Partners in Hearing
The Educational/Learning Track Presented By The AG Bell Vendor Community
For the first time ever, AG Bell has invited members of the vendor community to sponsor and present nine 90-minute concurrent educational/learning track sessions entitled Partners in Hearing at the 2012 convention in Scottsdale. These educational sessions will provide families who have children with hearing loss, individuals with hearing loss, and the professionals that serve them with information about products, programs and services in an educational, interactive, and engaging format outside the exhibit hall.
AG Bell is pleased to announce all nine sessions have been filled by the following sponsors:
Central Institute for the Deaf
Oticon Pediatrics/Oticon Medical
AG Bell has submitted these presentations for continuing education (CEUs) approval to the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA); however, submission for CEU pre-approval does not guarantee that CEUs will be awarded by any of the above organizations.
Friday, 6/29, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Cochlear - Pioneers in Hearing Solutions
Patricia Trautwein, AuD., CCC, Cochlear Americas
This presentation will take the audience on a journey that starts with Dr. Clark’s ground breaking work on the world’s first multichannel cochlear implant and ends with a glimpse of the future of implantable hearing solutions being developed at the world’s first hearing research hub at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Along the way, the audience will learn about how cochlear implants work, what they sound like to a recipient, and how the technology is improving outcomes in difficult listening environments such as noise and music.
Friday, 6/29, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Innovations in Sound Processor Technology for Improved Quality of Life
Edie Gibson, AuD, Advanced Bionics
Jennifer Raulie, MA, CCC-A, Advanced Bionics
This presentation will provide participants with information on the revolutionary advancements seen in cochlear implant technology, which enhance hearing outcomes and directly impact quality of life. Specifically, participants will have a unique opportunity to learn about the world’s first swimmable and freestyleTM sound processor from Advanced Bionics. Hearing in and around water is crucial for socialization, language development and safety, which is why the NeptuneTM Sound Processor has been designed to be fully waterproof offering parents and recipients the ability to communicate while bathing, showering and swimming. Join us as we share the benefits and features of this industry first through instruction, hands-on demonstrations and discussions with recipients who have had the opportunity to use this breakthrough sound processor from Advanced Bionics.
Saturday, 6/30, 10:30 - 12:00 pm
Improving Music Appreciation for Cochlear Implant Listeners
Darla Franz, MA, CCC-A, MED-EL Corporation
Judi Barnes, MS, CCC-SLP, MED-EL Corporation
Music is important to overall development, whether children have normal hearing or use hearing aids and/or cochlear implants. Music appreciation and development of musicality are achievable goals, and a variety of materials are now available to support these goals both in therapy and at home. This session will address the following questions related to music, particularly with cochlear implants: Why is music more complicated with a hearing loss? What are the benefits of music training? What recent technology advances can improve music appreciation with cochlear implants? How do CI users perform with music listening tasks today? What materials and strategies can support the development of musicality at school, in therapy, or at home? This session will also include participation from parents and pediatric CI users who have successfully incorporated music lessons and musical activities into their lives, and the challenges and successes they have experienced in the process.
Saturday, 6/30, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Advances in Bone Conduction Hearing Systems
Alan Raffauf, MA, Oticon Medical
The presention will cover an introduction to bone conduction, bone conduction hearing systems and specifically the Ponto hearing system.
Saturday, 6/30, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Facilitating All-Day Listening and Language Development
Carissa Moeggenberg, MA, CCC-A, Advanced Bionics
Dave Sindrey, M.CI.Sc, LSLS Cert AVT, Author
The development of listening and language skills does not occur at a set interval in a young child’s life. Instead, these skills develop naturally over time during new experiences and exposure to language in everyday environments. In order to provide the experiences necessary for language development, children need access to sound all day long independent of environment and activity.This presentation outlines the importance of consistent device use during all waking hours. Practical ideas for facilitating language stimulation in a broad range of environments and activities will be shared and expanded upon during the presentation, which will conclude with a discussion on how recent technological improvements in sound processors can enhance a child’s exposure to sound.
Sunday, 7/1, 8:00 - 9:30 pm
GAP: Transition Planning for Success
Carrie Spangler, Au.D, Stark County Educational Service Center (on behalf of Phonak)
Cheryl DeConde-Johnson, Ed.D., The Advantage Audiology
Guide to Access Planning (GAP) is a program that addresses the knowledge and skills required of teens as they transition to adulthood. The presentation will establish the rationale and need for specific transition planning for students with hearing loss, outline laws pertaining to transition, and provide examples of how schools, university AuD programs, and hospital audiology clinics have designed transition programs for teens. Selected activities will be demonstrated involving the workshop participants. The majority of the presentation will involve navigation of the web-based GAP program which includes tracks for teens and young adults, professionals and parents. This resource benefits students, parents, professionals including audiologists, speech-language pathologists, teachers of the deaf, transition coordinators, and office of accessibility coordinators. The presentation format will be primarily lecture with demonstrations of learning activities contained in the program. Guide to Access Planning (GAP) is supported by Phonak, USA, and is available as a free resource to anyone seeking this information.
Sunday, 7/1, 10:00 - 11:30 pm
HOPE (Re) Habilitation Resources: A Hands-On Review
Donna L. Sorkin, MA, Vice President Consumer Affairs, Cochlear Americas
This workshop will provide a comprehensive review of HOPE (re)habilitation resources and listening tools for parents of children and adults with hearing loss and the range of professionals who serve them.
Sunday, 7/1, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Hands-On Hearing Workshop: the Tools of the Trade
Jeff Campagna, MED-EL Corporation
As an adult or parent of a child with a hearing loss, understanding assistive listening technology can be quite an overwhelming process. With the rapidly expanding market for these devices, there is much information to absorb and understand—especially when you are considering this technology for you or your child. This session is ideal for parents, adults, and professionals who seek a general understanding of assistive listening technology. What are the differences between ALD systems? What are the advantages/disadvantages of various systems? (Wired vs. wireless, Bluetooth vs. FM, Telecoil vs. Direct Connect) What are the best ways to connect ALDs with hearing aids and cochlear implants? What does the future hold for assistive technology? Which listening strategies are useful for rehabilitation with an ALD? This session will provide information to answer the above questions, and an opportunity to see and touch some of the newer ALD systems.
Sunday, 7/1, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
CID SPICE for Life Auditory Learning Curriculum
Julia West, MS, LSLS AVEd Cert CED, Central Institute for the Deaf
Jennifer Manley, MS, CED, Central Institute for the Deaf
The new CID SPICE for Life picks up where the original SPICE auditory learning curriculum leaves off. Both curricula are research-based and were piloted at the CID school. SPICE for Life is designed to help individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing overcome listening challenges in a variety of real-life settings. This presentation will discuss specific challenges addressed by the new curriculum in the areas of auditory memory, sound localization, conversation and listening in noise. We will describe activities from the curriculum and show videos of lessons with children. We will demonstrate the use of the SPICE for Life rating form to evaluate and track student progress with listening goals. We will talk about ways to inform parents of student progress and encourage them to practice skills at home.