Workshop Schedule with Descriptions
All sessions will take place at the Oregon Convention Center unless noted otherwise. Times are subject to change – be sure to consult the final Convention 2013 Program and Exhibit Guide that will be in your Registration Bag. Registration badges must be worn to attend all sessions and to visit the Exhibit Hall (free 'Exhibit Hall Only' passes are available at the Convention Registration Desk).
- Advocacy (Room: E147/148)
- Assistive & Other Technology (Room: E141/142)
- Hamilton CapTel presents Hearing Loss Solutions for Veterans (Room: E143/144)
- Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants (Room: E145)
- Relationships & Communication (Room: D137/138)
9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Inclusive Communities: Making Hearing Loss a Part of Senior Community Living
Paula Titus, Hearing Loss Resource Specialist and Information Systems Manager at CS-Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource Specialists
Inclusive Communities trains, educates and engages staff, residents and family members— along with strategic placement of assistive technology throughout the facility— to work together to support seniors with hearing loss in living full productive lives and enjoying the proffered lifestyle of senior communities.
Workshops and trainings inform; however, change of this magnitude requires more than that—it requires behavior modification through continued onsite review and support, until talking to people about hearing loss becomes natural.
How to Hear Better in Noise
Hans E. Mülder, Ph.D., director of marketing, Phonak Communications AG
Reasons for poor speech understanding in noise by people with hearing loss are explained, as well as the hierarchy of and limitations of technologies to improve performance. A new classification for the degree of hearing loss is proposed, which is based on speech understanding in noise rather than the sensitivity to pure tones. A new technology is presented, which enhances speech understanding in high noise levels for users of hearing instruments or cochlear implants.
Maximizing Hearing Technology for Everyday Listening Success
Brad Ingrao, Au.D., with Gallaudet University/RERC
We are fortunate enough to live in a time where a plethora of hearing technologies exists to address all levels of hearing loss. Too often, however, we stop at hearing aids or cochlear implants and never really utilize all the tools at our disposal. This workshop will take a look at a “day in the life” of I.M. Haarduvheering, a fictitious hard of hearing “uber-user” of everything with an on-off switch related to hearing, understanding and navigating his world. The presentation will include lecture and a generous Question and Answer session.
Topics will include:
- Hearing aid and cochlear implant technology for difficult listening
- Bluetooth and other wireless connectivity
- Telecoils and hearing loops
- Alerting devices
- Mainstream tools adapted to hearing loss
Technology and Surgical Technique to Save Remaining Hearing for Better Cochlear Implant Performance
Douglas D. Backous, MD, FACS, neurotologist and cochlear implant surgeon at Swedish Medical Center
Preservation of the anatomy of the inner ear and of remaining hearing has become a major focus for surgeons and manufacturers of cochlear implants. Preservation of hearing, even in a near-deafened ear, has been shown to improve the sound quality.
This presentation provides a comprehensive review of the changes in surgical technique designed to preserve remaining hearing in the operated ear and will outline the changes in device and electrode designs made to create an improved ability for cochlear implant users to hear.
Ototoxicity: What People with Hearing Loss and Family Members Need to Know
Monique Hammond, hearing consultant at Ralph D. Thomas & Associates, Inc. (formerly a hospital pharmacist)
Ototoxic substances can lead to problems such as hearing loss, balance issues and tinnitus. Defining ototoxicity, contributing factors, types of possible damage and examples of medications, herbals and other substances will be discussed.
Family members (especially those with elderly relatives) will learn: raised awareness of the issue, ways to identify symptoms, what information to gather and what questions to ask during a doctor visit.
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Must-know Tips and Tricks to Improving Access though Legislation in Your State
Julie Schafer, Esq., director of public policy and advocacy, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Have you ever wondered where laws come from? This workshop will focus on the most common source of ideas for laws: people like you! Learn how to turn those ideas into action. We will identify strategies for approaching legislators with your proposed law, describe effective and ineffective advocacy tactics, and plan for a successful advocacy campaign. Make a difference in your state; turn your ideas into legislation today!
There’s An App for That: Innovative Technology for Rehab On the Go
Jennifer Thorpe, installer/trainer/marketing of captioned telephones for CaptionCall
We are spending more time on mobile devices than laptops. Innovations in technology have made rehab practice as easy as a thumb touch. This presentation will review mobile rehab apps that can be used on the go, making rehab the most accessible it has ever been for adults with hearing loss. It will also discuss the value of social networking to gain peer support and mentoring during the rehabilitation process with hearing aids and cochlear implants.
A Holistic Approach to Hearing Health Care for Veterans: the Difference Between Getting By and Living Well
Moderators: Joseph Montano, Ed.D., associate professor of audiology in clinical otolaryngology and director of audiology and speech-language pathology at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital.
LT Allen M. Ford (USA Ret.), assistant professor in the NTID Business Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. Allen is also lead on the RIT/NTID Veterans with Hearing Loss Project.
MSG Bobby S. Ehrig (USA Ret.) is a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient who retired from the U.S. Army as a Master Sergeant. Bobby is President of the San Antonio Coalition for Veterans and he is also a Veteran Care Specialist with the Alamo Council of Governments. Bobby has served as a Wounded War Advocate and Mentor for the US Army Warrior Transition Battalion and is currently working to complete his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Park University in Parkville, MO.
CPT Mark Brogan, USA (Ret.) is an Iraq war veteran who was seriously injured by suicide bomber. He suffered a severe penetrating TBI (traumatic brain injury), incomplete spinal cord injury, multiple shrapnel wounds, and severe hearing loss. His initial recovery at Walter Reed lasted nearly a year. Six years following his injuries, he continues to recover. His disabilities, both brain injury and severe hearing loss, continue to be a daily struggle in his life. These struggles have led him to become active in many veteran and civilian service organizations including the Hearing Loss Association of America, where he has served as a national speaker on veterans with hearing loss.
Donald Doherty is education specialist of the National Chaplain Center in the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC), Hampton, VA, supervising educational technology evaluation and analysis in the facility’s training center. Assisting fellow veterans has been a fulfilling career for Don. A Marine Corps veteran who spent over twenty years serving our country, Don has held several veteran-related and social service administrative positions, including Social Science Program Specialist at VAMC. There, he served as Coordinator for the Substance Abuse Treatment Program and assisted veterans in employment research programs. In addition, Don has served as clinical supervisor for counseling staff and instructor for hospital staff, medical students and patients. Prior to VAMC, Don served as National Comptroller of Administration and Resource Management for Malachi Marketing Group in Virginia Beach, VA. He holds a master’s degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University.
CPT E. Anthony “Tony” Seahorn, USA (Ret.) is owner of Team Pursuits, an education consulting, team building, outdoor adventure business and author of Tears of a Warrior a family’s story of combat and living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Tony is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, who was a battalion communications officer and a pilot in the U.S. Army. He was awarded two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, the Air Medal for Valor in Flight, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
CAPT Kent Ewing, USN (Ret.) is president of Beechcraft Professional Pilot Program. He was Chief Pilot, USN High Performance Aircraft Training. He served as director of flight operations, Eclipse Aviation, chairman, TGV Rockets, Inc. and President of Leitch Video Corporation. Kent was Commanding Officer of the USS America (CV-66) during Desert Storm and commanded the USS Sylvania (AFS-2), Carrier Air Wing Seventeen, and Attack Squadron Sixty Six. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s of science in systems management from the University of Southern California.
Stephen Springer is the owner of SpringCorps, Inc., a service disabled veteran-owned small business, specializing in general engineering and general building construction. Steve is an eleven-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where his assignments included; Air Combat Element Air Support Officer, Squadron Intelligence and Air Support Officer, and Regimental Air Support Officer in Charge. Steve holds a BS degree in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M.
Col. Douglas K. Holmes, MD, FACS, USAF (Ret.) MC is owner/surgeon of ENT & Audiology Associates, PLLC of Raleigh, N.C. He serves as clinical assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and president-elect of the Wake County Medical Society. He was commander of the 916th Aerospace Medicine Flight, Commander, USAF 916th Medical Squadron and Colonel and served as a Raleigh based UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine ENT faculty.
This panel discussion will provide an open forum in which veterans with hearing loss engage with audiologists and hearing healthcare professionals in meaningful dialog that encourages holistic solution portfolios and delivery mechanisms while advancing successful, lifestyle-based end-user outcomes.
Implantable Treatments for Different Types of Hearing Loss
Margaret Dillon, Au.D., audiologist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Marcia Adunka, Au.D., audiologist in the Department of Audiology, University of North Carolina Healthcare
Treatment options for patients with hearing loss have expanded in the past few years. Various technologies exist that may be beneficial for patients with different types and severity of hearing loss. The diagnostic assessment of hearing and the types of hearing loss will be reviewed, as well as, potential treatment options. Single-site results from ongoing clinical trials on new technologies, including Electric-Acoustic Stimulation (EAS) and the Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB), will be presented.
The Impact of Hearing Loss Reported: What Are They Saying
Janet Trychin, Au.D., CCC-A, audiologist at the Barber National Institute
This workshop is a discussion of hearing loss in the young child. Initially, attendees will view segments of two TV shows filmed in Erie, Pennsylvania. In these shows, seven parents share their experiences describing the emotional impact, at birth, of their infant’s suspected hearing loss and services that followed. Sam Trychin, Ph.D leads this discussion. A panel of primarily young adults will then share their own experiences as young children, growing up with hearing loss.
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
The How-to’s of Starting a Hearing Loop Initiative
Juliëtte Sterkens, Au.D., on sabbatical from her audiology practice, she is serving as HLAA’s hearing loop advocate
Ed Ogiba, a marketing and advertising professional with Group EFO and hearing loop advocate in Sarasota, Florida
Hearing loops have made a comeback in some areas of the US thanks to the support of consumers, audiologists and audio engineers. In the past year Juliette Sterkens has travelled the country to lecture on hearing loops to HLAA chapters and audiologists while Ed Ogiba was successful and starting a successful hearing loop initiative in Sarasota. We have learned that it takes a “village” to get a loop initiative going and will share this information with the attendees. Hearing loop installations are most successful when the persons who use hearing aids, audiologists and hearing instrument specialists, as well as the audio-acoustics companies/hearing loop installation companies all team together. The presenters will provide practical take home suggestions and advocacy handouts to the participants. Progress of the Wisconsin and Sarasota hearing loop initiatives will be presented.
Hearing Fitness – Using Websites and Apps to Enhance “Young and Fit Hearing”
Keri Reynolds is a district manager with Wells Fargo Bank and a bilateral cochlear implant user.
In an ever-changing world of technology, how are you keeping up with what’s available through the internet and iTunes apps that will not only foster enhanced hearing capabilities but also keep your brain sharp, young and active? This workshop will explore internet sites and iTunes applications that will provide “workout” opportunities for the ears and assist with continued hearing and brain fitness”.
Navigating a Successful Relationship: Survival Tips for Hard of Hearing and Hearing Couples
Alison Freeman, Ph.D., clinical psychologist at California State University at Northridge
It is common knowledge that the divorce rates among hearing and hard of hearing couples are significantly higher than hearing couples. Typical statistics about the divorce rate among mixed couples where one is hearing (H) and the other is hard of hearing (HOH) range from 66% to 95%. Upon closer inspection, however, many of these statistics are based on old studies in the 1960’s and 1970’s. In those days, there wasn’t the kind of awareness and acceptance of hearing loss that we see today. Today, technology lets us traverse between the two worlds with much greater ease with the internet, text mobile devices, cochlear implants and captioned movies. While this is not to say mixed couples don’t have unique challenges, the reality is that there is little difference, if both partners work together on making their relationship work.
Couples who are able to talk about how hearing loss affects their relationship are clearly more successful than those where feelings are not talked about. There are five factors in what Dr. Freeman calls a “CHACH” successful relationship: Communication, Honesty, Awareness, Compromise and Humor.
In this workshop, common scenarios that are challenging for mixed couples will be presented and discussed. Audience participation will be encouraged as people share common frustrations and concerns. In addition to expanding their repertoire of communication skills, participants will learn effective coping strategies in dealing with social situations.
Getting the Most from Any Hearing Aid
Ron Leavitt, Au.D., audiologist at Corvallis Hearing Center
Colette Welch, audiologist assistant at Corvallis Hearing Center
Nikki Clark, audiologist assistant at Corvallis Hearing Center
David Viers, self-employed as a rehabilitation counselor of the deaf
Despite numerous hearing aid advances, Consumer Reports notes that 67% of hearing aids remain incorrectly fit to the individual’s hearing loss. This presentation, adapted from the authors’ presentation at the 2012 Academy of Doctors of Audiology National Conference, will provide a checklist that will guide prospective and current hearing aid users in assuring each person gets their money’s worth from any hearing aid.
Hearing Loss and Intimacy: Is It a Help or a Hindrance?
Sam Trychin, Ph.D., psychologist, Stairways Behavioral Health, Erie, PA
Janet Trychin, Au.D., CCC-A, audiologist at the Barber National Institute, Erie, PA
This interactive presentation focuses on hearing loss and its positive and negative effects on intimacy in relationships. Discussion will include communication behaviors and issues that have an effect on intimacy. A series of skits will then be presented and enacted by participants in the workshop, depicting situations that illustrate the effects of intimacy on relationships. Participants will also be encouraged to report and enact skits based on their own experiences.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Movies and More
John Waldo, Esq., an attorney whose practice focuses on expanding access to public places for people with hearing loss. He is counsel to advocacy groups in Washington and Oregon that have significantly expanded accessibility at movie theaters, live theaters, sports venues and public transportation systems.
This workshop will describe the present state of movie accessibility, and discuss what remains to be done, especially in light of the pending federal rule proposal on movie captioning. The presenter will discuss accessibility in other venues on the West Coast, such as live theaters and athletic arenas. The presentation will touch on recent legal developments pertaining to internet access, and the obligations of a private university to a student with hearing loss.
Sam Trychin, Ph.D., psychologist, Stairways Behavioral Health
Attendees have told us the HLAA Conventions are “inspiring” and “even better than a family reunion,” yet sometimes all this new-found information can be overwhelming. Where do you go from here? Come to this Wrap-up Q&A and get on the right track.