This 8-hour modular course consists of recorded presentations from the 24th annual Appalachian Spring Conference on the topic of telehealth and teleaudiology relevant to a variety of clinical settings and populations. Presentations cover current applications of technology and teleaudiology for hearing loss assessment and management, amplification fittings, tinnitus care, and more. This course is presented in partnership with the Auditory Vestibular Research Enhancement Award Program (AVREAP) and the Research & Education Corporation at the Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Course created on August 14, 2017
- Participants will be able to identify selected technologies and mobile solutions used in teleaudiology, and describe basic processes/considerations for their effective clinical implementation.
- Participants will be able to describe how teleaudiology can be employed for detection and diagnosis of hearing loss.
- Participants will be able to describe how a typical teleaudiology session is conducted to fit hearing aids, and to compare and contrast service delivery models.
- Participants will be able to identify available remote care options for patients who have hearing aids and/or cochlear implants, and describe their application to patient care.
- Participants will be able to describe implementation protocol options of a Patient-Centered Digital Tele-Health Tool for a variety of settings.
- Participants will be able to describe the factors that underlie the need for remote clinical services for speech-perception testing and aural rehabilitation with cochlear implant recipients, and explain how speech-perception scores obtained remotely compare to those obtained in person.
- Participants will be able to identify audiologic and cognitive behavioral therapy coping skills taught at the Level 3 PTM workshops, and identify resources in the VA to commence a PTM program via Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT).
|0-60 Minutes||VA Teleaudiology and Connect Care|
|60-120 Minutes||Detection and Diagnosis via TeleAudiology|
|120-180 Minutes||Fitting Hearing Aids Via Telehealth|
|180-300 Minutes||Remote Applications for Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant Users|
|300-360 Minutes||Validation of a Patient-Centered Digital TeleHealth Tool|
|360-420 Minutes||Telepractice for Cochlear Implants|
|420-480 Minutes||Tele-Tinnitus Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM) via Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT)|
Dr. Chad Gladden is the Audiology Telehealth Coordinator for the VA Audiology and Speech Pathology National Program Office. Prior to this position, he was the Acting Service Chief and Supervisor, for Audiology and Speech Pathology, and the Telehealth Program Manager at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital, Madison, WI. Dr. Gladden is a national spokesperson for the advancement of teleaudiology, and has a strong commitment to advancing telehealth and preparing staff for involvement in this important service.
De Wet Swanepoel
Dr. De Wet Swanepoel is a professor in Audiology at the Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria, South Africa and a senior research fellow at the Ear Science Institute Australia. He also holds adjunct positions at the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders and University of Western Australia School of Surgery. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters. He has received numerous awards, including a Presidents rating from the National Research Foundation, and research grants in recognition of his work in these areas. He has served as visiting Professor to international institutions including the University of Western Australia, Perth and The University of Örebro in Sweden. He is a regular presenter at international conferences and serves on a number of international committees including the executive board of the International Society of Audiology and the World Health Organization ICF Core Set for Hearing Loss committee.
His research and clinical interests span the field of early identification and diagnosis of hearing loss, objective measures of auditory functioning, and ear and hearing telehealth. Related to telehealth, De Wet serves as co-chair for the American Academy of Audiology Taskforce on Tele-Audiology towards a new white paper. He is also authoring the first tele-audiology chapter for the upcoming seventh edition of the Handbook of Clinical Audiology.
Gail Takahashi received her Ph.D. in Audiology from the University of Iowa in 1990 and has served as Chief of Audiology and Speech Pathology Service in the Iowa City VA Health Care System since 2002. Dr. Takahashi has been involved with teleaudiology since 2008, and is a member of several VA telehealth groups. She participated in the original VA teleaudiology pilot and has helped develop training materials for the field. The Iowa City VA Health Care System provides hearing evaluations and hearing aid fittings and adjustments via telehealth.
Lindsey Early has been a Clinical Specialist for Advanced Bionics since 2012. Prior to joining AB, Dr. Early spent 5 years as an audiologist at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA, where she took pride in providing hearing healthcare to active duty soldiers and military veterans. She worked closely with her patients and their families to develop rehabilitation strategies to fit their unique lifestyles. Dr. Early earned degrees in audiology from the Ohio State University and Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Scheinin is the Group Product Manager for Software and Clinical Care at Cochlear Americas. In her current role, Bobbi is responsible for the fitting software for both Nucleus® Cochlear Implants and Baha® products, the Clinical Care Innovations, and management of the rehabilitation program. Prior to this position, she served as the Senior Product Manager of Baha Sound Processors and a subject matter expert for the Baha product line. With twenty years of audiological experience in audiometric equipment manufacturing as well as in clinical settings, Bobbi’s experience includes working in product management for manufacturers of hearing implants, hearing aids, diagnostic and screening audiometric equipment. Her Clinical Audiology work includes diagnostic evaluations, hearing aids, rehabilitation therapy, school screenings, community education, and newborn hearing screenings. Dr. Scheinin obtained her doctorate at A.T. Stills University in Mesa, AZ and her Masters at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC. She is a native of the great state of Montana and loves the Olympics.
David Horowitz, AuD, received his MS in Audiology from Adelphi University in 2004, his Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University in 2008, and holds an Audiology license in New York State. David has worked as a dispensing audiologist in both private practice and in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in NYC, and has worked for two major hearing aid manufacturers including Oticon since 2012. His primary focus is bringing the latest researched technology to the forefront of hearing healthcare.
Educational Specialist, Siemens Hearing Instruments
Dr. Meyers is a Manager of the Clinical Education Team for Signia. She is responsible for the support and ongoing training of the Signia Educational Specialists and for creating new and innovative training methods to enhance customer service. She trains staff and hearing care professionals in the U.S. on the company’s products, technology, software, services, and audiology-related topics at industry events, face-to-face meetings, in publications, and through virtual courses. She is responsible for the planning and execution of online courses, including The Expert Series, which reaches a growing number of hearing care professionals each year. Prior to joining the Signia clinical education team (then Siemens Hearing Instruments) in 2007, Dr. Meyers dedicated more than 25 years to clinical practice, during which she attained a comprehensive understanding of diagnostics, hearing aid technology, and how to address the communication needs of individuals. Dr. Meyers holds a doctorate degree in Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences and graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Nebraska.
Carol M. Hession, Ph.D. is a Government Services Audiologist supporting those engaged in the provision of hearing health care within the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Department of Defense and Indian Health Services. Dr. Hession joined the Starkey Hearing Technologies family in 2006. She earned her B.S. in Communication Disorders and Psychology from Worcester State College (MA) and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Audiology & Speech Sciences from Purdue University. Throughout her career, she has held a variety of clinical and academic faculty positions including 12 years as a clinical audiologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Hession is actively involved in professional issues and currently serves as the Chair of the Indiana Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Licensure Board. She has presented at state, regional and national meetings in the areas of amplification, adult audiologic rehabilitation, professional issues and electronic medical record documentation. Dr. Hession is licensed to practice audiology in Indiana, holds the CCC-A from ASHA and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
Director of Government Services
Julie has been with the Widex team for three years and is currently the Director of Product Management. She has worked thirteen years in the industry and prior to that, six years within the VA system. She received her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and her Au.D. from the University of Florida. She currently resides in Dallas and likes kickboxing, cooking, and is a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan.
Director of Market Research
Emily double majored in Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University. Emily began her career selling medical devices, but has worked in the audiology industry for the last eight years. She has worked with both hearing aids and audiology/vestibular equipment; and has focused in both the government and private sectors. Emily began her career with Widex in 2017, where her responsibilities as Director of Market Research / Field Studies include market research, field studies, competitive analysis, and the university program.
Dr. Sheryl Flynn is the co-founder and CEO of Blue Marble Health, a wellness and rehabilitation software platform. The platform addresses the healthcare triple aim; to improve patient satisfaction, improve outcomes and lower cost; by enabling providers to track and remotely monitor progress while empowering the users to adhere to cognitive and physical exercise programs. Blue Marble is actively piloting the platform with healthcare organizations, and providers to demonstrate the population health management value proposition. Dr. Flynn has received over $6M from the DOD and NIH to develop the platform. Dr. Sheryl Flynn received her Physical Therapy degree from New York University, and she completed a PhD in motor learning along with a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship at the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. Her academic research focused on the use of technology, specifically video games, to motivate adherence to exercise programs. She lectures nationally and internationally on the use of technology in rehabilitation. Dr. Flynn is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for academic achievement, leadership and service; is a reviewer for NIH and a manuscript reviewer for several scientific journals. Dr. Flynn is most proud of her team and the tremendous accomplishments they have achieved in building the Blue Marble Health Platform.
Michelle L. Hughes
Coordinator, Cochlear Implant Program Boys Town National Research Hospital
Michelle Hughes, PhD, CCC-A received her MA in audiology in 1995 and PhD in hearing science in 2003 from the University of Iowa. She is the Director of the Cochlear Implant Research Library at Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH). Dr. Hughes currently holds two R01 grants from the NIH, NIDCD and is the Program Director for teh NIH-funded T35 research training program at BTNRH. Research interests involve examing teh relation between physiology and preception in cochlear implants, and investigating ways to incorporate telepractice into cochlear implant service delivery. Dr. Hughes has authored or co-authored over 50 publications and one book. She has taught courses from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nova Southeastern University's distance AuD program in the UK. Dr. Hughes has presented nationally and internationally, is active in the ASHA Pathways program, and has served on the Ear and Hearing Editorial Board since 2011.
Sara Robinson, MA, CCC-SLP has worked as a speech-language pathologist at Boys Town National Research Hospital for the past eight years. She currently works in the Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory under the direction of Michelle Hughes, PhD, CCC-A. In this role, she specializes in providing aural rehabilitation for adult cochlear implant recipients.
Katherine (Katie) Edmonds
Catherine (Katie) Edmonds is an audiologist employed in the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in Bay Pines, Florida since 2008. She received her Master of Science degree from the University of South Florida in 1987 and Doctor of Audiology degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2002. Dr. Edmonds is the tinnitus subject matter expert for the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, provides routine clinical services in addition to being a preceptor for doctoral students and audiology technicians. She served as a Member, Tinnitus Section, Joint Audiology Committee on Clinical Practice in 2015, the VA Tele Audiology Workgroup, Clinical Specialist Supplement, in 2016/17, the American Academy of Audiology ABA Certificate Holder for Tinnitus Management Training Program (in progress) and completed the VISN 8 Competency Development for Leaders in June 2013.
De Wet Swanepoel: Financial: De Wet Swanepoel’s financial disclosures include Phonak (honoraria), Sivantos (speaking fee), University of Pretoria (patent), hearScrean (consulting fee), hearXGroup (ownershipt), Ida Institute (honoraria). Non-FInancial: Prof Swanepoel serves as president of the International Society of Audiology and as an associate editor for the International Journal of Audiology.
Gail Takahashi: Financial: Dr. Takahashi is an employee of the VAMC. Travel to the in-person event was covered by AVREAP. Non-FInancial: Dr. Takahashi has no relevant non-financial disclosures.
Carol Meyers: Financial: Carol Meyers is an employee of Sivantos/Signia. Non-Financial: Carol Meyers has no relevant non-financial disclosures.
Bobbi Scheinin: Financial: Bobbi Scheinin is an employee of Cochlear Americas. Non-Financial: Bobbie Scheinin has no relevant non-financial disclosures.
David Horowitz: Financial: David Horowitz is an employee of Oticon. Non-Financial: David Horowitz has no relevant non-financial disclosures.
Carol Hession: Financial: Carol Hession is an employee of Starkey Hearing Technologies. Non-Financial: Carol Hession is a supporter of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, and serves as Chair of the Indiana Audiology Licensure Board.
Lindsey Early: Financial: Lindsey Early is employed by Advanced Bionics. Non-financial: Lindsey Early has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Julie Dunphy: Financial: Julie Dunphy is an employee of Widex (USA). Non-Financial: Julie Dunphy has no relevant non-financial disclosures.
Emily Bruno: Financial: Emily Bruno is employed by Widex (USA). Non-financial: Emily Bruno has no relevant non-financial disclosures.
Sheryl Flynn: Financial: Dr. Flynn is the co-founder and CEO of Blue Marble Health and has received government grants/contracts to develop the products planned to be described in this course. She has been involved in academic research focused on the use of technology in health care. Non-Financial: Dr. Flynn is a reviewer for NIH and several scientific journals.
Michelle Hughes: Financial: Dr. Hughes is an employee of Boys Town National Research Hospital. She has grants from NIH and NIDCD, and royalties from Plura Publishing. Non-Financial: Editorial board for Ear and Hearing
Catherine Edmonds: Financial: Catherine Edmonds is an employee of the VAMC. Travel to the in-person event was covered by AVREAP. Non-Financial: Catherin Edmonds serves on the VA TeleAudiology Workgroup, Clinical Specialist Supplement Project, 2016-17 and serves on the AAA ABA Workgroup for Development of the Certificate Holder – Tinnitus Management Training Program (in progress).
Sponsor Disclosure: Presented by AudiologyOnline in partnership with the Mountain Home Research & Education Corporation and the Mountain Home Auditory Vestibular Research Enhancement Award Program (AVREAP).
Content Disclosure: Portions of this course discuss Marble Health and progressive tinnitus management. The panel discussion, "Remote Applications for Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant Users", includes representatives of several different hearing aid and cochlear implant manufacturers, and may focus on products and services available through those companies.
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