Moderated by Dr. Catherine Palmer, this roundtable discussion brings together 5 industry experts from leading hearing aid (Oticon, Resound, Starkey, Unitron) and cochlear implant companies (MED-EL), as part of the 2021 Industry Innovations Summit. The evidence behind new amplification technologies and their practical benefits for professionals and patients will be addressed in a dynamic roundtable discussion format.
Course created on March 31, 2021
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- After this course, participants will be able to list 3 innovations that will have an impact on their practice and patients.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the benefits of the innovations to their practice and their patients.
- After this course, participants will be able to translate research findings described by industry experts into practical solutions for their practice and patients.
|5-25 Minutes||Topic 1 Innovation Discussion|
|25-45 Minutes||Topic 2 Innovation Discussion|
|45-65 Minutes||Topic 3 Innovation Discussion|
|65-85 Minutes||Topic 4 Innovation Discussion|
|85-100 Minutes||Topic 5 Innovation Discussion|
|100-115 Minutes||Putting it all together for your Clinic|
|115-120 Minutes||Summary and Q&A|
Catherine Palmer is Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as the Director of Audiology and Hearing Aids at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center including the UPMC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Palmer conducts research in the areas of auditory learning post hearing aid fitting, the relationship between hearing, cognitive health and health outcomes, and matching technology to individual needs. She has published over 80 articles and book chapters in these topic areas as well as provided over 100 national and international presentations. Dr. Palmer teaches the graduate level amplification courses at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Seminars in Hearing.
Chief Audiology Officer at Resound
Laurel A. Christensen, PhD, is currently Chief Audiology Officer for ReSound. In this role she leads all aspects of audiology for the company including new product trials, audiology input to marketing, and global audiology relations which encompasses training and product support to subsidiaries world-wide. In addition to her position at ReSound, she holds adjunct faculty appointments at Northwestern and Rush Universities. She served as an Associate Editor for both Trends in Amplification and the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research. She currently serves as an Editorial Consultant for several other professional journals. She is a member of the Executive Board of the American Auditory Society and a member of the Advisory Board for the Au.D. Program at Rush University. Dr. Christensen received her Master’s degree in clinical audiology in 1989 and her Ph.D. in audiology in 1992 both from Indiana University.
Chief Innovation Officer for Starkey
As Chief Innovation Officer, Dave Fabry, Ph.D., leads end-to-end innovations within Starkey’s clinical audiology department. His collaboration with the engineering and marketing teams allows Starkey Hearing Technologies to continue to design and provide superior products. Dave Fabry received his Ph.D. in hearing science from the University of Minnesota. Subsequently, he divided his career between academic/clinical roles at the Mayo Clinic, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the University of Miami Medical Center, and several industry positions. He served as President and Board Member of the American Academy of Audiology and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Auditory Society. Additionally, Dave Fabry is a past Editor-in-Chief of Audiology Today, a past Editor of the American Journal of Audiology, and Section Editor of Ear and Hearing. He is licensed as an Audiologist in Minnesota, Florida, and Rwanda. His 30+ years of industry experience and proven ability to implement forward-thinking concepts is instrumental in shaping the future innovations at Starkey Hearing Technologies.
Vice President of Education and Corporate Communication at MED-EL Corporation
Darla is the Vice President of Education and Corporate Communications at MED-EL Corporation. As an audiologist, Darla began working with cochlear implant recipients clinically in 1988 and later joined MED-EL Corporation in 1997. Darla’s passion is ensuring that clinicians working with hearing implants develop a strong foundation in providing excellent patient care.
Director of Clinical Research at Unitron
As Director of Clinical Research, Dr. Donald Hayes is responsible for leading the company’s audiology research efforts, as well as new product concept testing and validation. Don joined Unitron Hearing in 2002 as Manager, Audiology Research. Prior to joining Unitron, Don held the positions of Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati and Lecturer in the Department of Speech Pathology at the University of Toronto. Don has also worked as an Audiologist Consultant for Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto and the Canadian Ministry of Health as part of the Sioux Lookout Project. Don works with a network of audiology experts around the world to develop new hearing solutions that incorporate innovative technologies and improve the lives of people with hearing loss. Don holds a Ph.D. in Audiology from the University of Cincinnati and has published articles in several peer-reviewed and trade journals over the years.
Manager of Technology Assessment at Oticon
For nearly 20 years, Annette Mazevski, AuD, PhD has been involved in auditory and hearing aid research within academia and in industry. For the past 8 years, she has been the Manager of Technology Assessment at Oticon, Inc. Her role includes facilitating greater understanding about Oticon products and feature sets to professionals, students and consumers. She demonstrates and encourages use of verification techniques with Oticon products, unravels difficult troubleshooting scenarios, and evaluates new and emerging technologies as well as current products and technologies. She has presented on and published in numerous areas, including mobile app development and usage, digital signal processing. and tinnitus. She completed her AuD from the University of Pittsburgh and her PhD from Gallaudet University, in which her focus was on aging adults and how changes in audibility and memory affect speech task performance.
Laurel Christensen: Financial: Laurel A. Christensen is employed by ReSound. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern and Rush Universities. Non-financial: Laurel Christensen serves as an Editorial Consultant for several professional journals. She is a member of the Executive Board of the American Auditory Society and a member of the Advisory Board for the AuD Program at Rush University.
Donald Hayes: Financial: Donald Hayes, PhD is the Director of Clinical Research at Unitron Hearing. rNon-financial: Donald Hayes has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Annette Mazevski: Financial: Annette Mazevski is employed by Oticon, Inc. Non-financial: Annette Mazevski has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Darla Franz: Financial: Darla Franz is employed by MED-EL corporation. Non-financial: Darla Franz has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Catherine Palmer: Financial: Catherine Palmer is employed by the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. Catherine Palmer is the editor-in-chief of Seminars in Hearing and received an honorarium for this course. Non-financial: Catherine Palmer has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
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