing Program Coordinator
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Kelly Baroch, AuD
Infant Hearing Program Coordinator

Speaker's Bio

Kelly Baroch, Au.D. is a clinical audiologist in the Division of Audiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Baroch coordinates the Inpatient Audiology Program and the Infant Hearing Program, which she developed in 2003. She also completes diagnostic hearing evaluations and sensory care plans for inpatient newborns and infants. She has given numerous state and national presentations on auditory brainstem response evaluation, early identification and intervention of hearing loss in the medically complex population, auditory development in infants, and the effects of the NICU environment on sensory development. She is involved with several research projects and consults with Audiology and NICU programs nationally

Affiliations

  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Division of Audiology
Laurel Gregory, M.A.
Director of Training & Development
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Laurel Gregory, M.A.
Director of Training & Development

Speaker's Bio

Laurel Gregory is Director of Training & Development at Entheos Audiology Cooperative, providing workshops, training and growth opportunities with a focus on culture building & employee engagement. Laurel states, “I delight in igniting synergy in teams and energizing individuals faced with burn-out. My passion is to help unlock team potential by creating a business culture that embraces employees and customers.” Prior to Entheos, Laurel worked in the field of audiology for over 30 years as a private practice audiologist, research audiologist, Manager of Clinical Research for ReSound and Starkey, Director of Product Management for Starkey and Chief Engagement Officer at Skafold Consulting. By combining her real world experience with inventive tools, she strives to provide a unique approach to her workshops/presentations and towards developing individuals and teams that are connected, energized and innovative. Laurel has presented on the topic of personal enlightenment, career and team engagement at several state and national conferences- including AAA and ADA, and at various Universities

Affiliations

  • Entheos Audiology Cooperative
Mike Robinette, AuD
Audiologist
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Mike Robinette, AuD
Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Michael Robinette received his Doctor of Audiology degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2004, and has been at the Michigan Ear Institute since 2003. He is a board certified audiologist and holds his audiology licensed in the State of Michigan. Dr. Robinette’s interests include hearing aid technology, vestibular and electrophysiology testing, auditory processing disorder evaluation and tinnitus management. He is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech Language Hearing Association. When not working at the Michigan Ear Institute he enjoys reading, line dancing, tennis and kayaking.

Affiliations

  • Michigan Ear Institute
Nancy Gallihugh, MS, CCC-A
Educational Audiologist
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Nancy Gallihugh, MS, CCC-A
Educational Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Nancy Gallihugh received Masters of Science in Audiology from Western Illinois University. For the past sixteen years, Ms Gallihugh has been providing educational audiology services for Kalamazoo RESA to ensure that students with hearing loss are identified and provided with the necessary tools to access language. Previously, she supervised the industrial audiology program and provided clinical audiology services at Constance Brown Hearing Centers in Kalamazoo. She is an adjunct instructor at Western Michigan University AuD program.

Affiliations

  • Kalamazoo RESA
Paulette McDonald, MA
Director of Audiology
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Paulette McDonald, MA
Director of Audiology

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Affiliations

  • Michigan Ear Institute
Richard Roberts, PhD
Vice Chair of Clinical Operations and Assistant Professor
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Richard Roberts, PhD
Vice Chair of Clinical Operations and Assistant Professor

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Richard A. Roberts is Vice Chair of Clinical Operations and Assistant Professor for the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. His primary research interests include various topics related to assessment and management of vestibular dysfunction. Dr. Roberts has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Academy of Audiology, the American Academy of Audiology, and is currently a Trustee of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation.

Affiliations

  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Stelios Dokianakis, AuD
Audiologist
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Stelios Dokianakis, AuD
Audiologist

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Stelios Dokianakis, Au.D., studied Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering (Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA) before pursuing a Masters in Audiology (Univ. of WI – Madison) and Au.D. degree (AT Still Univ, AZ). With a strong technical background and over 25 years of clinical and research experience, he enjoys helping patients’ hearing needs with technology. His clinical interests lie in the areas of tinnitus management and musician’s hearing needs. Stelios enjoys the professional independence of his own private practice in Holland, MI. An advocate of Loop systems, he has helped many venues with selecting and designing effective Loops.

Affiliations

  • Holland Doctors of Audiology
Stephanie Minich, PharmD, BCOP
Senior Clinical Content Specialist - Oncology
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Stephanie Minich, PharmD, BCOP
Senior Clinical Content Specialist - Oncology

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Stephanie S. Minich, PharmD, BCOP is a senior clinical content specialist at Wolters Kluwer, with a specialty in oncology. Dr. Minich earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. She completed general and oncology specialty residency training at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Minich practiced as a clinical oncology pharmacist in both pediatric and adult oncology at the University of Michigan prior to her current position in drug information at Wolters Kluwer. She is board certified in oncology pharmacy.

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  • Wolters Kluwer

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