2012 Saturday Workshops

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2012 Saturday Workshops

Workshop Schedule with Descriptions

All sessions will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center, easily accessed by a skybridge from our host hotel, The Westin Providence. When you enter the Center from the skybridge you will be on the Third Level where you will find the HLAA Convention Registration Desk and our Exhibit Hall (Hall C). Workshops and large sessions, along with the Demo Room, will be located on the Fifth Level. Workshops are grouped by “education track” (or topic). The four education tracks for Convention 2012 are:

  • Advocacy  (Room: 550 AB)
  • Assistive & Other Technology  (Room: 551 AB)
  • Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants  (Room: 552 AB)
  • Relationships & Communication  (Room: 553 AB)


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8:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.


Legal Update: Now We’re Getting Somewhere

Room: 550 AB

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Presenter:
John F. Waldo, Esq., represents individuals or groups with hearing loss who claim that their rights under state or federal disability laws have been violated.

Summary:
The presentation will be a report on efforts over the past year by the presenter and others, particularly federal agencies, to implement in practice the rights that state and federal disability laws provide to people with hearing loss. The presenter will review significant gains made through cooperative efforts as well as those gains made in court. Movies, live theater, civic meetings and sports arenas will be emphasized, as will the ongoing disputes over internet accessibility.

Large Area Listening Systems, Part I: Why You Need Them, How They Work, Which Ones Are Best, How to Connect

Room: 551 AB

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Presenter:
Cynthia Compton-Conley, Ph.D., Audiologist/ Director, Emerging and Disruptive Technology, Etymotic Research, Inc.

Summary:
Large area assistive listening systems are designed to provide wireless auditory access to people who have difficulty hearing from a distance and amidst noise and reverberation. Three types of systems are in use in the United States today: FM, Infrared, and Induction Loop. Although induction loops have been in the news recently, many people are still unaware of the benefits of large area listening systems, how they work, and the differences among them. In addition, many people remain unclear as to how to use their hearing aids or implants with these systems. This presentation will provide a basic explanation of how each of these systems works to overcome poor room acoustics. It will also address the pros and cons of each system. Finally, it will review the basic ways hearing aid and implant users can connect to these systems. The goal of this presentation is to clear up the confusion regarding these technologies and to assist participants in maximizing their experience when using large area systems.

Outcomes with Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) Middle Ear Device

Room: 552 AB

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Presenters:
Margaret Dillon, Au.D., CCC-A, audiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Marcia C. Adunka, Au.D. CCC-A, Clinical Audiologist and Clinical Coordinator of the Adult Cochlear Implant Program at UNC Health Care/UNC Hospitals

Summary:
The Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) is an implantable middle ear device intended to provide a level of useful sound perception to individuals with hearing loss via mechanical stimulation of the ossicles. It is currently indicated for adult patients with moderate-tosevere sensorineural hearing loss. UNC is currently participating in a multi-center clinical trial reviewing the success of this technology in patients with conductive and mixed hearing loss. Results from both populations will be discussed.

Creating Successful Communication Partnerships: A Workshop for Family and Friends

Room: 553 AB

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Presenters:
Scott J. Bally, Ph.D., aural rehabilitation consultant for HLAA and a retired professor at Gallaudet University

Bonnie O’Leary, certified hearing loss support specialist and director of community outreach programs, Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons

Summary:
Late onset hearing loss can have a dramatic impact on primary relationships within families and among friends. This workshop is designed for family and friends of Persons with Hearing Loss (P.W.H.L.). To develop a more collaborative approach you will increase your understanding of the psychosocial effects of hearing loss on the P.W.H.L., you, and your interpersonal relationships. The development of more effective communication strategies will result in the creation of more successful communication partnerships.

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Captioned Radio – Ready to Launch!

Room: 550 AB

Presenters:
Mike Starling, Esq., Executive Director, Technology Research Center and NPR Labs, National Public Radio (NPR)

Ellyn Sheffield, Ph.D., Towson University

Summary:
Captioned radio technology will be covered for the hearing loss communities, along with bed-shaker support for emergency alerting during critical times of threats to safety of life or property. Prototype designs have been refined and are ready for field deployment. The technology has been extended to support deaf-blind users as well. Presenters will describe the developmental technology and cognitive testing and refinement process.

As radio migrates to digital platform, it is possible, finally, to serve deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind audiences with radio programming and critical emergency alerting information in the form of "captioned radio". Together with the Northern Virginia Resource Center and the Hearing Loss Association of America, NPR Labs and Towson University have advanced the captioned radio activity. With support of a grant from the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research3, we demonstrated this new technology for the first time for a Deaf and hard-of-hearing audience on Election Night 2008, making available live coverage of the election in real time in text format for audiences in five cities.

Over the past three years, we have fine-tuned the technologies needed to launch ongoing captioned radio services and developed a new radio service for deaf-blind audiences - the Braille Radio Service. This service converts data into Braille via a refreshable Braille display, supplying real-time emergency alerting and radio programming to individuals who are most vulnerable in times of emergencies and for whom communication choices have historically been severely limited.

Large Area Listening Systems, Part II: Maximizing Your Listening Experience

Room: 551 AB

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Presenter:
Cynthia Compton-Conley, Ph.D., Audiologist/ Director, Emerging and Disruptive Technology, Etymotic Research, Inc.

Summary:
Large area assistive listening systems are designed to provide wireless auditory access to people who have difficulty hearing from a distance and amidst noise and reverberation. Part I of this two-part presentation focused upon large area listening system basics: Their benefits, how they work, their pros and cons, and how to connect to them. This presentation Part II) goes into more detail concerning the maximization of the large area listening system experience. Topics include by are not limited to:

  1. Installation issues
  2. Interference
  3. Standards
  4. Telecoils: orientation, programming
  5. Microphone placement and use of the listener’s environmental microphone
  6. Monotic, diotic, and dichotic reception
  7. And answers to your questions

A Consumer’s Guide to Cognition, Audition, and Amplification

Room: 552 AB

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Presenter:
Douglas L. Beck, Au.D., audiologist with Oticon, Inc. and the American Academy of Audiology

Summary:
Dr. Beck will address how cognition, audition and amplification interact to create an accurate and ongoing auditory image of the world. Further, we’ll review the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia and cognitive decline. Specific topics will include the ability to pay attention, processing speed, working memory and we’ll explore how and why new hearing aid technologies can (and do) impact these same systems.

Odyssey of Hearing Loss: Tales of Triumph for Families

Room: 553 AB

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Presenter:
Michael A. Harvey, Ph.D., clinical psychologist

Summary:
“Shared joys are doubled; shared sorrows are halved.” In my psychotherapy practice, I have been privileged to bear witness to tales of triumph from families in which a member(s) has hearing loss. I will recount instructive stories that portray how individuals/families both cope with and benefit by the crisis of hearing loss. (“Crisis” in Chinese translates as danger and opportunity.). We will examine in-depth how familial/social relationships can become transformative and catalyze profound psychological growth.

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Increasing Access to Affordable, High-tech Hearing Aids with Robust Customer Support

Room: 550 AB

Presenters:
Lisa Tseng, M.D., CEO, hi HealthInnovations United Health Group

Noreen Gibbens, Au.D., hi HealthInnovations United Health Group

Summary:
While 90 percent of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids, less than 25 percent currently use them. UnitedHealth Group, via hi HealthInnovations, saw the opportunity to meet a growing consumer health need by making it easier to screen for hearing loss and more affordable to improve hearing health.

Mobile Devices: Can You Hear Me Now?

Room: 551 AB

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Presenter:
Perry C. Hanavan, Au.D., professor, Augustana College

Summary:
A smart phone is a cell phone (mobile device) that offers advanced computing ability and connectivity beyond a basic mobile phone. It is estimated that 1 in 2 Americans will own a smart phone by 2012. Smart phone technology can facilitate numerous “hearing assistance technologies” (HAT) for persons with hearing loss. This presentation will review and demonstrate the various hearing aid compatible smart phones and potential iPhone/Android/Blackberry apps applicable to persons with hearing loss.

Long-term Results of Acoustic Stimulation

Room: 552 AB

Presenters:
Marcia C. Adunka, Au.D. CCC-A, Clinical Audiologist and Clinical Coordinator of the Adult Cochlear Implant Program at UNC Health Care/UNC Hospitals

Margaret Dillon, Au.D., CCC-A, audiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Summary:
High frequency sloping hearing loss can often provide a challenge for conventional hearing aids. The combination of electric and acoustic hearing provides a treatment modality for this patient population in that a cochlear implant is combined with a conventional hearing aid on the same ear. We will report and review the clinical data from the literature as well as from our center.

Loneliness Related to Hearing Loss: Its Causes, Effects, and Remedies

Room: 553 AB

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Presenter:
Sam Trychin, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice, a consultant to Stairways Behavioral Health, and on the faculty of Penn State – The Behrend College, Erie, PA. Dr. Trychin currently conducts training programs, classes, and workshops for people who are hard of hearing, their family members, and professionals who provide services to them. His specialty is the application of psychological concepts, principles, and procedures to problems and issues related to hearing loss.

Summary:
Many people who have hearing loss attempt to avoid social contacts due to a history and anticipation of embarrassment or shame resulting from communication problems. The resulting isolation often leads to loneliness and boredom. Intimate communication partners also report loneliness when there is curtailment of going out to restaurants, having people over for card games, or attending family gatherings, etc.. Research indicates that the costs of loneliness are high in terms of psychological and physical health problems. This is a case in which the cure is usually worse than the disease.

2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness for People with Hearing Loss

Room: 550 AB

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Presenter:
Lise Hamlin, HLAA director of public policy

Summary:
Most people don’t think about preparing for emergencies – until it’s too late. That’s not great for most people, but could be disastrous for someone with a hearing loss. This workshop will bring you the latest on emergency access and how you can prepare, cutting edge technologies to have in your pocket to keep you informed during an emergency, and what industry is doing to make the technologies we use every day more helpful in emergencies.

Social Media and Social Networking: Is it for Me?

Room: 551 AB

Presenter:
Ken Arcia

Summary:
You've been hearing about tweets, status updates, likes, and friends (the online kind, that is). You may have even dabbled in social networking yourself. And there's that nowinfamous movie, Social Networking, of course. Whatever your experience or inexperience, this workshop will give you an overview of today's most-popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Then you can decide which to join! Why not ALL of them?

Music Matters for Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Users

Room: 552 AB

Presenter:
Geoff Plant, employed as a rehabilitation specialist with MED-EL UK and the Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation

Summary:
Auditory training is designed to assist adults with hearing loss to develop better listening skills for use in everyday life. This presentation will focus on the provision of 1:1 training and will present several case studies to demonstrate the range of activities used and the effects of training.

Grief, Isolation, Anger & Relationships Gone Sour

Room: 553 AB

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Presenter:
Penny Kennedy, Psychotherapist, Grief Recovery Specialist, Hearing Loss Consultant

Summary:
In this workshop, Ms. Kennedy will focus on how bluffing, denying and projecting our disappointment outwards keeps us stuck in painful patterns, resulting in feelings of loneliness, confusion and painful relationships. How the grieving process in its entirety allows those with hearing loss to open their world to their family and friends who are experiencing the same isolation and pain will be demonstrated. When this is seen as teamwork, you can become victorious rather than feeling victimized.