This course provides a discussion of the evidence base for key hearing aid features, presented by representatives from leading hearing aid manufacturers and moderated by Dr. Catherine Palmer.
Course created on September 26, 2014
- Participants will be able to list the differentiating features between leading manufacturers’ tinnitus signal processing.
- Participants will be able to describe advances in directional microphone technology and key features of various systems available from leading manufacturers.
- Participants will be able to discuss the connectivity solutions from leading manufacturers and what makes each unique.
|5-25 Minutes||Tinnitus signal processing in hearing aids.|
|25-75 Minutes||Advances in directional technology|
|75-105 Minutes||Connectivity solutions|
|105-115 Minutes||Innovations for severe hearing loss|
|115-120 Minutes||Summary, Wrap Up|
Catherine Palmer, PhD
Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of Audiology and Hearing Aids at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Catherine Palmer is an Associate 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. Dr. Palmer conducts research in the areas of adult auditory learning post hearing aid fitting and matching technology to individual needs. Dr. Palmer teaches the graduate level amplification courses at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Seminars in Hearing. Dr. Palmer opened the Musicians’ Hearing Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2003 and has focused a great deal of energy on community hearing health since that time. This work has included a partnership with the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Symphony that promotes hearing protection for young and professional musicians.
Francis Kuk, PhD
Vice President of Clinical Research, Widex
Bill Dickinson, AuD
Vice President of Audiology, Phonak
Brian Taylor, AuD
Director of Practice Development & Clinical Affairs, Unitron
Brian Taylor is the Director of Practice Development & Clinical Affairs for Unitron. He is also the Editor of Audiology Practices, the quarterly publication of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. During the first decade of his career, he practiced clinical audiology in both medical and retail settings. Since 2003, Dr. Taylor has held a variety of management positions within the industry in both the United States and Europe. He has published over 30 articles and book chapters on topics related to hearing aids, diagnostic audiology and business management. Brian is the co-author, along with Gus Mueller, of the text book Fitting and Dispensing Hearing Aids, published by Plural, Inc. He holds a Master’s degree in audiology from the University of Massachusetts and a doctorate in audiology from Central Michigan University. Brian Taylor is the Director of Practice Development & Clinical Affairs for Unitron. He is also the Editor of Audiology Practices.
Donald J. Schum, PhD
Vice President of Audiology and Professional Relations, Oticon
Don Schum currently serves as Vice President for Audiology & Professional Relations for Oticon, Inc. Previous to his position at Oticon in Somerset, Don served as the Director of Audiology for the main Oticon office in Copenhagen Denmark. In addition, he served as the Director of the Hearing Aid Lab at the University of Iowa, School of Medicine (1990-1995) and as an Assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina (1988-1990). During his professional career, Dr. Schum has been an active researcher in the areas of Hearing Aids, Speech Understanding, and Outcome Measures. (B.S. in Speech & Hearing Science, University of Illinois M.A. in Audiology, University of Iowa Ph.D. in Audiology, Louisiana State University.)
Dave Fabry, PhD
Dave Fabry, Ph.D. has divided his career equally between medical centers (Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, University of Miami) and industry (Phonak, Starkey, ReSound). He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota, is a past Board Member and President of the American Academy of Audiology) and currently serves as Editor-In-Chief for Audiology Today.
Thomas A. Powers, PhD
Vice-President, Product Management & Government Accounts, Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc.
Dr. Thomas A. Powers is Vice President of Product Management and Government Accounts for Siemens Hearing Instruments. He oversees the entire product life-cycle process and also manages the sales and contracting services for the Department of Veteran Affairs and other government agencies. He has lectured extensively at state, national, and international conferences on hearing instrument technology, outcome measures, and directional microphone technology. Dr. Powers received his Ph.D. from Ohio University and serves on the advisory board of both Ohio University’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and the Audiology and Speech Sciences Department of Purdue University.
Erica Koehler, AuD
Erica Koehler, Au.D., is an audiologist within the GN ReSound Global Audiology Group. She began her career at GN ReSound in 2008 in the Research Group and transitioned into Global Audiology in 2010 where she is involved in planning and conducting clinical research trials of hearing instrument technologies, and provides audiologic input during fitting software design and development.
Financial: Francis Kuk is employed by Widex. Non-financial: Francis Kuk has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Bill Dickinson is employed by Phonak. Non-financial: Bill Dickinson has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Dave Fabry is employed by Starkey. Non-financial: Dave Fabry has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Tom Powers is employed by Siemens. Non-financial: Tom Powers has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Brian Taylor is employed by Unitron. Non-financial: Brian Taylor has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Don Schum is employed by Oticon. Non-financial: Don Schum has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Erica Koehler is employed by GN ReSound. Non-financial: Erica Koehler has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Content Disclosure: This course reviews products and technology from various hearing aid manufacturers.
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