Learning Labs: What to Expect
The first day of AudiologyNOW! 2015 starts off with multiple opportunities to go in depth on a variety of topics with practical tips and a hands-on practice through this year’s Learning Labs. Back by popular demand, Learning Labs for 2015 will be both half- and full-day sessions. There are eight total (five half-day and three full-day) Learning Labs to choose from and all offer Tier 1 CEUs!
Make sure you register early for the full-day lab titled “How to Take the Fear Out of Cerumen Management (and Smile While Doing It)” as this topic is a sell-out each year. The 2015 twist is that there will be multiple presenters covering everything from techniques for cerumen management to billing for your services.
You can also choose this year to spend your morning learning about “The Art and Science of Being the Consummate Professional.” In this four-hour session, Alan Freint, MD, will review the current state of otoscopy and medical work up as well as the impact of a variety of medications and best practices for documentation, communicating with referral sources, and billing.
Four successful audiologists in private practice will share their insights on resources to increase your productivity and profitability in the half-day session: “New and Unique Tools to Build Your Practice.” Other half-day sessions will let you explore best practices in amplification with Michael Valente, PhD, and David Fabry, PhD, practical tips on working with our youngest patients with a panel of pediatric audiologists from across the nation or spend time with the Academy’s Reimbursement Committee to learn about the “Trends in Reimbursement.”
Two new full-day sessions this year will allow you to learn the latest information on two “hot topics” in audiology: hearing loss prevention and tinnitus and sound sensitivity. Sharon Sandridge, PhD, has organized a panel of experts to provide you with a two-part learning lab titled “Raindrops on Roses: Helping Patients Enjoy a Lifetime of Sound.” The morning will review the theoretical bases for noise and music-induced hearing loss and the afternoon session will focus on the practical side of implementing a hearing loss protection program in your practice as well as in-depth discussion of the experiences with the DiscovEARy Zone. Douglas Beck, AuD, Pawel Jastreboff, PhD, and Robert Sweetow,PhD, will be leading a full-day session on tinnitus and sound sensitivity. The morning will start off with an overview of tinnitus and what are new advances in 2014. Dr. Jastreboff will focus the second half of the morning on Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. This session will be wrapped up in the afternoon with Dr. Sweetow “Putting it All Together–The Art of Tinnitus Patient Counseling.”
If you are interested increasing your knowledge on any of these topics be sure to register early. All Learning Labs require a ticket and space is limited.