This series of courses reviews current topics in hearing loss and amplification, including identification and remediation of Spatial Processing Disorder, managing patients with severe hearing loss, and tips and tools to help counsel patients regarding their individual needs.
Course created on September 8, 2014
- Participants will be able to discuss issues related to customization of hearing aids to individual patient needs, including the use of pre-assessment measures.
- Participants will be able to define Spatial Processing Disorder and discuss its identification and remediation.
- Participants will be able to list tools that might be useful to counsel patients on realistic expectations from amplification as well as additional tools that may make it easier to explain differences in levels technology.
- Participants will be able to discuss the abilities, challenges and possible solutions for adults with severe hearing loss, defined as pure-tone thresholds between 60 and 90 dB HL.
- Participants will be able to describe how modifications of test procedures and other information from selected clinically relevant publications can be applied to everyday hearing aid selection and fitting.
|0-60 Minutes||Matching Technology & Features to Patient Needs|
|60-120 Minutes||Assessment and Remediation of CAPD|
|120-180 Minutes||Tools Patients Might Find Helpful in Understanding Different Hearing Aid Technology|
|180-240 Minutes||Understanding and Managing Severe Hearing Loss|
|240-300 Minutes||Day-To-Day Hearing Aid Fittings: Clinical Nuggets From Recent Research|
Catherine Palmer, PhD
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. 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 and at UPMC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Palmer conducts research in the areas of adult auditory learning post hearing aid fitting and the relationship between hearing and cognitive health. 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. 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.
Harvey Dillon, PhD
Director of the National Acoustic Laboratories
A/Prof. Harvey Dillon joined the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) in 1979 and until 1986 he performed research into speech discrimination testing, audiological testing in sound fields, speech processing for hearing aids, hearing aid fitting methods, and the acoustics of hearing aid coupling systems. From 1986 to 1990 he held various positions (including Chief Engineer and Development Manager) in the operational area of NAL (now called Australian Hearing). From 1990 he headed the Hearing Aid Research Section of NAL and in 2000 became the Director of NAL. After completing an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, A/Prof. Dillon was awarded a PhD for research into psychoacoustics.
His current research interests are centred on the assessment and remediation of auditory processing disorders and electrophysiological assessment methods, but he finds captivating all the research and development undertaken by NAL.
A/Prof. Dillon has lectured extensively in the areas of acoustics, psychoacoustics, and hearing aids in the audiology program at Macquarie University, at which institution he is an adjunct professor. From 1991 to 2007, Dr Dillon was also a Deputy Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Innovations.
Sharon Cameron, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Cameron graduated from Macquarie University with an Honours degree in 2002, and was awarded the university medal in Speech and Hearing Sciences. In 2005 she received her PhD in Linguistics from Macquarie University. Her thesis on “Development and Evaluation of a Test of Virtual Spatial Hearing” received a Vice Chancellor’s Commendation as well as the Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association PhD of the Year Award. In 2006, Sharon was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health (Australia) Research Fellowship to investigate the diagnosis and remediation of central auditory processing disorders (CAPD) in children. This work lead to the development of the Listening in Spatialized Noise – Sentences test (LiSN-S) and the LiSN & Learn auditory training software for spatial processing disorder. She has worked for the National Acoustic Laboratories since 2005 and is currently a Senior Research Scientist heading the CAPD team. Sharon sat on the steering committee responsible for the implementation of the Australian Hearing Central Auditory Processing Disorder service, currently running in over 40 hearing centers around Australia. Her current work includes assessment of spatial processing in the hearing impaired population, investigating the underlying basis of spatial processing skills, as well as ongoing development and evaluation of clinical tests for auditory processing,
Michael Valente, PhD
Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology and Director of Adult Audiology at Washington University School of Medicine
Michael Valente is Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology and Director of Adult Audiology at Washington University School of Medicine. He has been at Washington University in this role for 21 years. His editorial responsibilities include the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology where he is the Assistant Editor-Amplification, American Journal of Audiology, Ear and Hearing and the International Journal of Audiology where he is Editor-at-Large. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975. In addition, Dr. Valente has authored several textbooks. The presenter does not have any financial or commercial involvement with any amplification products or products under discussion.
Pamela Souza, PhD
Pamela Souza, CCC-A, FAAA is a clinical audiologist and professor at Northwestern University. She earned her M.S. in Audiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her PhD in Audiology from Syracuse University. Along with clinical teaching, she directs a research program in effects of hearing aids. Her interests include use of signal-processing amplification which affects acoustic speech cues, how those changes interact with listener age and cognitive status, and how research findings in this area can direct clinical practice. Dr. Souza is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Deafness and Communication Disorders.
H. Gustav Mueller, PhD
Dr. H. Gustav Mueller holds faculty positions with Vanderbilt University, the University of Northern Colorado and Rush University. He is a consultant for Sivantos Group 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 ten books on hearing aids and hearing aid fitting, including the recent three-volume Modern Hearing Aids series, and the clinical handbook Speech Mapping and Probe Microphone Measures. Gus is the co-founder of the popular website www.earTunes.com, and resides on a North Dakota island, just outside of Bismarck.
Harvey Dillon: Financial: Harvey Dillon is the Director of the National Acoustic Laboratories. He has participated in research that may be discussed in this course. Harvey Dillon received an honorarium from Siemens for this presentation. Non-financial: Harvey Dillon has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Sharn Cameron: Financial: Sharon Cameron has participated in research which may be discussed in this course. Sharon Cameron received an honorarium from Siemens for this presentation. Non-financial: Sharn Cameron has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Michael Valente: Financial: Michael Valente has authored several textbooks on the topic of amplification, and has participated in research on this topic. Dr. Valente received an honorarium from Siemens for this presentation. Non-financial: Michael Valente has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Pamela Souza: Financial: Pamela Souza is a paid guest speaker for Siemens USA. She has received grant funding for some of her research which may be discussed in this course. Non-Financial: Pamela Souza has no relevant non-financial relationships to declare.
Gus Mueller: Disclosure: 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. He is the senior author of the books “Communication Disorders in Aging”, “Probe Microphone Measurements”, and the co-author of the “The Audiologists’ Desk Reference, Volumes I and II. Non-Financial: Dr. Mueller has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Siemens in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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