Hearing loops, as well as neckloops connected to FM or IR assistive listening devices - as mandated under the 2010 updated Americans with Disabilities law - greatly enhance the performance of hearing aids in meeting rooms, theatres and houses of worship, if the user has access to a telecoil (inside the hearing aid or accessory). This course will cover telecoil basics; how orientation and T-coil programming affects your clients in a hearing loop, how to order, program, verify and validate telecoils to improve fitting outcomes, and a brief overview on how you and your clients can foster loop installations in your community.
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- After this course, participants will be able to describe telecoil orientation in custom and behind the ear hearing instruments.
- After this course, participants will be able to list three telecoil programs, and when and where to use them.
- After this course, participants will be able to explain one in-office and one out-of-office telecoil validation measure.
|5-20 Minutes||Overview of the working of hearing loops, how telecoils reacts in changing magnetic fields and varying orientations and the ANSI telecoil standard|
|20-40 Minutes||Pre-fitting counseling of clients re: telecoils, ordering the right telecoil orientation in custom products, programming the telecoil for different listening needs, telecoil verification and validation|
|40-55 Minutes||Post fitting telecoil counseling and follow up and the hearing care professionals role in the hearing loop movement|
|55-60 Minutes||Summary, Q & A|
Karen MacLennan, AuD
Dr. Karen MacLennan has been an Audiologist for 20 years. She earned a Doctoral Degree in Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences. Prior to earning her doctoral degree, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped with honors and an Associate in Applied Science degree in American Sign Language Studies. Throughout her professional career, she has provided audiological and educational audiology services in hospitals, private practices, and nonprofit educational and rehabilitation agencies. Karen also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in audiology and aural rehabilitation at Long Island University in New York. She is an advocate for people with hearing loss. Her company, North East Hearing, has been installing hearing loops throughout the United States for the several years. A few years ago she began working with the Hearing Loss Association of America to promote hearing access and educate professionals, consumers and students about hearing access.
Juliette Sterkens, AuD
Juliëtte Sterkens, AuD serves as the Hearing Loss Association of America Professional Hearing loop Advisor. She has nearly 40 years of experience in the field of audiology and hearing rehabilitation. Educated in the Netherlands in Speech-Language Pathology/Acoupedics in 1979, she focused on audiology after moving to Wisconsin in 1981. In 2008 she learned how improved hearing loop technology was making a US comeback and decided to bring loops to Oshkosh to the benefit of her patients. Retired from private practice in 2012, she has since lectured extensively on the topic of telecoils and the benefits of hearing loops to professionals and consumers in North America and Europe. Her efforts have led to over 700 professional loop installations (including 400 churches) in Wisconsin and many more beyond. For her work she has received the Wisconsin Audiologist of the Year, Arizona School of Health Sciences 2013 Humanitarian of the Year and the American Academy of Audiology Presidential Awards.
Juliette Sterkens: Financial: Juliette Sterkens serves as the Hearing Loss Association of America Professional Hearing loop Advisor. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Juliette Sterkens has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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