Otoacoustic Emissions and the Academy Research Conference (ARC) 2009: Interview with Brenda L. Lonsbury-Martin, PhD, Chair of the ARC 2009 Program Committee
Dr. Lonsbury-Martin talks with Douglas L. Beck, AuD, Web content editor about this inaugural Academy Research Conference, held the first day of AudiologyNOW!, April 1, 2009, in Dallas, TX. This year’s theme: “Otoacoustic Emissions—Improving Practice Through Science.
Academy: Hi, Brenda. It’s great to catch up with you.
Lonsbury-Martin: Hi, Doug. Great to speak with you, too.
Academy: Brenda, I know you’re a prolific author and researcher, and I’m very familiar with your innovative work in otoacoustic emissions and some of your other work in neuroscience, but today, I’d like to focus on the upcoming Academy Research Conference (ARC) that takes place on the first day of AudiologyNOW! in Dallas on April 1.
Lonsbury-Martin: Sure, that would be great.
Academy: Okay, please tell me about your assignment regarding the ARC?
Lonsbury-Martin: Well, I’m the chair of the ARC 2009 Program Committee. Our committee worked to put together the agenda for the event and to choose speakers, topics, and formats. Pat Feeney, PhD, president of the Academy, will serve as the host and will do the introductions of the speakers.
Academy: Excellent. How large was the committee?
Lonsbury-Martin: We had just over a dozen people. So the discussions were dynamic and the ideas fantastic. We were quite fortunate to have excellent input, which made the task easier and I think we’ve assembled a great panel of speakers—I’m sure we’ll learn quite a lot.
Academy: Okay, let’s start with David Kemp. I know he’ll be there. What will he be discussing?
Lonsbury-Martin: Doug, as you know, David is actually a physicist and he’s pretty much the “grandfather” of otoacoustic emissions. So, David will be kicking off the meeting with a review of the history of OAEs and how it all started. Then at the end of the afternoon session, he’ll participate in the general panel discussion.
Academy: Very good…who else will be presenting?
Lonsbury-Martin: Christopher Shera from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard University will be discussing the differences across the various OAE types. In other words, when one chooses distortion products versus transients, what are we measuring with respect to generator sources and are they the same or different? Then we’ve got Michael Gorga from Boys Town National Research Hospital. He’ll be discussing factors that may or may not influence OAE test protocols and their performance in the clinic, with an emphasis on practical applications.
Academy: Very interesting. I like the emphasis on practical applications, too. That’s so important as the audience is primarily made up of audiologists doing OAEs, and they want to know what they can do Monday morning in the clinic, to better understand and record OAEs. Who else will be presenting?
Lonsbury-Martin: Lynne Marshall works at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory in Groton Connecticut. She’ll be presenting her work on OAEs and noise-induced hearing loss and related applications with OAEs potentially as a “pre-clinical” predictor of noise-induced hearing loss.
Jonathan Siegel is from Northwestern University. He’ll be discussing sound and sound measurement with OAEs, from the perspective of someone purchasing OAE equipment—what should you look for, and what hardware and software really matters?
Academy: That sounds great, Brenda. I’m sure it’s difficult to really know which features are important when you’re first acquiring OAE equipment. All of it seems impressive and important, but then the purchase decision is often made by someone who has little OAE experience, and it can be hard to see the forest for the trees when you’re first getting involved. Excellent topic. Who else will be speaking?
Lonsbury-Martin: We’ve also have Beth Prieve. Beth is the chair of the Academy’s Research Committee at this time, and she’ll be discussing diagnosis and screening applications using OAEs in infants and children based on her experience with the screening program in New York State. And finally, we have John Guinan, also from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and he’ll be addressing issues related to the use of OAEs to measure auditory efferent system activity.
Academy: And then the group assembles for a panel discussion with questions from the audience?
Lonsbury-Martin: Exactly…We’ll see how the time goes and what the clock allows, but the panel discussion should be robust, educational, interesting, and fun.
Academy: Okay, Brenda, thanks very much for your time. The ARC event sounds very interesting and I believe you and the committee have assembled an extraordinary panel of speakers. I’ll look forward to seeing you there.
Lonsbury-Martin: Thanks, Doug. I’ll look forward to seeing you there, too.
At ARC you will be provided with a continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and a wine and cheese reception. Poster sessions are included in the program. The call for poster submissions will be open through February 1, 2009.