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Audiology Course Descriptions
All courses listed here will be pre-recorded and available for the duration of convention with the exception of one live session. The session “Solutions That Work Where Children Learn and Play” with Mandy Weydeck will be presented LIVE. Registration is required and will be sent via email 2 weeks prior to convention. The session will be held via Zoom. Due to ASHA requirements it will be recorded but will not be available until the conclusion of the convention. After the convention is over it will be available via the CELL Library.

"Groups, Games & Grounds: Making Adult Aural Rehab Groups Engaging & Effective" (60 minutes - 1 hour)
Christy Albea, AuD, CCC-A/JoAnne Payne, AuD, CCC-A

Description:  Despite evidence that adults benefit from aural rehabilitation sessions, audiologists often avoid implementing these programs due to the daunting take of creating a curriculum that hearing aid users want to attend.  It is possible for group aural rehab sessions to go beyond simply education and discussion by turning individual listening and memory activities into games that can be comfortably played in a small group.  This creates a relaxed atmosphere that encourages involvement and fosters support among the participants.
Identify activities appropriate for an adult aural rehab group including educational topics, listening exercises and auditory working memory exercises
-Organize a 4-6 week adult aural rehab group by scaffolding the lessons to increase in difficulty over the course of the program
-Modify sessions and activities based on the needs of the participants in the adult aural rehab group while providing appropriate home and one-on-one support to individual participants

"Cochlear Implants & Children with Vestibular Impairments" (60 minutes-1 hour)
Sharon L. Cushing, AuD

Description:  To explore the frequency and impact of combined 
cochleovestibular loss on children. Special focus will include screening and recognizing the signs and symptoms of vestibular impairment.
-Contrast the reciprocal impact of cochlear implants on vestibular function and vice versa
-Identify which etiologies of SNHL are most likely to have associated vestibular impairment
 the signs and symptoms as well as diagnostics tests that can facilitate a diagnosis of vestibular impairment

"Restoring Connection with Cochlear Implants: What are we missing?" (60 minutes - 1 hour)
Sharon L. Cushing, AuD
  To review what cochlear implants have taught us about the developing auditory and vestibular system and examine the functional impact of rehabilitated sensory deficits.
-Understand the impact of congenital sensory deficits on development
-Learn how restoration of sensory deficits improve developmental outcomes
-Consider the residual deficits or challenges experienced by children with sensory deficits who are rehabilitated with cochlear implants

"Classroom+ Learning Series: Nucleus Technology in the Classroom" (120 minutes - 2 hours)
Stephanie Grear, MEd, CCC-SLP
  The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of Nucleus cochlear implant technology and candidacy to Educational Audiologists.  The course will also review the selection and fitting of remote microphone hearing assistive technology (RM-HAT) for Nucleus cochlear implant recipients and will provide hands-on fitting practice with the Cochlear Mini Microphone 2+.  Verification and troubleshooting of RM-HAT will also be covered.
-List the candidacy criteria for Nucleus cochlear implants and list the features and benefits of Nucleus technology for school age children
-Select and fit remote microphone technology, including the Cochlear Mini Microphone 
2+, to Nucleus cochlear implant recipients

"AEP 2021-New CPT Codes-A Review of the Tests Involved" (120 minutes - 2 hours)
Greg Ollick, Sr., MA
Description:  There are all new CPT Codes for AEP tests in 2021. They include cVEMP and oVEMP.  This session will present each of these codes and offer a review of the test procedures and diagnostic significance of each.
-Identify the appropriate CPT codes for AEP testing
-Apply the appropriate protocols for AEP testing
-Demonstrate performance of each of the AEP tests
-Analyze each of the AEP tests

"Paradise in Action" (60 minutes - 1 hour)
Kathryn Pegan, AuD

Description:  Phonak Paradise provides new features and benefits to individuals with hearing loss through the introduction of the new PRSIM chip. Now that individuals have had the opportunity to fit and work the devices, this presentation will provide an overview to increase the confidence in using and fitting Paradise and take full advantage of the all the technological features.

-Identify common questions raised by users of the Paradise hearing aid
-Modify new features to meet based upon patient report
-Describe strategies to c
ounsel patients on appropriate use of the device

"Speech in Noise Testing: Overview, Test Parameters and Factors" (60 minutes - 1 hour)
Dania Rishiq, PhD/Taylor Paige, AuD, PhD

Description: Speech testing is commonly used in audiology; however, speech testing in noise is under-utilized. This presentation will discuss what speech in noise testing is, components of the test, and how clinicians can take this information back to his/her patients.
-Describe the significance and clinical applications of speech in noise (SIN) testing
 parameters of SIN tests such as presentation levels and (adaptive versus fixed) signal-to-noise ratio, etc
 some factors that could influence SIN testing, including cognition

"Coding and Telepractice Update for Audiologists" (60 minutes - 1 hour)
Neela Swanson, BA (ASHA)*

Description:  This course will review coding and health care policy updates for 2021, including new codes for vestibular and auditory evoked potential testing.  It will also provide an overview of practical considerations for coding and coverage of teleaudiology.  The presenter will discuss common questions and provide coding and billing scenarios.
-Describe key audiology coding and payment policy updates for 2021
-Describe appropriate use of the new CPT codes for vestibular and auditory evoked potential testing
-Identify key coding and payment considerations for providing teleaudiology
*Also listed under All Access course description

"Outcome Measures in Tinnitus Assessment & Treatment" (60 minutes - 1 hour)
Aurora Weaver, PhD, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA

Description:  Review of current physiological mechanisms of tinnitus, Questionnaires used in Tinnitus assessment to help facilitate the triage process for assessment and management of tinnitus. There will be a focus on applying PTM for case examples.

-Describe 3 physiological mechanism thought out the peripheral and CANS for tinnitus
-Describe the triage process for new patients reporting tinnitus
-Select an appropriate Outcome Measure for patients reporting tinnitus

"It's Not Like It's a Secret (or is it?):  What Teens Want from Their Hearing Aid Technology" (60 minutes - 1 hour)
Mandy Weydeck, AuD

Description:  Adolescence is a turbulent time where the brain and body are moving through many changes. In addition to managing these physical changes, teens may also be redefining their self-identity, considering who they are and where they fit in. For teens with hearing loss, this can be particularly challenging and it may include the re-thinking of how they are using their hearing aid technology. This presentation will draw on data collected from survey research and focus groups which explored what teens want from their hearing aid technology and how their audiologists can best support them.
-Describe the main challenges audiologists face when fitting hearing aids to teens
-Describe the essential elements to promote the audiologist-teen relationship
-Identify the essential features teens desire in their hearing aids

"Solutions That Work Where Children Learn and Play" (LIVE)
andy Weydeck, AuD
Description:  The Oticon pediatric portfolio has always offered a variety of styles and fitting options that cover a broad range of needs for children with hearing loss. Building off our long-standing support of pediatrics, Oticon is introducing a breakthrough in child-friendly hearing care. This course describes technological advancements within our product portfolio as well as focuses on the current hearing assistive technology offerings provided by Oticon that can further improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and provide benefit in a multitude of complex listening environments such as the classroom. This course will also cover the latest research regarding the effects of PPE and Remote Microphone (RM) usage, and solutions for distance learning during the time of COVID-19.
-Identify the limitations of current traditional directional technologies in assisting people with hearing loss to understand speech in complex listening environments
-Describe how an unprecedented signal processing technology can facilitate provision of a more robust speech signal to the brain and lead to increased performance in complex listening situations
-List how the technology in the latest connectivity device provides accessibility to multimedia in the classroom and at home

Sessions may be listed in multiple places if of interest to multiple disciplines. Additional sessions that cover all disciplines (such as Ethics) are listed on the All-Access Courses Page. Please refer to that page for additional CE opportunities.

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