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Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology to Feature Live and On-Demand Web Seminar in 2010

Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology to Feature Live and On-Demand Web Seminar in 2010

February 10, 2010 Press Releases

(Reston, VA, February 10, 2010) The American Academy of Audiology Foundation is pleased to announce that audiologists worldwide will be able to view, free of charge, the 2010 Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology as a live Web seminar through eAudiology, the American Academy of Audiology’s professional development program. The AAA Foundation is able to support this expanded Web offering of the Marion Downs Lecture because of generous funding from the Oticon Foundation. This year’s presentation on April 16 (10:00-11:30 am PT) at AudiologyNOW! in the San Diego Convention Center will also be available on demand and at no charge until March 2011 through eAudiology.

Don Schum, PhD, Oticon's VP, audiology and professional relations, worked with the AAA Foundation to facilitate the funding for the new Web format for the annual lecture. He stated, "The Marion Downs Lecture is one of the highlights of AudiologyNOW! each year. As international organizations, Oticon and the Oticon Foundation are pleased that audiologists from around the world will now have access to this cutting-edge presentation in its new Web format. It’s also a great tribute to Dr. Downs who has worked for years as an advocate for hearing health care for children from all over the world."

For the past five years, the Marion Downs Lecture has featured presentations on the most current developments in pediatric hearing health care; the 2010 presentation will be no different. Renowned hearing scientist, Mary Pat Moeller, PhD, director of the Center for Childhood Deafness at Boys Town National Research Hospital, will lecture on Optimizing Early Word Learning in Infants with Hearing Loss. Dr. Moeller’s presentation will examine factors that influence word learning in children with hearing loss. She will discuss how recent developmental research suggests that children develop “smarter” learning strategies as their vocabulary grows, and how these theories have interesting implications for outcome measurement. Her discussion will focus on lexical development in the key areas of vocal development, support for word learning, and access to word learning. She will also discuss ways in which individual differences in developmental transitions can guide clinical decision-making.

Dr. Moeller’s studies at Purdue University encompassed audiology, speech, hearing, and aural rehabilitation, and she subsequently earned a PhD in child language at the University of Nebraska. She is currently conducting a prospective longitudinal study of language development in infants with hearing loss, and she is co-principal investigator of a multicenter study investigating outcomes of hard-of-hearing children. Dr. Moeller has published and lectured widely on language development in children with hearing loss.

Registration for complimentary viewing of the live Web seminar is available on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 100 registrants; all others can view the on-demand Web presentation at eAudiology at no charge from April 20, 2010 through March 31, 2011. Those interested in viewing the Web seminar should visit for more information.

The Board of the AAA Foundation is grateful to the Oticon Foundation for their gift that funds the Marion Downs Lecture each year. This generous contribution enables the AAA Foundation’s support of the presentation of research by Dr. Moeller and other leading hearing scientists, advancing education in pediatric audiology. Visit for more information on the lecture and other programs funded by the AAA Foundation. Photo for use with press release is available upon request; e-mail


The American Academy of Audiology Foundation’s mission is to raise funds and support for programs of excellence in research, education, and public awareness in audiology and the hearing sciences. The AAA Foundation works closely with the American Academy of Audiology to fund promising research grants, to sponsor educational opportunities for students, audiologists and other hearing professionals, and to increase public understanding of the causes, treatments and prevention of hearing loss. The AAA Foundation is exempt under 501(c)3 of the IRS code, and all gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law. For more information, visit the AAA Foundation website at

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