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)
- More Advocacy & Technology (Room: E143/144)
- Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants (Room: E145)
- Relationships & Communication (Room: D137/138)
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Telecommunications and You: The Latest on Phone, Internet and Television Access
Lise Hamlin, director of public policy, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA); advocate for people with hearing loss
Do you have a captioned telephone? Have you watched a program on the Internet that has captions? If you have, you have experienced firsthand the impact of the laws and regulations created to ensure that people with hearing loss have equal access to telecommunications. HLAA works to ensure that people with hearing loss have access to Telecommunications Relay Services, captioned telephones, hearing aid compatible mobile phones, captioning on television and over the Internet and to emergency information.
9-1-1: the Next Generation and Beyond
Toni Dunne, External Affairs Manager, Intrado, a provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions
Advancements in telecommunication technologies have changed 9-1-1 caller expectations. This presentation discusses consumer trends, public expectations, current and future abilities of 9-1-1 to receive SMS text and other media. Attendees will explore recent activities at the federal level, and discuss what changes are needed in the PSAP in order to improve and provide an equitable level of service to ALL members of the public.
Hard of Hearing Situations in Hospitals: HLAA-Lane County Health Care Access Committee Report
Lesley Bergquist, volunteer and hearing loss advocate; SHHH/HLAA member for over 25 years; former board member of HLAA-Lane County, member of the HLAA-LC Hospital Care Access Committee, HLAA-LC Chapter ALDs Loan Project Coordinator
This session is designed for the health care consumer. It is a review of the culmination of several years of work by the HLAA-Lane County Chapter Health Care Access Committee to find ways for people with hearing loss to receive equal access to safe and appropriate care as well as reduce anxiety and uncertainty in medical settings.
As health care consumers with hearing loss, we need to advocate for our needs and the ability to fully understand the medical conditions, treatment options, possible side effects and other consequences of our care choices. Without identifying our hearing loss we can be mistaken as having other medical conditions and treated inappropriately. Hearing loss is invisible and can be perceived as being “unresponsive” or “confused”.
Addressing the issue of hearing loss required identification of problems and situations as well as documentation of specific instances where problems occurred. A major part of this process was educating the medical community that there is in fact a real, quantifiable need to address communication problems in order to provide appropriate services, diagnosis and treatment. They were also unaware of the legal liabilities involved in addressing ‘informed consent” issues complicated by hearing loss.
As a result of the work of the HLAA-LC Chapter, the hospital became aware of the needs of people with communication issues that had not been met. The hospital has completed an extensive process and training to meet these needs. Following this workshop, Alicia Beymer will present Implementation of Special Accommodations for Patients with Hearing Loss in Health Care Settings which follows up the consumer actions in this presentation. It addresses how the hospital developed the process improvement in their hospital and clinic settings as well as an awareness of federal regulations and potential consequences.
Hearing Aid Delivery Model: An Update
Misty Shores, Au.D., audiologist, hi HealthInnovations
Elisa Williams, HAS, hi HealthInnovations
Hearing aid delivery in the U.S. has had many success stories. Many individuals benefit greatly from their hearing aids. However, the current delivery model has also created a challenge in getting help to people who need it. These challenges include cost, geographical barriers and access to a growing shortage of providers. hi HealthInnovations was created to increase awareness of hearing loss, and provide additional delivery options. The current status of program will be discussed.
For Better or Worse: Overcoming Hearing Loss as a Couple
Daniel McDermott, CCC-A, research audiologist, VA National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR), Portland VA Medical Center
M. Samantha Lewis, Ph.D., principal investigator, NCRAR
Cody Goheen, research assistant, NCRAR
Does your hearing loss negatively impact your partner? Is he/she a reason why you decided to get, and continue to use, your hearing aids? What role would you have liked your partner to play in the process of getting hearing aids? This presentation will share results and anecdotal reports from research that has examined these questions. We also will discuss how your use of hearing aids can impact your partner. Audience participation will be encouraged.
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Traveling the Globe with Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants
Barbara Abineri, a bilateral cochlear implant recipient, volunteer cochlear implant mentor and Bionic Ear Association Chapter leader
Evelyn Gardner, a bilateral cochlear implant recipient, volunteer cochlear implant mentor and Bionic Ear Association Chapter leader
Has your hearing loss robbed you of the confidence to travel independently? Are you missing out on fun trips with family and friends because you don’t feel safe traveling with your hearing loss? Come learn some tips that will give you the confidence to travel safely by car, air, ship and train. Then hit the road and enjoy your travels!
We will include:
- What travel organizations (air, trains, ships) suggest that will aid accessibility
- How to keep your hearing devices safe while traveling, according to hearing aid and cochlear implant companies
- What to pack: device notification cards; ALDs and connectivity devices, chargers, etc.
- How to access power supplies in airports, hotels (in US and abroad), car, etc.
- How to feel safe in hotel rooms: shake-awake alarm clock, door emergency kits, etc.
- What the ADA law mandates for communication access that we can expect when traveling
- What to do in case of emergency
The Wireless Industry: Finding the Cell Phones or Mobile Devices to Meet Your Needs
NOTE: This workshop will run until 4:45 p.m.
Matthew Gerst, Esq., Counsel, External and State Affairs, CTIA-The Wireless Association®
This workshop provides an overview of the latest developments in wireless devices and services for individuals with a hearing loss who are students, professionals or young at heart. If you want to know more about how hearing aid compatibility (“HAC”) with wireless handsets and innovative mobile services can open or enhance employment, education and personal communication opportunities, this panel is for you.
Immediately following the conclusion of the panel session, CTIA and participating member company representatives, including service providers and handset manufacturers, will be available for one-on-one discussions. CTIA will also be showing the Wireless RERC’s training videos on Hearing Aid Compatibility (“HAC”) with wireless handsets. (Approximately 45 minutes)
Implementation of Special Accommodations for Patients with Hearing Loss in Health Care Settings
Alicia Beymer, is a risk manager with PeaceHealth
This presentation will provide a guideline for healthcare organizations to follow to ensure each person with hearing loss and their support person is identified at the commencement of each visit, offered auxiliary aids and sign language interpreters, and provided appropriate accommodations throughout their care process. An overview of federal regulations, an outline of process improvement measures, education methods, and the value in partnering with advocacy groups and patients will be discussed.
Hearing Aid Manufacturers Panel
NOTE: This workshop will run until 4:45 p.m.
Carole Rogin, President, Hearing Industries Association
Brenda Battat, Executive Director, Hearing Loss Association of America
Richard Einhorn, classical music composer whose unique music has been described as “overwhelming in its emotional power.” Richard's “opera with silent film,” Voices of Light, has been hailed in reviews as “a great masterpiece of contemporary music” and “a work of meticulous genius.” Richard continues to compose despite experiencing sudden sensorineural hearing loss. He has also become a nationally known advocate for hearing loss issues, including hearing loops and improved public listening assistance, and written several articles for Hearing Loss Magazine, Trends in Amplification, and other publications.
Dave Preves, Ph.D., senior staff engineer, Starkey Laboratories
Tom Powers, Ph.D., vice president, Audiology and Compliance, Siemens Hearing Instruments
Francis Kuk, Ph.D., vice president, Audiology, Widex
Annette Mazavski, Au.D., Ph.D., Manager, Oticon Pediatrics
John Nelson, Ph.D., vice president, Audiology Global Relations, GN ReSound
Experts from several hearing aid companies will explain the latest features, wireless applications and accessories available in today’s hearing aids. The focus from a sound production expert will be on the importance of sound quality for people with hearing loss.
Combined Vision and Hearing Loss: Staying Involved in Your World
Mitchel Turbin, Ph.D., research psychologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center
Although people associate combined vision and hearing loss (VHL) with Helen Keller and the rare condition of deaf-blindness, VHL is not rare, and most people with VHL have useable residual hearing and vision. This presentation focuses on dealing better with a range of VHL related challenges. We will look at the causes and impacts of VHL on function, self-image and relationships. Important technology such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, smart phones, electronic magnifiers, will be critically examined.