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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 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.

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Schedule

In addition to regular conference offerings, the 2019 conference includes a series of technical sessions during the preconference. Each 30 minute technical session will be offered twice. Don’t miss any information and gain additional CEUs for free.

This program is offered for up to 1.6 ASHA CEUs (various levels; Professional area)

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 1.6 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.

Pre-Conference : Wednesday October 9, 2019

Time Location Presenter(s) Title
Technical Session A Repeat Presentations: 2:00 - 2:30 PM and 2:35-3:05 PM Ballroom D Jill Bollman, AuD
Phonak: Meet Marvel-It's Not Just a Hearing aid, It's a Multifunctional Marvel

Technical Session: Meet Marvel-It's Not Just a Hearing Aid, It's A Multifunctional Marvel

0.05 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Phonak Marvel is the next generation of ground breaking hearing technology developed by Phonak. Built to meet the needs of any patient, Marvel is multifunctional offering clear rich sound, connectivity and streaming to any Bluetooth device, a suite of smart apps include remote support and industry leading recharchability

Jill Bollman, AuD
Phonak

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to summarize the technological benefits of the SWORD chip and the benefits to patients wearing Audeo M
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the differences in the new Audeo M product family
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to summarize the available apps and features in Marvel technology

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Salary and employment with Phonak, LLC

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Technical Session A Repeat Presentations: 2:00 - 2:30 PM and 2:35-3:05 PM Brittny Burdick, AuD
Advanced Bionics: Powerful Connections with AIM and MRI

Technical Session: Powerful Connections with AIM and MRI

0.05 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Advanced, )

At Advanced Bionics, we believe that MRI procedures should be hassle free for you and your patients. Learn about the innovative and award winning HiRes Ultra 3D implant from AB that allows adult and pediatric recipients to safely undergo high-resolution 3T imaging with no need for magnet removal or head bandaging and with no restriction on head position. Advanced Bionics continues to push the limits of technology to provide the most complete, natural, and reliable hearing solutions for your patients. For this reason, we have launched the new AIM clinical tool to assist in providing the best possible hearing outcomes for your patients. Learn about how AIM enables real-time measurement of ECochG signals through the implant during surgery and in clinical follow-up. This system allows for a simple and objective prediction of acoustic hearing which is easy-to-use and can be seamlessly integrated into your practice.

Brittny Burdick, AuD
Advanced Bionics

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to name three benefits for patients of the MRI compatible HiRes Ultra 3D Implant from Advanced Bionics.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify three ways in which AIM will provide a more efficient workflow in their clinical practice.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe how the AIM clinical tool will assist in providing best patient hearing outcomes.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: Salary and employment with Advanced Bionics
  • Non-financial: none

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Technical Session B Repeat Presentations: 3:15-3:45 PM and 3:50-4:20 PM Jen Weallans
Captel: Assistive Technology - Help Your Patients & Grow Your Business

Technical Session: Assistive Technology: Help Your Patients & Grow Your Business

0.05 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Beginner, )

Yes, you’ve seen a captioned phone before; however, are you aware it works with cell phones, pairs with Bluetooth devices and uses audiogram information to allow the user to hear best? What if your patient lives in senior/assisted living or what if they need a phone in the workplace? Additionally, we will discuss why the phone is provided at no cost, the process of obtaining one, a review of its features, and what happens at an installation appointment. Lastly, we discuss how providing added value for your patients helps your business thrive and how our level of community outreach can help.

Jen Weallans
CapTel Outreach

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the functions about the captioned telephone to those patients that can benefit from one.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the process of obtaining a captioned telephone after verifying a patient’s hearing loss.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to list how our level of community outreach can prove beneficial to your business.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Salary and employment with Outreach, Education & Installations Supporting CapTel-Captioned Telephone

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Technical Session B Repeat Presentations: 3:15-3:45 PM and 3:50-4:20 PM Danielle Robertson, AuD
Signia: Wireless Technologies-Connectivity Beyond Streaming

Technical Session: Wireless Technologies: Connectivity Beyond Streaming

0.05 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Wireless technology in hearing aids has existed for years. With recent advancements in hearing aid connectivity, hearing aid users now have more options when listening on the phone. An increasing number of patients are relying on Bluetooth® to stream phone calls to their hearing aids for optimal sound quality and speech understanding. How does this technology differ? What separates the binaural wireless streaming for audibility from the Bluetooth® wireless to stream phone calls and other audio programs to their hearing aids? In this course we will review the different types of wireless technology, how they differ, and the benefits they provide to your patients.

Danielle Robertson, AuD
Signia

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the advantages of Signia Ultra HD e2e
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe how Bluetooth technology enhances our audiological platform
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify the wireless technologies available in our product portfolio

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: Salary and employment with Signia
  • Non-financial: none

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Technical Session C Repeat Presentations: 4:30-5:00 PM and 5:05-5:35 PM Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD
Oticon: OpenSound Experience for Everyone

Technical Session: OpenSound Experience for Everyone

0.05 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Oticon breaks through the conventional approach of traditional directionality by opening up the sound experience for all people with hearing loss. In this session we go behind the scenes to examine the benefits of the fastest, most advanced platform Oticon has ever created. We will explore the concept of BrainHearing™ and discuss the array of technological features that bring these cognitive support benefits to users. The newest available strategies for expanding the benefits to users with complex hearing losses will be presented.

Karla Quinones, AuD
Oticon, Inc
Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD
Oticon, Inc

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the benefits of improved speech understanding in simple and complex listening environments provided by Oticon's open sound processing.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to list the benefits of optimal gain without the risk of feedback provided by the OpenSound Optimizer for the hearing aid user.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify hearing aid fitting options available from Oticon for patients with complex hearing losses.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Dr. Ramachandran receives a salary as an employee of Oticon, Inc. She also receives a consulting fee and royalty from Plural Publishing for authorship
  • Dr. Quionnes receives a salary as an employee of Oticon, Inc

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Technical Session C Repeat Presentations: 4:30-5:00 PM and 5:05-5:35 PM Luis Camacho, AuD
Starkey: The Evolution of the Hearing Revolution

Technical Session: The Evolution of the Hearing Revolution

0.05 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

With the introduction of Livio AI Heathable Hearing Technology, Starkey began the process of redefining the hearing aid from a single-purpose device to a desirable, multi-purpose device. This process continues with the next evolution of Livio AI, the Thrive Hearing Control Mobile App and the Starkey Hearing Technologies 2.4 GHz patient-focused accessories. This session will provide an overview of the latest Starkey Healthable Hearing Technology, hearing aids, accessories and features, including Fall Detection and Heart Rate Monitor features.

Luis Camacho, AuD
Starkey Hearing Technologies

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to list what styles are available for the Livio AI and Livio devices, including lithium ion rechargeable devices.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to know what 2.4 GHz accessories are available for Livio AI and Livio devices.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe healthable features are available to patients in the Livio AI devices.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Salary and employment with Starkey Hearing Technologies

Presentation Documents Coming Soon


Day 1 : Thursday October 10, 2019

Time Location Presenter(s) Title
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Lobby Exhibit Hall Registration Open, Exhibitors Open, Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:15 PM Ballroom D Neil Shepard, PhD
Meniere's, Vestibular Migraine and PPPD

Meniere’s, Vestibular Migraine and PPPD

0.3 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Advanced, )

Meniere’s disease and vestibular migraine are often confused. They both can lead to the development of Persistent Postural Perceptual-Dizziness (PPPD) and as such the disorder of PPPD can be confused with the other two disorders. Each of the disorders has specific diagnostic criteria for the recognition of the entities and those criteria will be presented and discussed. A review of the treatment options for each of the disorders will be presented including the utilization of vestibular and balance therapy for each. A discussion of how these 3 can be co-morbid in their presentations and what if anything about treatment options will change as a result of the co-existence will be presented.

Neil Shepard, PhD
Private Practice

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to differentiate vestibular migraine from Meniere's disease.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize when a patient has developed PPPD.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to counsel the patient with PPPD as to the treatment options available for this disorder.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: none
  • Nonfinancial: none
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Ballroom EF Bob DiSogra, AuD
Drug Side Effects on Audiological and Vestibular Testing

Drug Side Effects on Audiological and Vestibular Testing

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

There are over 2000 drugs with a combined total of over 400 side effects that could result in obtaining inaccurate case history information or the selection of tests whose results could lead to misdiagnosing the patients hearing, cognitive or vestibular problem. The recommendations that you make could be inappropriate thus leading to management errors.
This program reviews auditory/vestibular and cognitive side effects of many of the drugs patients take regularly and offers suggestions to obtain a more accurate case history. A review of preferred websites to obtain drug side effect information is included.
Suggestions for improved communication strategies between the referring physician, the patient and their pharmacist are given at the end of the program.

Several case studies are presented to enhance the learning experience.

There is one handout listing all the possible auditory/vestibular drug side effects that should be of concern to the audiologist.

Bob DiSogra, AuD

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize the importance of obtaining detailed drug information on the case history.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify how a drug side effect can affect audiological and vestibular testing.
  • 3. Upon completion, the participant will be able to identify preferred websites for accurate drug side effect information.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: Speaking Fee from MAC
  • Nonfinancial: none
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Ballroom EF Lindsey Jorgensen, AuD, PhD
Verification 2.0-Beyond Basic Aided Responses - Part I

Verification 2.0 - Beyond Basic Aided Responses

0.3 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Verification of hearing aid audibility through real-ear responses has been shown to increase patient satisfaction and improve patient outcomes; however, there are many more features and accessories that we fit on our patients. In this session, we will go beyond basic REAR/REIG to look at some of the features and accessories that are fit to patients. If a hearing aid has a feature activated or an accessory is ordered those should be verified as well. This session will include a hands-on portion. Hands-on component will include verifying some of the features discussed in the session on hearing aids in a variety of available real-ear measurement systems.

Lindsey Jorgensen, AuD, PhD
University of South Dakota

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to: describe the process of verifying frequency lowering
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to: demonstrate the process of verifying directional microphones
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to: demonstrate the process of verifying a remote microphone or CROS

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: none
  • Nonfinancial: AAA Board member

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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Ballroom EF Teresa Zwolan, Ph.D., CCC-A
Student Forum: Specialization in Audiology

Student Forum: Specialization in Audiology

CEUs are not offered for this session. ASHA/AAA CEUs (, )

Come HEAR about what audiology has to offer! In this session, students will get an overview of specialties from successful and knowledgeable Michigan audiologists. The panel will cover the areas of private practice, vestibular, intra-operative monitoring, along with cochlear implants and educational audiology. Students will be able to learn about all of these areas and have a chance to ask questions at the end. Come take advantage of this great learning opportunity about specialties in our field!

Kaylee Smith, AuD
Henry Ford Health System
Nancy Gallihugh, MS, CCC-A
Kalamazoo RESA
Gerald Hug, MA, CCC-A
Hug Center of Hearing
Teresa Zwolan, Ph.D., CCC-A
Paul DeSomma, MA, CCC/A, CNIM, D.ABNM, BCS-IOM
NuVasive Clinical Services

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1:45 PM - 3:45 PM Ballroom EF Lindsey Jorgensen, AuD, PhD
Verification 2.0-Beyond Basic Aided Responses - Part 2

Verification 2.0 - Beyond Basic Aided Responses

0.3 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Verification of hearing aid audibility through real-ear responses has been shown to increase patient satisfaction and improve patient outcomes; however, there are many more features and accessories that we fit on our patients. In this session, we will go beyond basic REAR/REIG to look at some of the features and accessories that are fit to patients. If a hearing aid has a feature activated or an accessory is ordered those should be verified as well. This session will include a hands-on portion. Hands-on component will include verifying some of the features discussed in the session on hearing aids in a variety of available real-ear measurement systems.

Lindsey Jorgensen, AuD, PhD
University of South Dakota

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to: describe the process of verifying frequency lowering
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to: demonstrate the process of verifying directional microphones
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to: demonstrate the process of verifying a remote microphone or CROS

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: none
  • Nonfinancial: AAA Board member

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1:45 PM - 3:45 PM Ballroom D Patricia Mazzullo, AuD
Pediatric Vestibular Assessment: Thinking Outside the VNG

Pediatric Vestibular Assessment: Thinking Outside the VNG

0.2 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Advanced, )

Assessment of vestibular dysfunction in small children can be a difficult task. Standard vestibular testing may be difficult or unfeasible for young children. The ability to think outside the box and use creative techniques to assess young children who appear to have vestibular involvement may provide valuable information to aid in diagnosis and treatment of the patient. This presentation features traditional and unconventional testing procedures which may be used to assess the vestibular system in children.
Vestibular dysfunction in children relates to delayed gross motor skills, abnormal visual acuity, and difficulty reading in some cases (Janky & Givens, 2015; Braswell & Rine, 2006). However, as the implications of vestibular pathologies in children is still being explored, the full impact vestibular loss has on children is unknown. Due to the implications of vestibular dysfunction in children, identifying vestibular involvement in children who are suspected of having (or at risk for) a vestibular dysfunction is critical (Janky & Givens, 2015).

Patricia Mazzullo, AuD
Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, the participant will be able to identify children who may benefit from vestibular assessment.
  • 2. Upon completion, the participant will be able to synthesize the information presented to develop an appropriate vestibular test battery for children under the age of 12.
  • 3. Upon completion, the participant will be able to identify potential vestibular test procedures and results for young children under the age of 5.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: none
  • Non-financial: none
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Ballroom EF Gael Hannan
I'm Hearing As Hard As I Can

I'm Hearing as Hard As I Can

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Beginner, )

In this dynamic presentation, Gael Hannan talks about the hearing loss life from cradle to not-quite-the-grave. Her hard-earned insights, both hilarious and poignant, cover the impact of hearing loss on every corner of our lives, including personal relationships, raising children, work issues, our hearing technology, and the things we love to do. Even more importantly, Gael discusses strategies for a better life with hearing loss, including the crucial client-professional relationship.

Gael Hannan
HearingHealthMatters.org

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon Completion, participants will be able to identify clearer insights into their clients' lives.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to list ways to make their offices more accessible for clients.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss the importance of person-centered care.

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Day 2 : Friday October 11, 2019

Time Location Presenter(s) Title
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Lobby, Exhibit Hall Registration Opens, Exhibitors Open, Continental Breakfast
7:15 AM - 8:45 AM Ballroom EF MAC Meeting
8:45 AM - 11:00 AM Ballroom EF Ruth Litovsky, PhD
The Impact of Deafness on Auditory Processing & Cognitive Load in Complex Listening Environments

The Impact of Deafness on Auditory Processing and Cognitive Load in Complex Listening Environments

0.2 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Patients with bilateral deafness are eligible to receive bilateral cochlear implants (BiCIs), and in some countries, patients who suffer from single-sided deafness are receiving a cochlear implant (SSD-CI) in the deaf ear. In both the BiCI and SSD-CI populations there is a potential benefit from the integration of inputs arriving from both ears. One of the demonstrated benefits is improved sound localization. To understand the factors that are important for binaural integration we use research processors, delivering pulsatile stimulation to multiple binaural pairs of electrodes. Our novel stimulation paradigms are designed to restore both binaural sensitivity and speech understanding. A second known benefit is improved ability to segregate speech from background noise or competing maskers. Our recent studies are aimed at measuring both release from masking and release from cognitive load. In these studies, we use real-time pupil dilation as a means to assess listening effort while subjects listen to speech stimuli. We are interested in the extent to which bilateral hearing in BiCI patients, and in SSD-CI promote release from masking, and the corresponding cognitive load. By understanding the cost/benefit of integrating inputs to two ears, a more complete picture of the advantages of bilateral stimulation can emerge.

Ruth Litovsky, PhD
Communication Sciences & Disorders , University of Wisconsin

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to understand auditory cues available in bilateral CIs.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to understand limitations and benefits of bilateral CI.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to understand role of cognitive load in auditory processing.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: none
  • Nonfinancial: none

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8:45 AM - 9:45 AM Ballroom D Colleen Le Prell, PhD
Occupational Noise: Should We Be Concerned About “Hidden” Cochlear Injury?

Occupational Noise: Should We Be Concerned About “Hidden” Cochlear Injury?

0.10 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Advanced, )

Studies using animal models clearly reveal injuries to the neural pathway after noise exposure, even for noise exposures that cause no permanent threshold shift. These findings have driven laboratories around the world to seek evidence of “hidden hearing loss” in humans. Our team has not found evidence that would suggest damage to the ascending neural pathway due to recreational sound exposure in young-adult cohorts from three diverse geographic regions. However, data from others suggests that more exposed populations, such as firearm users, may experience neural damage. There is concern that occupational noise exposure may result in neural injury and supra-threshold deficits. A review of the literature supports this concern, although hair cell pathology and hearing loss complicate interpretation of neural pathology. The implications for hearing conservation in the workplace will be discussed, including major ongoing challenges in defining a standard test battery. This lack of consensus has complicated efforts to identify where risk begins and how risk grows as a function of repeated exposure.

Colleen Le Prell, PhD
The University of Texas at Dallas

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe pathology of cochlear synptopathy in animals and in humans.
  • 2. Upon completion, the participant will be able to identify causes of cochlear synaptopathy in animals and in humans.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss potential consequences of synaptopathy in animals and in humans.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: CDC/NIOSH - honararia, NIH - grants to UTD, DOD - grants to UTD, Audiology online - speaking fee, 3M - grant to UTD
  • Nonfinancial: World Health Organization - consultant, DoD HCE PIHL Committee - editor, CDC/NIOSH - advisory board, AAA - task force member

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ballroom D Erin Miller, AuD
Times Up: Incorporating OTC Hearing Devices in Your Clinical Practice

Times Up: Incorporating OTC Hearing Devices in Your Clinical Practice

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Beginner, )

The delivery model for hearing aids has been changing, and will continue to change, with the Food and Drug Administration’s marketing authorization for the first self-fitted hearing aid. Debate has ensued regarding the consumers ability to successfully manage their hearing difficulties without professional intervention. Audiologists must be prepared to manage consumers seeking their help who were unsuccessful with these self-fitted devices. This presentation will provide tips to prepare and manage this new category of hearing aids in your practice.

Erin Miller, AuD
The University of Akron/Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss the pros and cons of including Over-the-Counter hearing aids in their practice.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to list several PSAP.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able identify next steps in the regulatory and rule making process for Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids and how then can engage in this process.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: employed and salary - The University of Akron
  • Nonfinancial: membership on advisory committee or review panels - AAA
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Exhibit Hall Paulette McDonald, MA
Audiology Forum and Lunch

Audiology Forum

.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

  • Nonfinancial: none
  • Financial: none

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12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Ballroom EF Elizabeth Adams Costa, PhD
Unpacking Differential Diagnoses in Children with Hearing Loss

Unpacking Differential Diagnoses in Children with Hearing Loss

0.2 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Published research indicates that outcomes for children with hearing loss are generally lower than their hearing counterparts. Given the cascading effects that auditory deprivation and language delays may cause, accurately providing a differential diagnosis, or concurrent diagnoses, can present a challenge. Often there is no clear path for diagnoses for children with hearing loss, particularly those with complicated presentations where a number of systems have been impacted. Clinicians must decide if the presentation of a child with hearing loss is the result of the hearing loss, or if an additional diagnosis would better explain the child’s presentation.
Comorbidity rates of additional disabilities in children with hearing loss is high, particularly among children with syndromic etiologies. Despite higher prevalence rates, it is important to remember that children with hearing loss may display symptoms that share characteristics with other conditions but are not distinct. Clinicians working with children with hearing loss must understand the environmental impacts and the language, cultural, and situational influences that impact presentations. This talk will identify commonly occurring presentations in children with hearing loss and describe the process of making differential diagnoses for commonly identified comorbidities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, language disorders, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD).

Elizabeth Adams Costa, PhD
River School and Chattering Children Clinic

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon Completion, participants will be able to identify and describe the challenges of making differential diagnoses in children with hearing loss.
  • 2. Upon Completion, participants will be able to describe the process of considering multiple factors when making a differential diagnosis and the common characteristics and course of development presented in children with hearing loss.
  • 3. Upon Completion, participants will be able to identify resources and opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration to improve clarity in the diagnostic process.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: employed and Salary - River School/Chattering Children Clinic
  • Nonfinancial: none

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12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Ballroom D Susan Shore, PhD
Altering Neural Plasticity to Understand and Treat Tinnitus

Altering Neural Plasticity to Understand and Treat Tinnitus

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate/Advanced, )

The dorsal cochlear nucleus of the brainstem is the first site of multisensory convergence in mammalian auditory pathways. Principal output neurons, the fusiform cells, integrate auditory- nerve inputs from the cochlea with somatosensory inputs from the head and neck. I will describe work from my lab in which we developed a guinea pig model of noise induced tinnitus produced and showed that the fusiform cells in these animals showed increased spontaneous activity and cross-unit synchrony, which are physiological correlates of tinnitus. These basic science animal studies led to the development of a unique treatment of tinnitus in which we delivered repeated bimodal auditory-somatosensory stimulation to the dorsal cochlear nucleus of guinea pigs with tinnitus. The specific intervals between stimuli were chosen to induce long-term depression (LTD) in the cochlear nucleus neurons, and this suppress spontaneous rates. Twenty minutes per day of LTD-targeting bimodal (but not unimodal) stimulation reduced physiological and behavioral evidence of tinnitus in the guinea pigs after 25 days. Next, we applied the same auditory-somatosensory treatment to 20 human subjects with tinnitus using a double-blinded, sham-controlled, crossover study. Twenty-eight days of LTD-targeted bimodal stimulation reduced tinnitus loudness and intrusiveness. Unimodal auditory stimulation did not deliver either benefit. Bimodal auditory-somatosensory stimulation that targets LTD in the dorsal cochlear nucleus may hold promise for suppressing chronic tinnitus, which reduces quality of life for millions of tinnitus sufferers worldwide.

Susan Shore, PhD
University of Michigan, Otolaryngology, Physiology, Biomedical Engineering

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss how tinnitus is associated with hearing loss, but this relationship is not causal.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to analyze alterations in cochlear nucleus circuitry are responsible for initiating tinnitus.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe how modulating neural plasticity of the cochlear nucleus can be used as a tinnitus treatment.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: none
  • Nonfinancial: Patent holder-personalized auditory somatosensory treatment for tennitus
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM - 4:15 PM Ballroom EF Susan Holmes-Walker, PhD, RN
Pain Management- The Opioid Epidemic: What You Need to Know

The Opioid Epidemic: What You Need to Know

.2 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

The opioid epidemic has touched every community in the United States. Federal and local government agencies have required health care professionals to increase education on management of pain, improve assessment of pain, and provide more comprehensive care to patients experiencing acute pain after surgical procedures and traumatic injuries. Education on drug and non-drug therapies, is a key component to provide comprehensive care. It is imperative that all health care professional have a better understanding of the implications of poorly managed pain and the impact on society. The primary goal of this educational activity is to provide information, and inform an engaged discussion, on the impact of the opioid epidemic in the United States on the care of patients experiencing acute pain.

Susan Holmes-Walker, PhD, RN
Sulan Group LLC

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss the impact of opioid overprescribing.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss the importance on preventing chronic pain.
  • 3. Upon completion, the participant will be able to use therapeutic communication skills when assessing pain.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Financial: Speaking Fee - WRS LLC
  • Nonfinancial: none

Speaker Bios

Bob DiSogra, AuD
Consultant
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Bob DiSogra, AuD
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Robert M. DiSogra, Au.D, is an independent audiology consultant in Millstone Twp., NJ. He maintained private practice for 30 years in Freehold, NJ until 2015. He currently teaches undergraduate courses in audiology at Kean University in NJ.

He received his Doctor of Audiology degree in 2003 from the Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University. He holds a Masters Degree in Audiology from Hofstra University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Education from St. John’s University.

Dr. DiSogra developed and taught the Pharmacology/Ototoxicity distance learning course at Salus University for five years. He has taught an on-line class in Pharmacology/Ototoxic Drug Monitoring at the University of South Alabama and has also taught doctoral level/graduate and undergraduate Audiology courses at St. John’s University, Rutgers University and Kean University (NJ).

Dr. DiSogra was the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Joel Wernick Award for his educational contributions within the fields of audiology and hearing science from the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. He was also recognized as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year from Salus University. He is the past Chairperson of the Osborne College of Audiology Advisory Board at Salus University.

Dr. DiSogra is US Navy veteran and served during the Viet Nam era.

Brittny Burdick, AuD
Clinical Specialist
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Clinical Specialist

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Dr. Burdick has been a clinical specialist with Advanced Bionics since 2017. Prior to her time at AB, she completed her fourth year externship at Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat of Atlanta. A native of Grand Rapids, MI, Dr. Burdick completed her undergraduate & graduate degrees at Central Michigan University (CMU), graduating in 2016 with her Doctorate of Audiology. Fire Up Chips!

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  • Advanced Bionics
Colleen Le Prell, PhD
Professor
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Colleen Le Prell, PhD
Professor

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Dr. Colleen Le Prell is the Emilie and Phil Schepps Professor of Hearing Science at the University of Texas at Dallas, and head of the UTD Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Program. Translational research in her laboratory is directed at prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. She currently receives funding for her research from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense (DoD), and industry sources. Dr. Le Prell is a member of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Hearing Loss Prevention Cross Sector Council, and reviews grant applications as a member of the Safety and Occupational Health Study Section for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She actively participates in the DoD Hearing Center of Excellence Pharmaceutical Interventions for Hearing Loss working group, World Health Organization (WHO) Make Listening Safe consultancy, and works on several task forces for various professional organizations.

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  • The University of Texas at Dallas
Danielle Robertson, AuD
Clinical Education Specialist
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Danielle Robertson, AuD
Clinical Education Specialist

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Dr. Robertson is an Educational Specialist for Sivantos, Inc. Her responsibilities include training customers on software and products both face-to-face and via virtual sessions. She has 7 years of experience working in ENT settings with children and adults, as well as two years of experience at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf where she focused audiology care on children 0-3 years of age. She has acquired a comprehensive understanding of diagnostics, hearing aid technology, counseling and addressing the hearing needs of individuals. Danielle received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arkansas State University in 2002 and a doctoral degree in Audiology from Missouri State University in 2007.

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  • Signia
Elizabeth Adams Costa, PhD
Director of Psychological Services
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Elizabeth Adams Costa, PhD
Director of Psychological Services

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Dr. Elizabeth Adams Costa is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Director of Psychological Services at the River School and Chattering Children Clinic. Dr. Adams holds a BA with Distinction from the University of Virginia, a Master of Arts in Psychology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Gallaudet University. Dr. Adams specializes in child development, and has expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children with behavioral, cognitive, and developmental differences. Dr. Adams provides training and education to graduate students in psychology and related fields, and is a certified Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist and trainer. Dr. Adams is an active clinical researcher, and services as a special population consultant for Pearson Clinical on the assessment of children with hearing loss. She has published on topics including parenting stress associated with a diagnosis of hearing loss, parent support in the intervention process, the cognitive assessment of children with hearing loss, and cognitive profiles of children with cochlear implants and hearing aids.

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  • River School and Chattering Children Clinic
Erin Miller, AuD
Professor of Instruction and NOAC Coordinator
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Erin Miller, AuD
Professor of Instruction and NOAC Coordinator

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Erin L. Miller, Au.D. is a Professor at the University of Akron and the Coordinator of the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium (NOAC). She received her Master’s degree from Kent State University and her Au.D. from the University of Florida. Her clinical interests include amplification and (central) auditory processing disorders and her professional interests include legislative and regulatory matters, ethics and leadership development. She is a past president of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the Ohio Academy of Audiology (OAA) and the Northern Ohio Academy of Audiology. She currently chairs the AAA Professional Development Council and Leadership Development Committee. She has been an OAA representative to the Ohio Speech and Hearing Governmental Affairs Coalition for more than 15 years, serving as chair for 6 of those years.

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  • The University of Akron/Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium
Gael Hannan
Writer, Actor, and Hearing Loss Advocate
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Gael Hannan
Writer, Actor, and Hearing Loss Advocate

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Gael Hannan is a renowned humorist and writer on hearing loss issues. If people find it hard to laugh at themselves, Gael is more than happy to do it for them. Over the past 20 years, she has created awareness campaigns, school programs and award-winning presentations that help people better understand how they can live more successfully with their hearing loss. Gael has a passionate international following for her weekly articles on HearingHealthMatters.org and her book The Way I Hear It: A Life with Hearing Loss.

Affiliations

  • HearingHealthMatters.org
Gerald Hug, MA, CCC-A
Director of Audiology
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Gerald Hug, MA, CCC-A
Director of Audiology

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Gerald Hug MA, CCC-A is currently the Director of Audiology at Hug Center of Hearing, a HearingLife Company. His clinical interests include audiometric testing and treatment of older adults with hearing loss, through hearing technology, hearing education, and counseling about hearing. He has presented and published research articles in the area of hearing outcome measurements. He is a Clinical Supervisor for audiology doctoral students (AuD) from Wayne State University.

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  • Hug Center of Hearing
Jen Weallans
National Outreach Lead
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Jen Weallans
National Outreach Lead

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My position as a National Outreach Lead supporting CapTel combines my three passions ― community engagement, providing education and making this world a better place. CapTel is a shortened name for captioned telephones. We provide those with verified hearing loss with a NO COST CapTel captioned phone along with no-cost captioning, funded by the government through Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Being part of this wonderful community that truly cares for those with hearing loss and becoming a resource is one of the greatest joys of my life. Forming strong relationships with hearing professionals and earning their trust through consistent and thoughtful service has allowed for continued growth in our offerings as a company. I am passionate about what I do for a living and so very grateful that at the end of the day I lay my head on my pillow knowing that I get to work with others that are just as passionate; and we all have the privilege and opportunity to improve the quality of life for many.

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  • CapTel Outreach
Jill Bollman, AuD
Clinical Trainer
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Jill Bollman, AuD
Clinical Trainer

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Jill Bollman is the Clinical Trainer for Michigan and Indiana. She joins the Phonak team after practicing Audiology in a university setting and an ENT settting. She received her Doctorate degree in Audiology from AT Still University, her Master’s degree from Rush University and her Bachelors degree in Communicaton Disorders from Central Michigan University. Her clinical experience includes diagnostics for pediatric and adults, hearing aid evaluation and fittings for both pediatric and adults as well as Electrophysiological evaluations and CAPD evaluations.

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  • Phonak
Karla Quinones, AuD
Pediatric Account Manager
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Karla Quinones, AuD
Pediatric Account Manager

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Karla Quinones, Au.D. is the Pediatric Account Manager for Oticon’s Midwest region serving hearing care professionals in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. Karla’s clinical experience includes work as a Pediatric Audiologist for a leading midwestern children’s hospital where she provided comprehensive infant and pediatric diagnostic evaluations, including a specialized interest in Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida and a Doctor of Audiology from Northwestern University.

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  • Oticon, Inc
Kaylee Smith, AuD
Audiologist
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Kaylee Smith, AuD
Audiologist

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Kaylee Smith, Au.D. received her doctorate of audiology in 2015 from Northern Illinois University. Her primary interest is dizzy/balance disorders. Dr. Smith completed a fellowship in the vestibular sciences at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN in 2016. After completion of her fellowship, she was employed by Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in Detroit, MI. She is currently the balance coordinator at HFHS, where she coordinates the schedules and protocols for the balance clinics. Kaylee Smith, Au.D. is also passionate about teaching and supervising students. She is the extern coordinator at HFHS and supervises second year Wayne State Students that rotate through the clinics at HFHS.

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  • Henry Ford Health System
Lindsey Jorgensen, AuD, PhD
Associate Professor
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Lindsey Jorgensen, AuD, PhD
Associate Professor

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Lindsey Jorgensen is an Associate professor at the University of South Dakota where she teaches, does research and sees patients. She obtained her AuD and PhD both at the University of Pittsburgh where she also saw patients at the VA. Since coming to USD, Lindsey has continued to see adult patients as well as pediatric patients focusing on hearing aids and hearing assistive technology. Her research looks at the interaction of hearing technology and cognition. She also currently sits on the board of directors for the American Academy of Audiology.

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  • University of South Dakota
Luis Camacho, AuD
Senior Audiologist-Education & Training and Online Education Manager
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Luis Camacho, AuD
Senior Audiologist-Education & Training and Online Education Manager

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Luis began working for Starkey in August 2000 as a Field Sales Representative covering Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky. In 2008, he joined the Education & Training Department. Current duties include leading training classes for Starkey staff and customers domestically and internationally. He also helps in the development of training materials and oversees Starkey’s online and e-learning initiatives. Luis received his BA in Telecommunications and Audio Engineering from Indiana University and continued on to receive his MA in Audiology from Indiana University in 1991. After graduate school, he worked as a staff audiologist for an otology practice in Indianapolis where his duties included clinical audiology, special testing, hearing aid dispensing, marketing and public relations. In October of 2013 he earned his AuD from A.T. Still University. Luis is married with three children and resides in Bloomington, Indiana.

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  • Starkey Hearing Technologies
Nancy Gallihugh, MS, CCC-A
Audiologist
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Nancy Gallihugh, MS, CCC-A
Audiologist

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For the past seventeen years, Nancy 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 a part-time instructor at Western Michigan University, teaching the Industrial and Public Health Audiology class for the audiology doctoral program. She currently serves on the boards of the Michigan Audiology Coalition, the Kalamazoo RESA Foundation and Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo

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  • Kalamazoo RESA
Neil Shepard, PhD
Consultant
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Neil Shepard, PhD
Consultant

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Dr. Shepard is former Chair of the division of Audiology and Director of the Dizziness and Balance Disorders Program at Mayo Clinic – Rochester. As Professor of Audiology, Mayo Clinical School of Medicine – emeritus Dr. Shepard continues with a clinical private practice in Missoula, MT for the assessment and recommendations for treatment of patients reporting dizziness and balance disorder symptoms. He is also involved with research through the Mayo Clinic and teaching at the U of MT.
He received his undergraduate and masters training in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from University of Kentucky and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his PhD in auditory electrophysiology and clinical audiology from the University of Iowa in 1979. He has specialized in clinical electrophysiology for both the auditory and vestibular systems. Activity over the last 39 years has concentrated on the clinical assessment and rehabilitation of balance disorder patients and clinical research endeavors related to both assessment and rehabilitation.

Affiliations

  • Private Practice
  • Emeritus-Mayo Clinic Rochester
Patricia Mazzullo, AuD
Clinical Audiologist
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Patricia Mazzullo, AuD
Clinical Audiologist

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Patricia Mazzullo, Au.D., served as a clinical audiologist at the Hearing and Balance Center of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai for over 6 years. She also served as an adjunct professor in the Clinical Doctoral Program in Audiology (Au.D.) at her alma mater, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), as well as in the undergraduate Communication Sciences and Disorder department at Marymount Manhattan College. In 2019, Dr. Mazzullo was selected for the CUNY Graduate Center Alumni Spotlight, highlighting the achievements of graduates of the institution.
Her clinical interests and expertise includes pediatric and adult hearing assessments, adult hearing aid fittings and follow-up, electrophysiological testing, and pediatric and adult vestibular assessment. In addition, Dr. Mazzullo played an integral role in developing a multi-disciplinary pediatric vestibular team at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. In addition, Dr. Mazzullo presented a case study on a three year old with Benign Paroxysmal Vertigo of Childhood (BPVC) and pediatric vestibular test procedures at the 2019 AudiologyNOW conference. Dr. Mazzullo has extensive experience working with children and adults with special needs, and completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development during her audiology residency.

Affiliations

  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital
Paul DeSomma, MA, CCC/A, CNIM, D.ABNM, BCS-IOM
Lead Clinical QA Specialist
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Paul DeSomma, MA, CCC/A, CNIM, D.ABNM, BCS-IOM
Lead Clinical QA Specialist

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Paul is an Audiologist who has directed his career focus on Intraoperative Neural Monitoring. Starting in 2001, he worked with a neuro-otologist on skull-based infratentorial tumors and by 2003 he transitioned to the broader field of Intraoperative Neural Monitoring with Biotronic Neural Network. He engaged in the field work for spine, vascular, as well as large skull-based mapping procedures. By 2006 he achieved a professional level certification as a Diplomate of the American Board Neural Monitoring (D.ABNM) and shifted from field work to computer-based IONM monitoring with remote oversight over the last 12 years. In 2014 he acquired AABIOM professional BCS-IOM certificate. Since 2001 he has directly monitored, and overseen remotely, over 7000 operative cases. Additionally, in partnership with company education, he has taught didactic foundation courses in IONM, conducted advanced training courses in ABR and cranial nerve monitoring, and trained neurologists the skill-based knowledge for professional telemedicine. Currently he is a Lead Clinical Quality Assurance specialist with NuVasive Clinical Services participating in performance audits, writing policy and procedure guidelines, and engaging hospital QA metrics. Also, he is the Board Treasurer with AABIOM

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  • NuVasive Clinical Services
Paulette McDonald, MA
Director of Audiology
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Paulette McDonald, MA
Director of Audiology

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Paulette is the Director of Audiology as well as the Cochlear Implant team coordinator. She received her Master of Arts degree in Audiology from Wayne State University in 1984. She is accredited by the American Speech Language hearing Association and is licensed by the state of Michigan. Paulette has been on staff at the Michigan Ear Institute since 1986. Her interests include testing children and working with pediatric and adult cochlear implant patients. She believes that it is both remarkable and rewarding to see the changes that cochlear implantation can make for the severely to profoundly hearing impaired population. Paulette is actively involved in state audiology committees. She enjoys volunteering at The Henry Ford Greenfield Village in their herb gardens. Paulette is a current member of the MAC program committee and the MAC board.

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  • Michigan Ear Institute
Ruth Litovsky, PhD
Professor and Chair
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Ruth Litovsky, PhD
Professor and Chair

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Professor Litovsky received her PhD in 1991 in Developmental Psychology, with post-doctoral training in auditory neurophysiology and biomedical engineering. She has published over 120 papers and book chapters. Her research focuses hearing abilities covering lifespan of humans to include infants and elderly adults, in particular on cochlear implants. The research questions seek to understand auditory development in children and adults who are born deaf, or who acquire deafness during childhood, and the potential benefits gained from bilateral cochlear implants. Her work focuses on various measures, including psychophysical performance in response to binaural cues, as a means of understanding binaural processing and plasticity. In addition, her lab is advancing knowledge about the role of cognition, attention and memory in implanted patients. Objective measures in her lab focus on pupil dilation and fNIRS as ‘real time’ assays of listening effort during speech-in-noise tasks. The goal of the objective measures is to assess the impact of adding a second ear to bilateral CI users and to patients with single sided deafness who receive a CI in the deaf ear.
Professor Litovsky teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate programs, serves on numerous national and international grant review panels and editorial boards, and in various positions of leadership in the research community. She is currently President Elect of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. She has received a number of awards, including a Fulbright Senior Fellowship. Her lab has over 20 students, postdoctoral fellows, engineers and audiologists. Her ongoing research program has been funded for over 20 years by more than $10 million in grants from the National Institute of Health in the USA.

Affiliations

  • Communication Sciences & Disorders , University of Wisconsin
Susan Holmes-Walker, PhD, RN
Owner and Founder
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Susan Holmes-Walker, PhD, RN
Owner and Founder

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Susan Holmes-Walker, PhD RN, owner and founder of the Sulan Group LLC is a registered nurse licensed in the states of Michigan and Florida. Dr. Holmes-Walker has experience as an adult pain clinical nurse specialist, hospital-based case manager, clinical quality facilitator, and higher education administrator. She is also an educator with the passion for adult pain management. Her mission is the provide health care professionals with information and to increase understanding of quality pain assessment and non-opioid pain management to prevent transition from acute to chronic pain.

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  • Sulan Group LLC
Susan Shore, PhD
Professor
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Susan Shore, PhD
Professor

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Susan Shore. Ph.D. Is a Professor of Otolaryngology, Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan where she also holds the Joseph Hawkins Collegiate Research Professorship. Dr. Shore has spent over two decades at the Kresge Hearing Research Institute at University of Michigan, where her NIH and private foundation-funded research has focused on the contributions of multisensory systems to auditory brain circuits in normal and noise-damaged systems. Currently, the translation of these basic science discoveries is focused on human clinical trials testing a novel, multisensory tinnitus treatment. Dr. Shore has received numerous awards for her research including the Lydia Adams de Witt award for Women in Science and Engineering. As principal investigator of a long-standing NIH funded training grant, Susan is also committed to training the next generation of sensory scientists. In her spare time, she is a performance ballroom dancer.

Affiliations

  • University of Michigan, Otolaryngology, Physiology, Biomedical Engineering
Teresa Zwolan, Ph.D., CCC-A
Clinical Professor, Director of Cochlear Implant Program
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Teresa Zwolan, Ph.D., CCC-A
Clinical Professor, Director of Cochlear Implant Program

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Teresa Zwolan, Ph.D., CCC-A, is a Clinical Professor and Director of the University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Program. She received her Ph.D. in Audiology from Northwestern University and has worked at the University of Michigan since 1990. She is actively involved in patient care, research and administrative aspects of the program. To date, more than 3,500 patients have received a cochlear implant at the University of Michigan. Dr. Zwolan also serves as adjunct faculty at Wayne State University where she teaches a graduate course on Cochlear Implants. She has authored/co-authored several papers on cochlear implants that focus on clinical management of children and adults, and has authored several book chapters dealing with various topics related to cochlear implants.

Victor Bray, PhD
Associate Professor
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Victor Bray, PhD
Associate Professor

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  • Salus University Osborne College of Audiology
Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD
Education & Training Specialist
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Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD
Education & Training Specialist

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Dr. Ramachandran is the Educational and Training Specialist for the MidAmerica Region at Oticon. Prior to this she was a Senior Staff Audiologist and the Research Coordinator for the Division of Audiology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Ml, as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor and the Clinical Educational Coordinator for the AuD program at Wayne State University. Dr. Ramachandran serves on the Editorial Board for Plural Publishing, Inc. She has published numerous articles, books, and book chapters. Her professional leadership services have included the Executive Board of the American Academy of Audiology, the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education, and as President of the Michigan Academy of Audiology

Affiliations

  • Oticon, Inc