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Featured Sessions: What to Expect

Featured Sessions: What to Expect

Ask any audiologist why they attend AudiologyNOW! and they will cite three key motivators. One of these is people; connecting with colleagues old and new is an undeniable benefit. A second motivator is the opportunity to experience new technologies with industry partners. The third key motivator is the educational experience. The opportunity to learn is always evolving, always refreshed, and each year’s featured sessions are a core part of that learning experience.

The Featured Sessions Committee begins planning for AudiologyNOW! by looking back at the impressive assembly of sessions from previous years. The team hopes to learn from the successes of previous years while developing innovative new content strategies to keep audiologists on forefront of information in professional issues, best practices, and research.

As part of the content development effort, the committee reviews the previous year’s survey of AudiologyNOW! attendees. In the survey of attendees at Orlando, there was a clear request to develop featured sessions with keen clinical focus. In order to accommodate this request, a series of featured sessions have been developed around the theme of clinical grand rounds. It’s typical for AudiologyNOW! to include several grand rounds sessions, these always receive positive reviews and draw large (often standing room only) crowds. In order to accentuate this experience and appeal to the broadest range of audiology expertise, grand rounds in 2015 will address an unprecedented range of clinical topics:

  • Diagnostics
  • Pediatrics
  • Tinnitus
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders
  • Diagnosis of central auditory processing disorder

Each grand rounds will be 90 minutes in length and moderated by an expert in that area of clinical practice. The invited panel of speakers will prepare short case studies that describes their clinical procedures and the patient outcomes.

In 2015, the Featured Sessions Committee invites interested students to submit a case study for presentation during the clinical grand rounds. For each of the above topics, one student will be selected to contribute to the panel discussion. Interested students or mentoring faculty should contact Jason Galster at for additional details.

Those interested in research-oriented featured sessions will not be disappointed. Drs. Palmer, Mueller, and Turner will return for their annual Hearing Aids in Review. This session, held on Saturday morning, is staple of the conference. It’s always wise to arrive early for a premium seat.

Those with interest in pediatrics will find several ideal featured sessions. One such session will feature a panel review of the Academy’s new Pediatric Amplification guidelines. This session will review suggestions for clinical best practice in pediatric hearing aid fitting. Another session, lead by Dr. Ryan McCreery, will review findings from the multi-year, multi-site Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss (OCHL) study, one of the largest pediatric audiology studies ever completed.

Other topics in the research arena will include panel discussions on topics related to hearing loss and cognitive status. Dr. Frank Lin and colleagues from his lab will join AudiologyNOW! to discuss their findings in various areas that span hearing health, cognition, and the related public health implications. Additional sessions will provide comprehensive updates on research in otoacoustic emissions, noise-related hearing loss due to over-exposure, and acoustic trauma.

These are only samples of the content. In sum, there will be approximately 30 featured sessions, supported by almost 100 domain experts. AudiologyNOW! 2015 in San Antonio is shaping up to be a fantastic learning experience and a great opportunity to see old friends and build networks with new ones.