Legislative and regulatory changes are imminent that will impact the hearing aid delivery options for millions of consumers with hearing loss. As experts in hearing and balance, audiologists need to stay at the forefront of hearing aid technology, treatment and clinical services, and add measurable value to the consumer’s journey to better hearing. This 4-part webinar series features leading experts discussing a few of the countless scenarios where audiology care is paramount to better patient outcomes. Topics covered include bimodal fittings, optimization of hearing aid gain and output, and tinnitus treatment. The series wraps up with an expert review of the straight facts regarding the function and application of over the counter hearing aids. This series is designed to help audiologists leverage their unique clinical expertise in order to adapt and succeed in the changing hearing care market.
Course created on October 2, 2017
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- After this course learners will be able to discuss implications of for pediatric bimodal fittings.
- After this course learners will be able to describe the methods to assure that appropriate gain and output are present for each patient and discuss the potential negative outcomes that could occur if appropriate gain and output are not achieved.
- After this course learners will be able to contrast sound therapy based options and describe methods for sound therapy applications and for effective sound therapy tinnitus management.
- After this course learners will be able to list the next steps that the OTC Hearing Aid Act must take before it is enacted, list the decisions that the FDA must make related to OTC hearing aids and discuss possible pathways to market for OTC hearing aids.
|0-60 Minutes||Clinical Implications for Pediatric Bimodal Fittings|
|60-120 Minutes||Hearing Aid Verification: What You Can't Buy Over the Counter|
|120-180 Minutes||Sound Approaches to Tinnitus Management|
|180-240 Minutes||Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids: Just the Facts|
Lisa Davidson is an associate professor in the CID Research Department at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., in addition to being the Director of Audiology Outcomes at the CID Oral School for the Deaf. She has been involved in the programming and fitting of cochlear implants and hearing aids at CID since 1987. She has participated in data collection as well as test and curriculum development for research projects involving children using different sensory aids as well as projects designed to evaluate strategies to optimize cochlear implants and hearing aids for children. She is the primary investigator on an NIH sponsored grant (R01 DC012778NIH/NIDCD)- “The Effects of Early Acoustic Hearing for Pediatric Cochlear Implant Recipients”. Dr. Davidson is also a faculty member in the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS) at Washington University School of Medicine.
H. Gustav Mueller
Professor of Audiology, Vanderbilt University
Dr. H. Gustav Mueller is Professor of Audiology, Vanderbilt University and also holds faculty positions with the University of Northern Colorado and Rush University. He is the Senior Audiology consultant for Sivantos and Contributing Editor for AudiologyOnline. Dr. Mueller is a Founder of the American Academy of Audiology and a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association. He has published extensively in the areas of diagnostic audiology and hearing aid applications, and has co-authored several books, including the Audiologists’ Desk Reference (Volumes I and II), Fitting and Dispensing Hearing Aids, and most recently Modern Hearing Aids. Gus is the co-founder of the popular website www.earTunes.com, and resides on a North Dakota island, just outside of Bismarck.
AuD, PhD, MPH
Christopher Spankovich is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Spankovich obtained his Master of Public Health from Emory University (Atlanta, GA), AuD from Rush University (Chicago, IL), and PhD from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). Dr. Spankovich is a clinician-scientist with a translational research program focused on prevention and treatment of acquired forms of hearing loss, tinnitus, and sound sensitivity. His research includes clinical trials of otoprotectant agents, epidemiological studies of determinants (e.g. dietary quality) of hearing loss and tinnitus, basic research in thermal stress for prevention of ototoxicity, and translational research on the effects of noise on auditory physiology and perception. Dr. Spankovich’s clinical interests include tinnitus, sound sensitivity, ototoxicity, hearing conservation, and auditory evoked potentials.
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.
Gus Mueller: Financial: Dr. Mueller has a private audiology consulting practice and is the Senior Audiology consultant for Siemens Hearing Instruments. He serves as a Contributing Editor for AudiologyOnline and the hearing aids series editor for Plural Publishing. Dr. Mueller is the author of many textbooks regarding hearing aid selection and fitting. Non-Financial: Dr. Mueller has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Christopher Spankovich: Financial: Christopher Spankovich is employed by University of Mississippi Medical Center. He has participated in research in the area of hearing loss and tinnitus. He received an honorarium for presenting this course. Non-financial: Christopher Spankovich has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Catherine Palmer: Financial: Catherine. Palmer is employed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Catherine Palmer is the editor-in-chief of Seminars in Hearing. Dr. Palmer received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Catherine Palmer has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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