There’s more than magic behind the research at AudiologyNOW! 2014 in Orlando
Each year, scattered about the globe, are scientific audiology meetings that focus on specific areas of research. If you chose to attend all of these meetings, you would spend months on an airplane, living out of a suitcase. AudiologyNOW! is the opportunity for audiologists to enjoy a comprehensive update on a vast range of research topics. Whether your interests are balance disorders, diagnostic audiology, treatment of hearing loss, rehabilitation, or electrophysiological assessment, AudiologyNOW! is the resource for broad access to current research in audiology.
The research content at AudiologyNOW! is grouped into several categories. Attendees can select from research podiums and research posters. Each one-hour research podium session is divided into two, thirty minute presentations. These research presentations give you direct access to established researchers and cutting edge findings, often before they have been published. Podium sessions are scheduled on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the conference. Ranking and selection of the research podium submissions was a difficult task for reviewers. Forty-five authors have contributed to these 22 sessions with topics ranging from pharmaceutical ototoxicity to hearing assistive technologies, from visual cues and speech recognition to tinnitus therapy options, and from bone anchored hearing aids to central auditory processing.
Friday afternoon between 1:30 and 3:00 is the annual research poster reception, held inside the exhibit hall. An amazing 314 posters will be display in Orlando, almost half of which will be presented by PhD and AuD students. During this time, student posters will be judged in order to award five scholarships, provided by the American Academy of Audiology Foundation, to students that demonstrate exceptional work in poster design and presentation. This is an opportunity to talk one-on-one with researchers that work in your field of interest. Stop by and show your support!
Research podium and research posters may be the most visible research content at AudiologyNOW!, but there are several other opportunities for a deep dive in specific topic areas. On Wednesday morning, the annual Academy Research Conference (ARC) will focus on Hearing Aids and the Brain. Organized by Dr. Kelly Tremblay, the 2014 ARC features a day-long series of presentations that will take attendees on a tour of the brain and amplification-related benefits, beginning at birth and finishing well into adulthood.
A group of five exceptional Au.D. students submitted presentations that were selected for Friday’s Student Research Forum. Beginning at noon, these students from Washington University, Western University, University of Connecticut, and University of Colorado will present on topics that cover a broad range of topics including ototoxicity, hearing aids, and the measurement of cVEMPs in adults.
As the close of AudiologyNOW! 2014 approaches and attendees begin to think of Saturday afternoon’s Trivia Bowl, the translational research featured session will begin at 10:30am. In this session, a series of presenters from the Boys Town National Research Hospital will describe how research findings contributed to the development of their clinical protocols. Topics covered will include cochlear implants, hearing aids, and the diagnosis and treatment of auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder.
AudiologyNOW! 2014 promises to be an exceptional year for learning about modern research findings in audiology. Researchers from around the world will gather in Orlando to share their work. Although some of these ideas and conclusions may sound magical, they are the result of hard work, rigorous experimental design, and years of data collection.
Don’t forget to include these research presentations in your conference schedule:
- Academy Research Conference, Hearing Aids and the Brain, Wednesday 8:00 – 5:30
- Research Podiums, held throughout the conference
- Featured Sessions, held throughout the conference
- Student Research Forum, presented between 12:00 and 1:00 on Friday
- Research Posters, presented between 1:30 and 3:00 on Friday
- Translational Research Featured Session, Translating Research to Reality: The Boys Town Audiology Model, Saturday 10:30 – 12:00
Jason Galster, PhD