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SAA Conference Session Descriptions

SAA Conference Session Descriptions

Session 1:

Presenter 1: Elizabeth Walker, PhD “Maximizing Outcomes for Children Who Are Hard of Hearing”

Children who are hard of hearing show significant variation in functional outcomes. Limited access to sound accounts for the individual differences in long-term auditory and language development of these children. This presentation will describe a theoretical framework which posits that well-fit, consistently worn hearing aids can optimize the auditory access of children with hearing loss. This conceptual framework serves as the basis for informing and improving the evidence-based care that audiologists provide to children with hearing loss.

Presenter 2: Samuel Atcherson, PhD “Trading Signals: A Multifaceted Window to Auditory Neuroplasticity”

Coming soon!

Session 2:

Presenter 1: Violette Lavender, AuD “Diary of a Dizzy Kid: Pediatric Vestibular Disorders”

The case of a child treated conventionally for hearing loss due to Pendred Syndrome. Due to some parental concerns for balance, a vestibular evaluation was completed. This talk will highlight vestibular testing in children and demonstrate the efficacy of vestibular rehabilitation in children.

Presenter 2: David Zapala, PhD “Seeing Dizziness and Fear of Falling as a Pyramid”

Dizziness and Fear of Falling can affect the quality of life. New clinicians typically focus on measuring the vestibular function and perhaps recognizing various disease states, believing this information alone will direct treatment. It's complicated. This talk will review the relationship between disease state, the severity of vestibular impairment, prognosis and practical/functional life adaptations. The goal is to help you move beyond being excellent diagnosticians and develop skills as a practical coach for those with chronic dizziness.

Session 3:

Presenter 1: Candice “Evie” Ortiz, AuD “You Hear What? Why Are You In My Office?”

Mechanisms within the brain which contribute to the perception of tinnitus are also activated within patients who report the presence of auditory hallucinations. Utilizing sound therapy, similar to that seen in many tinnitus treatment protocols, the role of the audiologist in the multi-disciplinary management of auditory hallucinations are a relatively new development. This interactive discussion will examine case studies and the various team approaches on patient outcomes.

Presenter 2: Nancy Tye-Murray “Customizing Hearing Health Care”

The ground is shifting for audiologists because of government regulations, automated hearing tests, and the availability of inexpensive hearing aids. To stay competitive, audiologists can provide customized hearing health care consisting of these four elements:

  1. addressing the patient's unique hearing predicaments;
  2. including the patient's communication partner(s) in the journey;
  3. creating a sense of community;
  4. maintaining ongoing contact.

This presentation will highlight ways to incorporate customized hearing healthcare into a busy audiological practice, including clEAR (, which is a web-based tool. A new cochlear implant recipient who is currently completing her AuD studies at Washington University in St. Louis will be featured as a case study in how to provide customized aural rehabilitation and the value of doing so.  We will review her history, her experiences, and her outcomes with her new device.