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$150.00$325.00
Non-Member$200.00$350.00
Student$115.00$115.00

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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 26, 2017

Time Location Presenter(s) Title
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 2nd Floor Lobby Registration Opens
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM Capitol II - IV Exhibit Hall Opens
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Capitol I Dawna Lewis, PhD
Impact of Mild Bilateral and Unilateral Hearing Loss in Children

Impact of Mild Bilateral and Unilateral Hearing Loss in Children

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Beginner, )

Over the past 30 years, numerous studies have shown that school-age children with mild bilateral (MBHL) or unilateral hearing loss (UHL) experience speech perception difficulties in adverse listening conditions such as classrooms where the ability to hear and understand verbal information is critical for learning. In such environments, these children with may need to exert greater effort than their peers with normal hearing (NH) to understand speech. However, findings across studies are not always straightforward, with the result that children with MBHL and UHL may be overlooked and/or difficulties that are related to hearing loss may be minimized, potentially influencing expectations, behaviors, and progress in a number of developmental areas. This presentation will address difficulties children with MBHL and UHL experience in complex acoustic environments, including a discussion of my recent work with this population.

Dawna Lewis, PhD
Boystown National Research Hospital

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to Identify potential difficulties experienced by children with MBHL/UHL
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to critically examine the literature in regard to the impact of MBHL/UHL on understanding in complex environments
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to apply knowledge of the effects of adverse acoustics during complex listening tasks for children with MBHL/UHL.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Salary from Boys Town National Research Hospital
  • Grants receipient of NIH
  • Teaching and speaking honoraria from Phonak, LLC
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Michigan II and III Richard Tyler, PhD
Tinnitus Activities Treatment

Tinnitus Activities Treatment

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Tinnitus Activities Treatment focuses on 1) thoughts and emotions, 2) hearing, 3) sleep and 4) concentration (about 1-2 hours each, separated by about 1-2 weeks) , depending on individual needs. It includes cognitive behavior modification exercises, pictures, homework, diaries and coping strategies. We use the Tinnitus Primary Functions Questionnaire to help determine which areas need attention . It is important to listen to the patient, to help them accept their tinnitus and to refocus on activities they enjoy. Sound therapy considers hearing aids, and wearable sound generators . We typically use low-level partial masking, but total masking is used for some. Patient expectations likely play a major role in successful treatment and clinicians should utilize their abilities to nurture positive expectations.

Richard Tyler, PhD
University of Iowa, Otolaryngology, Speech Sciences and Communication

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to Identify potential difficulties experienced by children with MBHL/UHL
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to provide up-to-date information on tinnitus treatments
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss current research on tinnitus mechanisms and future treatments

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • No disclosures to report
10:45 AM- 12:15 PM Capitol I Erika Skoe, PhD
Noise Exposure and the "Clinically-Normal Ear"

Noise Exposure and the "Clinically-Normal Ear"

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

For many individuals, exposure to high intensity sound is a routine part of their occupational and/or leisure activities. Chronic and short-term overexposure to sound can stress the auditory system at multiple levels and in ways that are not necessarily evident on conventional audiological assessments of auditory function. Animal models have brought auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) to the forefront as a clinically-viable metric for uncloaking different types of excitoxicity, including noise-induced synaptopathy and myelinopathy, two classes of pathologies that do not necessarily affect hearing thresholds. Injury to the auditory system that does not affect hearing thresholds has been termed “hidden hearing loss”. This talk will provide an overview of the current literature on hidden hearing loss, and outline current thinking and recent data supporting the use of ABRs in the objective clinical assessment of hidden hearing loss. The talk will also highlight data from an on-going hearing conservation study focused on objectively measuring the impact of routine noise exposure using behavioral and electrophysiological measures of noise exposure, together with multiday measurements of environmental sound levels.

Erika Skoe, PhD
University of Connecticut

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the early biological indicators of noise-induced hearing damage
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to define excitotoxicity, synaptopathy, neuropathy, and myelinopathy
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to apply their knowledge of the electrophysiological correlates of noise exposure in the clinic

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Salary from the University of Connecticut

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10:45 AM- 12:15 PM Michigan II and III Michael Page, AuD
Interpreting Signals: Professional Relationships and How Our Patients Perceive Us

Interpreting Signals: How Our Patients Perceive Us

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (, )

Perception is everything, right? Wrong? How much does the perception of our patients influence our ability to serve and treat them? What if a “secret shopper” visited your practice? What would they see? What would they say? What would they report to their friends, or on line? Does it matter? Should it matter? Are patients willing to pay for perception?

Does patient perception change the landscape for audiologists in the current OTC Hearing Aid Environment? Can patients receive all they need over the counter?

The relationships of trust we build with our patients has everything to do with their perception of us: how we speak, how we look, how we walk, what we wear, how we smell, and most of all, how we interact and respond to them in their hour(s) of need. How we interpret the signals (both direct and indirect) makes every difference in whether they even grace our office door! How they perceive us makes all the difference in how they receive our counsel, advice, and eventually how successful they are in their quest for good outcomes.

Michael Page, AuD
Self-Employed

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the current OTC environment and the impact of patient perception upon our business
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to outline 3 practice actions which may positively influence patient perceptions
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to state why patient perceptions matter.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • none, self-employed

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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Capitol I Leslie Parent, M.S., CCC-A
Student Forum: A beginners guide to accepting a job offer

Student Forum: A beginners guide to accepting a job offer

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

Have you ever considered the most appropriate way to negotiate the financial aspects of a job as a newer audiologist? How, when, and what questions are appropriate to ask prospective employers during interviews? The purpose of this forum is to provide valuable information to Au.D. students about successfully asking future employers delicate questions regarding salary, benefits, time off, and other related topics. The forum will include a 30 minute presentation by a financial specialist discussing definitions of benefits, salaries, and other important financial considerations. Following the presentation, a knowledgeable panel of audiologist from a variety of workplace settings will allow an open discussion and offer a wide range of experiences and professional advice.

Carol Nairn
Paulette McDonald, M.A, CCC/A
Michigan Ear Institute
Candice Tackett, Au.D.
Phonak, LLC
Leslie Parent, M.S., CCC-A
Children's Hospital of Michigan - DMC
Gerry Hug, MA, CCC-A
Hugg Center for Hearing

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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Exhibit Hall Boxed Lunches with Exhibitors
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM Capitol I Harvey Abrams, PhD
Hearing Loss and its Co-morbidities: What Audiologists Need to Know

Hearing Loss and its Co-morbidities: What Audiologists Need to Know

0.2 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Hearing loss in the elderly population has increasingly been found to be associated with a constellation of co-morbid physiologic, functional and psychosocial conditions. The goal of this presentation is to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the nature of the co-morbidities associated with age-related hearing loss through a high-level review of the scientific literature linking presbycusis to such conditions as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive dysfunction to include dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, depression, social isolation, falls, and mortality. The presentation will highlight the experimental design, primary results, major limitations, and conclusions of each study reviewed as well as evidence supporting the mitigating effects of audiologic rehabilitation on co-morbid disorders and its implications for audiologic practice.

Harvey Abrams, PhD
Better Hearing Institute

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to list four co-morbid conditions associated with age-related hearing loss
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to summarize the results of two studies supporting the association between hearing loss and dementia
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss the clinical implications of the research reviewed in this presentation

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Consultant to Hearing Industries Association & Better Hearing Institute
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM Michigan II & III Katherine Heidenreich, MD
Comprehensive Review of BBPV for the Audiologist

Comprehensive Review of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo for the Audiologist

0.2 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of dizziness from the inner ear. This interactive presentation provides a comprehensive review of BPPV, with practical pearls to assist the audiologist in the diagnosis and management of this condition. We will review semicircular canal anatomy and physiology to explain why nystagmus is a hallmark feature of this disorder. Because most audiologists will encounter BPPV patients via referral for videonystagmography (VNG) testing, we will discuss relevant nuances associated with use of VNG in this population. An important component of this presentation is extensive use of eye videos to help participants gain proficiency in differentiating the nystagmus patterns associated with posterior, horizontal, and superior canal BPPV. For horizontal canal BPPV, we will discuss important lateralizing signs given this variant can elicit nystagmus with lying on the affected and healthy sides. Particle repositioning therapy will be covered for each semicircular canal variant of BPPV as well. Interesting historical anecdotes about BPPV will be discussed throughout this 2-hour lecture to keep the audience entertained, and include key figures like William Shakespeare and Charles Darwin.

Katherine Heidenreich, MD
Michigan Medicine, The University of Michigan

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to list the different nystagmus patterns associated with each semicircular canal variant of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe how to identify the affected ear in horizontal canal benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to demonstrate a particle repositioning maneuver to treat posterior semicircular canal benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • No disclosures to report
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM 2nd Floor Lobby Break
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Capitol I Laurel Gregory, M.A.
Keynote: How to Make your Staff Happy

How to Make Your Staff Happy

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Beginner, )

You envision a staff of happy, productive and satisfied employees. Working together, growing together and becoming an energetic and innovative team. However, for most this is not the reality. Team members feel disenfranchised, unmotivated and dissatisfied. Somewhere along the line they missed that magical memo: How to stay happy at your job. You are not alone, Gallup (2016) states that 70% of US employees are disengaged at their jobs, 20% are voluntarily quitting, and the cost is upwards of $550 billion per year in the US alone! Unhappy employees and replacing staff can be staggering to the bottom line of a healthcare business costing you dearly in low productivity and lost revenue and erodes the well-being of you and your team. Wouldn’t it be awesome if your business and your employees were flourishing? At this seminar, learn what successful private practices are doing to create engaged, satisfied employees and what over 250 employees desire that will keep them building your business. At the end of the session, you will leave with tools to create, change and sustain the career and life that will bring your team happiness and fulfillment and keep your business thriving.

Laurel Gregory, M.A.
Entheos Audiology Cooperative

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the cost of low employee engagement and employee replacement for their businesses
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to integrate strategies in their offices to increase employee engagement and job satisfaction
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to create an environment that promotes trust and autonomy

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Salary from Entheos Audiology Cooperative
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Exhibit Hall Happy Hour with Exhibitors

Day 2 : Friday October 27, 2017

Time Location Presenter(s) Title
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Exhibitor Hall Continental Breakfast
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2nd Floor Lobby Registration Open
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM Exhibitor Hall Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Capitol I MAC Membership Meeting

MAC membership meeting

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM Michigan II and III Philip Zazove, MD
Improving Detection of Hearing Loss

Improving Detection of Hearing Loss

0.1 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Hearing loss (HL), the number two disability in the United States, is clinically under-diagnosed despite its adverse sequelae. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has called for studies evaluating the effectiveness of population based HL screening.

This presentation will review our study to increase screening for HL and referral of appropriate patients aged ≥55 years. All study patients complete the Hearing Handicap Inventory (HHI). Independently, clinicians receive a brief educational program after which an electronic clinical prompt (intervention) alerts them (blinded to HHI results) to screen for HL during patient visits using the single question: Do You Think You Have A Hearing Loss?

Our pilot study on approximately 5,000 patients at two southeast Michigan sites increased audiology referral rates from 1.2% to 7.1% (p<0.001) within eight months, of whom 78% had hearing loss verified by audiologists; 28.0% of patients with HHI >10 were referred versus 7.4% with scores <10 (p<0.001). We also will discuss our current population-based study to validate the effectiveness of our program in real world settings. If confirmed, it should provide level 1 evidence for the USPSTF of the effectiveness of population-based screening for HL.

Philip Zazove, MD
Michigan Medicine Family Medicine Clinic

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the complexity of population screening
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss the complexity of primary care in regards to population screeening
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to apply knowledge to better identify people at risk for hearing loss

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Salary from Michigan Medicine

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8:45AM - 9:45 AM Capitol I David A. Zopf, MD, MS
Advances in Microtia Repair

Microtia Repair

0.1 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Beginner, )

Microtia/atresia impacts patients and families in several ways. In this session, these issues will be examined. Adequately addressing the many needs of these patients requires multidisciplinary care and can poise a great challenge. Current and future treatment options will be detailed. Individual patient examples will be used to highlight these points.

David A. Zopf, MD, MS
Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to assimilate patient specific issues with microtia/atresia.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to understand current treatment options for each.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to provide future potential therapies for each

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • No disclosures to report

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Capitol I Bobbie Monroe, AuD
Pediatric Grand Rounds: The Changing Roles of the Educational Audiologist

Pediatric Grand Rounds: The Changing Roles of the Educational Audiologist

0.1 ASHA/AAA CEUs (, )
Katherine Woodburne, Au.D.
Northview Public Schools< MI
Dairlis (Dee) Rigg
Tuscola Intermediate School District
Bobbie Monroe, AuD
Anderson Eye Associates/Saginaw ISD

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to list the many educational audiology job types we are now using in the state of Michigan.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe how the role of the educational audiologist has evolved regarding new methods for teaching our students in public and private schools
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be learn how the clinical pediatric audiologists and educational audiologists work as a team to provide optimal audiology services to our students.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Michigan II and III Emily Nairn, Au.D.
Adult Grand Rounds: Tinnitus - The Buzz in Audiology

Grand Rounds: Tinnitus - The Buzz in Audiology

0.1 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

3 case studies of patients with different degrees and etiologies of tinnitus will be presented. The history of each case will be thoroughly discussed as well as methods of treatment. Participants will be taken through a time-line from the initial appointment, through the end of treatment. Various outcomes of the treatment will be discussed with participants.

Emily Nairn, Au.D.
Michigan Medicine
Karrie Slominski, Au.D.
Henry Ford Hospital
Sally Delong, M.A., CCC-A, FAAA
Michigan Ear Institute

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to list 3 methods to properly counseling a tinnitus patient.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to set up an individualized tinnitus management program.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to objectively and subjectively documenting outcomes of treatment.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • salary from individual institutions
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Capitol II - IV Paulette McDonald, M.A, CCC/A
Audiology Forum & Lunch

Audiology Forum

0.1 ASHA/AAA CEUs (, )
Paulette McDonald, M.A, CCC/A
Michigan Ear Institute
Tom Oconnor, M.A.
Oconnor Hearing Center

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be informed of legislative issues affecting audiologists in Michigan and nationally.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be informed of current updates of Michigan licensure and Early Hearing Detection and Intervention.
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be involved in a survey to help determine how the Michigan Audiology organization can better serve the members needs
1:00 PM - 4:45 PM Capitol I Bopanna Ballachanda, PhD
Cerumen Impaction and Clinical Management

Cerumen Impaction: Clinical Management

0.35 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Cerumen, or “earwax,” is a naturally occurring substance that cleans, protects, and lubricates the external auditory canal. It is also the primary reason why the ear canal can become obstructed. While often harmless, blockage of the ear canal by cerumen can lead to a host of symptoms: hearing loss, tinnitus, fullness, itching, otalgia, discharge, odor, and cough. In addition, cerumen impaction can prevent diagnostic assessment by preventing complete examination of the external auditory canal and/or eardrum (tympanic membrane) or by interfering with diagnostic assessment (i.e., audiometry, tympanometry, and other hearing and balance tests). About 12 million people in the United States annually seek medical care for problematic cerumen, resulting in nearly 8 million cerumen removal procedures. Nearly $50 million was spent by Medicare in 2012 for cerumen-related procedures, and cerumen impaction was a diagnosis in up to 5% of Medicare patients. Moreover, excessive or impacted cerumen in elderly and developmentally delayed, is underdiagnosed and likely undertreated. Audiologists are faced with the problems of impacted cerumen due to hearing aid use and its effect on hearing aids and reduced hearing abilities.

Bopanna Ballachanda, PhD
Audiology Management Group

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to visualize and identify various pathologies of the outer ear.
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to manage cerumen impaction using various procedures
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to select various equipment and supplies required to effectively manage cerumen impaction
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Michigan II and III Patricia McCarthy, PhD
21st Century Audiologic Rehabilitation: Changing with the Times

21st Century Audiologic Rehabilitation: Changing with the Times

0.15 ASHA/AAA CEUs (, )

In the early 21st Century, every aspect of society is experiencing dramatic changes instigated by technology, science, the economy, demographics, politics and public policy. Arguably no facet of society is experiencing the pressures of change more than healthcare. Audiology is not immune to these changes which present not only threats but also opportunities. In this session, we examine how audiologic rehabilitation processes and delivery can be adapted to successfully meet the rehabilitative needs of a changing patient demographic, economy and healthcare environment.

Patricia McCarthy, PhD
Rush University

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the societal changes that influence audiologic rehabilitation in the early 21st Century
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify innovative models for delivering audiologic rehabilitation in the early 21st Century
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss methods for effectively incorporating social media into audiological rehabilitation

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Salary from Rush University
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM Michigan II and III D'Anne Rudden, AuD
Listen Up! Using Social Media Effectively in Your Audiology Practice

Listen Up! Using Social Media Effectively in Your Audiology Practice

0.2 ASHA/AAA CEUs (Intermediate, )

Social media is an essential part of today’s modern marketing plan. In this class, you will identify critical social media platforms and learn to leverage them effectively to enhance your brand image. Learn how to engage with potential patients and their influencers to cultivate a vibrant online community. Access tangible tools and time management techniques to create compelling content efficiently and effectively. Expect discussion and participation activities that will have you thinking, creating and making the connections needed to expand your reach immediately! The future is NOW!

D'Anne Rudden, AuD
Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus 

Learner Outcomes

  • 1. Upon completion, participants will be able to develop a social media strategy for their unique practice needs
  • 2. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify new trends in social media marketing and how to use them to maximize target audience engagement
  • 3. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss techniques to create interesting and engaging social media post content to inform and inspire their online communities.

Financial/Non-Financial Disclosures

  • Intellectual Property Rights and Consulting Fee with AuDConnex Practice Management Group
  • Global Hearing Ambassador Mission Volunteer for Starkey Hearing Foundation

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Speaker Bios

Bobbie Monroe, AuD
Clinical Audiologist/Educational Audiologist
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Bobbie Monroe, AuD
Clinical Audiologist/Educational Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Bobbie Monroe, AuD graduated from University of Florida in 2008. She completed her fourth year externship at the University of Michigan Medical Center. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings. She is currently dividing her time between a private practice and also provides educational services to students in Saginaw, Bay and Arenac Counties.

Affiliations

  • Anderson Eye Associates/Saginaw ISD
Bopanna Ballachanda, PhD
Director of Central Operations
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Bopanna Ballachanda, PhD
Director of Central Operations

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Bopanna Ballachanda, spear headed the first cerumen management workshop for audiologists in 1992. He has lectured and conducted workshops at state, national, and international meetings. He has authored the book “Human Ear Canal” published by Plural Publishers in San Diego. He was a audiologist on the task force by the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgeon is 2007 and 2016 to write the “Clinical Practice Guideline (Update): Earwax (Cerumen Impaction). The presentation will include information on anatomy, pathology of the ear canal as well as physiology and pathophysiology of cerumen. The primary and secondary management of cerumen impaction will be presented.

Affiliations

  • Audiology Management Group
Candice Tackett, Au.D.
Territory Manager
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Candice Tackett, Au.D.
Territory Manager

Speaker's Bio

Candice is a graduate of Western Michigan University and currently is a territory manager for Phonak, LLC. Previously she worked in private practice with adult hearing aids and assistive devices. Candice is committed to increasing awareness of audiology amongst the average person and advocating for our profession and the people we serve to better meet the needs of those patients.

Affiliations

  • Phonak, LLC
Carol Nairn
Financial Specialist
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Carol Nairn
Financial Specialist

Speaker's Bio

Carole Nairn’s background in finance began in 2004 after 10 years in the insurance industry, when she became the executive assistant to the Investment and Life manager at AAA in 2004. After 2 years training and learning the finance world, Mrs. Nairn took a position at Tisch Investments as a 401K administrator. Her duties included managing all corporate 401K plans, balancing and trading funds, and preparing / presenting investment portfolios to corporations. When Tisch Investments became Stancorp Investments in 2008, she continued on for another 6 years before retiring in 2014. Mrs. Nairn resides in Ann Arbor with her husband, and spends her free time gardening, sewing, and looking after her 7 year old granddaughter Allie.

D'Anne Rudden, AuD
Director of Social Media
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D'Anne Rudden, AuD
Director of Social Media

Speaker's Bio

Dr. D’Anne Rudden is the owner of Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus Center in Longmont, Colorado. She currently serves as the Director of Social Media for AuDConnex Practice Management Group and is considered an industry expert on Social Media and Marketing with published articles in Audiology Today, Seminars in Hearing, Audiology Practices, and The Hearing Journal. Dr. Rudden is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She travels nationally as a sought-after public speaker, thought leader and greatness enabler. Connect with her on social media channels (@AudioDocRudden) and on her websites – www.longmonthearing.com and www.dannerudden.com

Affiliations

  • Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus 
  • AuDConnex Practice Management Group
Dairlis (Dee) Rigg
Educational Audiologist
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Dairlis (Dee) Rigg
Educational Audiologist

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Affiliations

  • Tuscola Intermediate School District
David A. Zopf, MD, MS
Pediatric Otolaryngologist
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David A. Zopf, MD, MS
Pediatric Otolaryngologist

Speaker's Bio

Dr. David Zopf has comprehensive training caring for and treating patients with Microtia/Atresia. Dr. Zopf completed his surgical residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at University of Michigan, one of the leading training programs in the world. He then went on to complete a fellowship at University of Washington – Seattle Children’s, one of the largest craniofacial centers in the country, where he obtained extensive exposure to caring for children with microtia. Dr. Zopf has an active research lab that utilized 3D Printing for surgical modeling, high fidelity simulation, medical device development, and tissue engineering ear cartilage. He has published extensively in these areas. Dr. Zopf also leads a medical mission to Cusco, Peru, where he performs microtia and cleft reconstructive surgeries.

Affiliations

  • Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan
Dawna Lewis, PhD
Director, Listening and Learning Laboratory
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Dawna Lewis, PhD
Director, Listening and Learning Laboratory

Speaker's Bio

Dawna Lewis, PhD, is a researcher in the Center for Hearing Research at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. She has presented and published on topics involving pediatric audiology/amplification and hearing assistance technologies. Dr. Lewis is involved in research addressing issues related to amplification and speech perception in children. Her most recent work has focused on children with mild bilateral or unilateral hearing loss.

Affiliations

  • Boystown National Research Hospital
Emily Nairn, Au.D.
Audiologist
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Emily Nairn, Au.D.
Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Emily Nairn, AuD is a clinical audiologist in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Audiology at the University of Michigan. She began her career there in 2012 after being awarded her doctoral degree in audiology from A.T. Still University. Her clinical work at U of M includes adult diagnostics, amplification management for hearing loss, aural rehabilitation, management of implantable bone-conduction devices and therapy for Meniere’s disease. She also has a keen interest in the area of tinnitus management, and has had an active role in the development and administration of the tinnitus management program at the university.
A Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology since 2013, Dr. Nairn has served as Chair of the AAA political action committee since 2015. She recently accepted a position on the Alumni Board for her alma mater, A.T. Still University. She resides with her daughter in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Affiliations

  • Michigan Medicine
Erika Skoe, PhD
Assistant Professor
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Erika Skoe, PhD
Assistant Professor

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Erika Skoe received her Ph.D. and postdoctoral training from Northwestern University under the direction of Nina Kraus, Ph.D. Dr. Skoe joined the University of Connecticut faculty in 2013 as part of the University’s initiative to invest in brain and cognitive sciences. She is affiliated with the audiology division of the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and is an affiliate of the newly-formed UConn Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the recently-opened UConn Brain Imaging Research Center.

Dr. Skoe’s research focuses on how environmental enrichment and impoverishment affect how the brain encodes sound, and her work in this area has been featured in premier neuroscientific journals. Her research combines behavioral and neuroelectric measures of auditory function to study diverse populations, including musicians, bilinguals, children from low socioeconomic backgrounds, reading-impaired populations, and populations at risk for noise-induced hearing loss.

Affiliations

  • University of Connecticut
Gerry Hug, MA, CCC-A
Founder
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Gerry Hug, MA, CCC-A
Founder

Speaker's Bio

Mr. Hug earned his Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University. He has over 25 years of experience, including 13 years as an Audiology Satellite Coordinator at the Henry Ford Medical Center.

Mr. Hug is most interested in adult hearing aid fitting, verification, assistive listening devices, hearing rehabilitation and counseling. He is the founder of Hug Center for Hearing, which was established in 1996. He has and continues to supervise 4th year Au.D. candidates from several universities in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois.

Affiliations

  • Hugg Center for Hearing
Harvey Abrams, PhD
Senior Research Consultant
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Harvey Abrams, PhD
Senior Research Consultant

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Abrams has served in a number of academic, clinical, research, and administrative capacities with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, academia and private industry to include Chief of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service and Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, the Director of Research at the Army Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Director of Audiology Research at Starkey Hearing Technologies. He currently serves as a Senior Research Consultant to Starkey Hearing Technologies, the Hearing Industries Association and the Better Hearing Institute. He received his undergraduate degree from the George Washington University and his master’s and doctoral training in audiology and hearing science at the University of Florida. He is a frequent lecturer on the topics of outcome measures, health-related quality of life, professional issues, and evidence-based audiologic practice. His research has focused on treatment efficacy and improved quality of life associated with audiologic intervention to include, most recently, computer-based auditory training.

Affiliations

  • Better Hearing Institute
Karrie Slominski, Au.D.
Audiologist
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Karrie Slominski, Au.D.
Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Slominski received her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Salus University in 2005. She earned her Master of Audiology degree from Wayne State University and an Arts in Communication Disorders from Michigan State University in 2000. Go Green! She teaches amplification courses to 1st and 2nd year doctoral candidates.

Affiliations

  • Henry Ford Hospital
Katherine Heidenreich, MD
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology
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Katherine Heidenreich, MD
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology

Speaker's Bio

Katherine Heidenreich, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan. In addition to maintaining a busy otology practice, she also serves as the Medical Director of the Vestibular Testing Center. Her research is clinically oriented and focused on disorders of the semicircular canals.

Affiliations

  • Michigan Medicine, The University of Michigan
Katherine Woodburne, Au.D.
Educational Audiologist at Northview Public Schools/Kent County ISD and Clinical Audiologist at Metro Health ENT-HNS
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Katherine Woodburne, Au.D.
Educational Audiologist at Northview Public Schools/Kent County ISD and Clinical Audiologist at Metro Health ENT-HNS

Speaker's Bio

Kate Woodburne is a graduate from Central Michigan University. She has been an educational audiologist for the last 15 years in Northview Public Schools (in MI), service within their 504 students and center-based HI programs. She has had extensive experiences in industrial, private practice and ENT/Clinics prior to her tenure in the school district.

Affiliations

  • Northview Public Schools< MI
Laurel Gregory, M.A.
Director of Training and Development
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Laurel Gregory, M.A.
Director of Training and Development

Speaker's Bio

Laurel 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 25 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 developing teams that are connected, energized and innovative.

Affiliations

  • Entheos Audiology Cooperative
Leslie Parent, M.S., CCC-A
Senior Pediatric Audiologist
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Leslie Parent, M.S., CCC-A
Senior Pediatric Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Leslie earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Windsor in 2000. She then obtained her master s degree in Audiology at Wayne State University in 2003. She quickly began her career at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and has been the Supervisor of Pediatric Audiology since 2008 and Cochlear Implant Program Coordinator since 2006. Her passions include supervising audiology graduate students in the clinic and teaching the Pediatric Audiology course at Wayne State University as an adjunct instructor.

Affiliations

  • Children's Hospital of Michigan - DMC
Lori Van Riper, Ph.D
Grand Rounds Moderator
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Lori Van Riper, Ph.D
Grand Rounds Moderator

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Van Riper is moderating the pediatric grand rounds session at the MAC conference.

Affiliations

  • Michigan Medicine, The University of Michigan
Michael Page, AuD
Audiologist
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Michael Page, AuD
Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Michael Page, AuD, has extensive experience in adult and pediatric audiology. He served as a member of the Utah Cochlear Implant team, and has served as president, Utah Speech-Language-Hearing Association, member of the Primary Children’s Medical Center Bioethics Committee, and board chair for the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. He has held adjunct faculty positions at Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and University of Utah. He served as chair and committee member of the AAA Ethical Practices Committee, Manager of Audiology/Cochlear Implant Program at Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, as well as various management and executive positions with industry. He is presently self-employed as a business consultant for ethical practices, professional boundaries, and industry relationships.

Affiliations

  • Self-Employed
Patricia McCarthy, PhD
Professor & AuD Program Director
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Patricia McCarthy, PhD
Professor & AuD Program Director

Speaker's Bio

Patricia McCarthy, Ph.D., is Professor and Audiology Program Director in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Rush University in Chicago and is a faculty member at the Ida Institute in Denmark. She has served as Board member and Convention Chair for the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and chaired multiple committees for state professional organizations. She has been awarded the AAA Clinical Educator Award, the President’s Distinguished Service Medal, is an American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Fellow and the recipient of multiple teaching awards including the Rush University Excellence in Teaching Award. She is co-editor of the classic textbook Rehabilitative Audiology: Children and Adults. Her research, national and international presentations, publications, patient care and teaching have focused on adult audiologic rehabilitation.

Affiliations

  • Rush University
Paulette McDonald, M.A, CCC/A
Director of Audiology
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Paulette McDonald, M.A, CCC/A
Director of Audiology

Speaker's Bio

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.

Affiliations

  • Michigan Ear Institute
Philip Zazove, MD
Professor
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Philip Zazove, MD
Professor

Speaker's Bio

Philip Zazove completed his undergraduate education at Northwestern University, receiving his B.A. and M.S. degrees. He obtained his medical doctorate from Washington University and his family medicine residency training at the University of Utah. He also holds a Masters in Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Dr. Zazove currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. He also is the George A. Dean, M.D. Chair of Family Medicine. Dr. Zazove is one of country’s first deaf physicians, which triggered his interest in diversity and health inclusion. His main area of research and clinical focus has been health services for the underserved community of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Dr. Zazove has extensively published over 60 papers, chapters and books in this area as well as receiving funding from multiple grants (including the NIH). He currently leads a multi-center prospective trial studying how we can better identify elderly patients with unidentified hearing loss. As part of his interest in maximizing care for populations, he also is involved in the provision of medical benefits for populations. In this role, he currently chairs the group advising the University of Michigan on medical benefits for its 100,000+ employees and their families.

Dr. Zazove has served on multiple local, regional and national boards and committees related to hearing loss and disability. He also has written two books, one an autobiography entitled “When The Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes” and the other a novel featuring a deaf protagonist (“Four Days In Michigan”). Dr. Zazove lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, also a family physician, and their two dogs.

Affiliations

  • Michigan Medicine Family Medicine Clinic
Richard Tyler, PhD
Professor
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Richard Tyler, PhD
Professor

Speaker's Bio

Rich was trained as a clinical audiologist at The University of Western Ontario and then completed a Ph.D. in Psychoacoustics and The University of Iowa. He worked initially at the Institute of Hearing Research in the United Kingdom and is currently a Professor in both the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa. His scientific work includes the quantification of tinnitus, necessary for its investigation, as well as the investigation of different treatments. Dr. Tyler sees tinnitus patients weekly, and hosts an annual Tinnitus Treatment Workshop. He has edited The Tinnitus Handbook (2000), Tinnitus Treatments: Clinical Protocols Tyler, R.S. (Ed.). (2006), and The Consumer Handbook on Tinnitus (2008, 2016). Rich has served on committees for the National Science Foundation, the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the Veterans Administration.

Affiliations

  • University of Iowa, Otolaryngology, Speech Sciences and Communication
Sally Delong, M.A., CCC-A, FAAA
Audiologist
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Sally Delong, M.A., CCC-A, FAAA
Audiologist

Speaker's Bio

Sally Delong, M.A. CCC-A, FAA. has worked as a clinical audiologist for the Michigan Ear Institute for 37 years. Prior to becoming an audiologist Ms. Delong was a teacher of the Hearing Impaired in Detroit. MI She received her B.A from Eastern MI University in Special Education. After teaching, she obtained her Master’s in Audiology from Wayne State University. Along with Tinnitus Evaluations, Ms. Delong performs Hearing Aid Evaluations, dispenses hearing aids, does Vestibular Testing and is part of the Cochlear Implant team.

Affiliations

  • Michigan Ear Institute
Tom Oconnor, M.A.
Grand Rounds Moderator
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Tom Oconnor, M.A.
Grand Rounds Moderator

Speaker's Bio

Tom O’Connor is moderating the Tinnitus grand rounds session at the MAC conference.

Affiliations

  • Oconnor Hearing Center

Radisson Lansing at the Capitol

Welcome to the Radisson Lansing at the Capitol! Our hotel’s prime location in downtown Lansing, MI offers a direct connection to the Lansing Center, with one of the largest convention and meeting facilities in Michigan.

A reduced room rate is available between the dates of October 25-28, 2017. Under “More Search Options” enter the code: MACR17. This rate is only available before October 1, 2017.

There are two parking options for conference attendees:
1. Parking at the Radisson: Valet parking is $10 per night for overnight guests and $20 per entry for other attendees. Self park rates at the Radisson are $1 per ½ hour, with a maximum of $10 per day.
2. City-Owned Ramp connected to hotel: Rates are $1 per ½ hour, with a maximum of $10 per day.

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