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The AAA Foundation supports lectures at the American Academy of Audiology Annual Conference designed to provide attendees with a range of opportunities, including scientific enrichment, career development, and professional networking.

The AAA Foundation will support the following lecture at AAA 2022 + HearTECH Expo:

Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology 

This popular lecture series, supported in part by the Oticon Foundation, explores contemporary topics in Pediatric Audiology. Marion Downs is considered the Mother of Audiology and is responsible for the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening to detect and treat hearing loss in newborns and infants.

Bias, Equity, and Early Childhood Development

In 2022, the Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology will be presented by Arie L. Nettles, PhD. Marion Downs earned national and international acclaim for myriad contributions to the identification and management of pediatric hearing problems and educating professionals to understand and support special needs; thus, bias and equity played significant roles. Based in science and research of the brain, unconscious biases are mental associations without intent, control, and awareness. Unconscious bias stems from automatic decisions one makes based experiences that impact personal, professional, and the most fundamental relationships. Awareness allows us to rethink the way we behave, evaluate, assess, and make equitable decisions for young stakeholders, especially those that are hearing impaired.

Past Lectures

Enhancing Auditory Experience for Children Who Wear Hearing Aids In 2021, the Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology was presented by Dr. Ryan McCreery, PhD on Enhancing Auditory Experience for Children Who Wear Hearing Aids (0.1 AAA/Tier 1 CEUs). Dr. McCreery discussed the scientific progress from over the past 10 years across three key areas: hearing aid candidacy, quantifying cumulative auditory experience, and documenting developmental outcomes of children with hearing loss. A special emphasis was placed on how these recent developments can be implemented in clinical practice to improve audiological care for children. Philanthropic support provided by the Oticon Foundation.

Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology The 2019 Marion Downs Lecture at the annual conference was presented by Glenn Rall, PhD, Christen Szymanski, PhD, and Jolanta McCall, MA, MSc on Autism Spectrum Disorder: Considerations for Clinical Care in Pediatric Audiology (0.2 CEUs). This popular lecture is available on demand. Philanthropic support provided by the Oticon Foundation.

Improving Patient Care Through Innovation in Workplace Management – The 2017 lecture at the annual conference was presented by Barbara Balik, EdD, MS, RN, on Innovation in Hearing and Balance Care: A Pathway to Transforming Outcomes (.15 CEUs), in Indianapolis, IN. This lecture is available on demand. Philanthropic support provided by Phonak.

Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology The 2017 Marion Downs Lecture at the annual conference was presented by Anu Sharma, PhD, on Brain Changes in Hearing Loss (.15 CEUs). This popular lecture is available on demand. Philanthropic support provided by the Oticon Foundation.

Topics in Tinnitus Lecture Delving into the field of tinnitus research, this year’s annual lecture at the annual conference, Evidence-Based Tinnitus Management – Inching Toward a Standard of Practice (.3 CEUs/ABA Tier 1), presented by James Henry, PhD, is available on demand. Philanthropic support provided by Widex.

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