Build your knowledge with this four-course series presented in partnership with the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL). A world leader in hearing research and innovation, NAL shares applied research outcomes that are practical to a wide range of expertise, from clinical appointments to technology innovation. Maximize your skills and incorporate evidence-based research in your practice with these short, high-impact webinars designed to improve hearing healthcare.
Course created on November 4, 2021
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- After this course, participants will be able to explain how innovative technology provides unique solutions for different segments of people with hearing loss. (Part 1)
- After this course, participants will be able to identify current tools to evaluate speech discrimination abilities in infants and toddlers and potential implications for early intervention. (Part 2)
- After this course, participants will be able to explain common cognitive biases and breakdowns in communication that can occur in the appointment setting and be able to identify strategies to overcome these. (Part 3)
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the main motivators behind ecological momentary assessment (EMA) solutions to determine real world evidence of existing and emerging technologies. (Part 4)
|0-60 Minutes||Innovation at NAL on Emerging Trends in Hearing Health Care|
|60-120 Minutes||Novel Diagnostic and Evaluation Tools, presented in partnership with NAL|
|120-180 Minutes||Empowerment and Behavioral Insights in Client Decision Making, presented in partnership with NAL|
|180-240 Minutes||Technology Validation in Real World Environments and Design Thinking Solutions, presented in partnership with NAL|
Brent Edwards, Ph.D., is the Director of the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL), where he is currently leading new innovation initiatives that focus on transforming hearing healthcare. For over 22 years he headed research at major hearing aid companies and at Silicon Valley startups that have developed innovative hearing health technologies and clinical tools used worldwide.
Dr. Zhang is a Senior Researcher with over 20 years of experience in the area of hearing assessment and rehabilitation for children with hearing loss. She is currently a line manager at National Acoustic Laboratories, and also an honorary research fellow in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University. Her main research has focused on investigating the efficacy of early intervention for populations of children with bilateral hearing loss or unilateral hearing loss, and evaluation of sound detection and discrimination in children with hearing loss.
Joaquin Tomas Valderrama-Valenzuela
Dr. Valderrama-Valenzuela is a Senior Research Scientist currently leading the Electrophysiology section at the National Acoustic Laboratories (Sydney, Australia). His research interests include the analysis of brain signals to ecologically-valid stimuli like natural speech, the diagnosis of early signs of hearing loss, and the evaluation of listening effort – a common complaint of people with hearing difficulties.
Simon Alperstein is a Behavioral Scientist at NAL. He completed his Master of Science in Behavioral Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Simon’s work at NAL involves conducting research into the health decisions of individuals and developing solutions for the public informed by Behavioral Science that increase help-seeking behaviors and motivate individuals to reduce their risk of experiencing hearing loss. He also looks at patient and clinician interactions in the clinical setting, identifying biases and employing nudges to help individuals make informed choices that improve their health.
Paola Incerti has worked as Senior Research Audiologist at the National Acoustic Laboratories since 2009. She currently leads a large, multi-centre study funded by the Australian Government Department of Health evaluating the clinical- and cost-effectiveness of upgrading cochlear implant sound processors in older adults. Paola has a strong background in hearing device rehabilitation research, with a focus on optimizing listening devices to improve outcomes in children and adults. Paola’s main research interest, and area of audiological expertise, is in the field of cochlear implantation. Particular interests include the prescription of electric and acoustic stimulation (cochlear implants, hearing aids and bimodal devices), and considerations about fitting configuration (i.e., same or opposite ears). Through her current and previous roles, she has co-authored several scientific papers and a book chapter.
Dr. Jorge Mejia completed his PhD in 2010 while collaborating with the hearing industry in developing advanced noise reduction algorithms for hearing aids and Cochlear implant applications. Jorge is a computer and electrical engineer, with post degrees in control engineering and master’s in computer science from the Queensland University of Technology. In his current role, Dr. Mejia heads the signal processing departments at the National Acoustic Laboratories, Sydney Australia, and his current focus is on measuring the real life benefits of new and existing hearing technologies as well as developing solutions for hearing health care applications.
Nicky Chong-White is a Senior Research Engineer at the National Acoustic Laboratories and has PhD in Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering. She began her career developing novel speech signal processing algorithms to improve speech intelligibility at AT&T Labs, USA and also at a US-headquartered technology start-up company. Since joining NAL in 2004, Nicky has applied her background in speech and audio signal processing, acoustics, machine learning and software development to investigate hearing. She uses design thinking methodologies to discover unmet user needs, and rapidly prototype and test innovative solutions. Nicky is currently focused on developing digital solutions to improve accessibility to hearing care, provide additional tools to enable and promote hearing self-management, and increase the reliability and capability of connected hearing health.
Financial: Vicky Zhang is employed by NAL. Non-financial: Vicky Zhang has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Joaquin Tomas Valderrama-Valenzuela is employed by NAL. Non-financial: Joaquin Tomas Valderrama-Valenzuela has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Simon Alperstein is employed by NAL. Non-financial: Simon Alperstein has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Paola Incerti is employed by NAL. Her research presented in this course was funded by WS Audiology. Non-financial: Paola Incerti has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Jorge Mejia is employed by NAL. Non-financial: Jorge Mejia has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Nicky Chong-White is employed by NAL. Non-financial: Nicky Chong-White has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
In lieu of honorarium, a donation has been made to the NAL student internship program.
Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented by the National Acoustics Laboratories in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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