Concurrent Session Learning Tracks

 

Concurrent sessions organized in five learning tracks as well as vendor and exhibitor learning labs will provide participants with information on current best practices and cutting-edge developments in the field of listening and spoken language as well as with inspirational success stories and case studies that pave the way for living with hearing loss. Attend sessions in the following learning tracks:

Educational, Therapeutic and Clinical Management:

Educational Management
  • Acoustics (classroom, workplace, etc.)
  • Certification, teacher preparation, professional standards
  • Educational transitions (early intervention to school, middle to high school, specialized school to local school, etc.)
  • Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) education for special populations
  • Educational services, accommodations & modifications (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act vs. Section 504, etc.)
Therapeutic/Clinical Management
  • Therapeutic management of special populations
  • Family education, support and resources
  • Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
  • Speech and hearing science
  • Hearing preservation
  • Multicultural populations
  • Health literacy among families and other consumers of hearing health care
  • Adult, teen, pediatric aural (re)habilitation

 Professional Practice

  • Trends in professional preparation for LSL practitioners and mentors
  • Shifts in professional practice, work environments and caseloads
  • Adherence to educational policy (response to intervention, Common Core Standards, etc.)
  • Audiological trends and practices
  • Reimbursement for services and technology
  • Applying principles of evidence-based practice, clinical research models
  • Professional ethics

Living with Hearing Loss

  • Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) identity considerations (within the changing landscape of deafness)
  • Self-advocacy for children with hearing loss
  • Advocacy for adults
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations, captioning, loops, etc.
    • Educating others about hearing loss
      Self-advocacy in work and social environments
    • Career advancement
    • Advocating for new legislation or accommodations
     
  • Health care advancements and shifts affecting the DHH community
    • Hearing aids, cochlear implants, insurance, etc.
    • Health Care for America Plan (“ObamaCare”)
     
  • Connecting DHH mentors with mentees and/or families (interactive panels or networking sessions)
  • Life transitions (high school to college, school to work life, work to retirement, etc.)
  • Support for siblings or significant others of children/adults with hearing loss
  • Raising children/teens with hearing loss
  • Legal rights in school, work and health care environments

Communication

  • Social media
  • Telepractice
  • Networking, collaboration and information sharing among professionals, families, adults with hearing loss, children with hearing loss, etc.
  • New Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) legislation

Technology

  • Hearing technology issues
  • Advancements in hearing technology
  • Hearing technology basics
  • Updates and programming strategies in hearing aids
  • Testing/programming software for audiologists
  • Audiological techniques and strategies in obtaining optimal access to spoken language
  • Optimizing programming of technology
  • Implantable devices (cochlear implants, bone anchored auditory implants, auditory brainstem implants) and processing strategies
  • Assistive listening devices and classroom acoustics
  • Audiological management for special populations

Learning Labs

Members of our vendor community will present educational sessions that shine a spotlight on their products, programs and services for attendees. Topics can include innovations in hearing technology, facilitating listening and spoken language development, transition planning and much more!