Why Audiologists Won’t Want to Miss the 2018 ASHA Convention The Convention Program Committee means business this year—audiology business! Come to Boston and see a whole new raft of audiology programming. All Ears on Audiology
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All Ears on Audiology  |   September 01, 2018
Why Audiologists Won’t Want to Miss the 2018 ASHA Convention
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  • Sharon A. Sandridge, PhD, CCC-A, is the director of audiology clinical services and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Head and Neck Institute, Cleveland Clinic. sandridges@ccf.org
    Sharon A. Sandridge, PhD, CCC-A, is the director of audiology clinical services and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Head and Neck Institute, Cleveland Clinic. sandridges@ccf.org×
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All Ears on Audiology   |   September 01, 2018
Why Audiologists Won’t Want to Miss the 2018 ASHA Convention
The ASHA Leader, September 2018, Vol. 23, 18-19. doi:10.1044/leader.AEA.23092018.18
The ASHA Leader, September 2018, Vol. 23, 18-19. doi:10.1044/leader.AEA.23092018.18
Audiologists, are you ready to revolutionize learning and evolve your practice? Then join me at the ASHA Convention, November 15–17 in Boston.
Audiology programming at this year’s convention highlights ASHA’s dedication to audiology and provides an opportunity to obtain 30-plus hours of continuing education units. New audiology features this year include a hidden hearing loss mini-symposium, virtual and hands-on labs, and the 2018 inaugural cohort of the Audiology Early Career Professionals program—emphasizing networking and learning opportunities.
As the 2018 co-chair for audiology, I am extremely proud of the audiology members of the Convention Program Committee (CPC). Their passion, dedication and forward thinking helped create an enviable audiology program. I may be slightly biased, but I think this is one of the strongest programs in recent history for audiologists.
Foundation and future
The offering of sessions truly represents the theme of this year’s convention, “Revolutionary Learning, Evolutionary Practice.” Available sessions are: foundational in teaching us the underlying theory or basis of why we do what we do; evolutionary, in changing how we practice; or revolutionary in nature by positing new or innovative concepts, theories and applications that may result in turning our professions upside down. A few examples include:
Foundational
  • Vestibular Evaluation—Using Evidence-Based Practice in Test Interpretation and Report Writing

  • Applications of Motivational Interviewing in the Field of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

  • The Auditory Brainstem (ABR): In and Out of the Operating Room

Evolutionary
  • Disorders of Sound Tolerance and Their Management

  • Spatial Hearing, Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids

  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorders in Children: Diagnosis and Management

Revolutionary
  • Persistent Postural-Perceptional Dizziness (PPPD): Identification and Treatment

  • The Evolution of Biological Therapies for the Inner Ear: Revolutionary Sensorineural Hearing Loss Treatments

  • The New Neurobiology of Speech and Speech Processing

Also, plan on attending Sophie Scott’s second session: “Joking Apart—the Science of Laughter,” an engaging, entertaining and educational talk on why we laugh.

The offering of sessions truly represents the theme of this year’s convention, “Revolutionary Learning, Evolutionary Practice.”

New ways to learn
The CPC developed different learning formats of interest to all audiologists, regardless of career stage, including:
Virtual labs. Visit four different laboratories conducting research in audiology—virtually! See the top scientists in our profession address the answers of tomorrow, today. How exciting to “stop in” at the Eaton-Peabody Lab and see the research team investigate hidden hearing loss, as Sharon Kujawa guides us through the lab and its work. Or “drop in” to Bryan Pfingst’s lab in Michigan for a demonstration of their work on cochlear health and its relationship to cochlear implant performance.
E-posters. This new presentation format combines the interactive exchange of poster sessions with the electronic format of technical sessions—the best of both worlds.
Hands-on/demo labs. What better way to learn than with your hands? These CEU-eligible sessions let attendees get up-close-and-personal with products and techniques.
Master classes. These three-hour sessions offer the most advanced learners an opportunity to investigate a topic at a much deeper level. The pilot year Audiology Master Classes include:
  • Competing in Today’s Audiologic Environment: Tools for Success addresses the challenges and opportunities dispensing audiologists face with OTCs, third-party administrators (TPAs), big-box stores, and insurance coverage.

  • Hearing Loss and Dementia: From Epidemiologic Evidence to Clinical Care focuses on how the maintenance of healthy hearing may impact overall health as we age.

  • A Team Approach to Cochlear Implants: Off-label Use and Importance of Aural Rehabilitation

  • The Use of Psychologic Counseling in the Management of Tinnitus: An In-Depth Study is a discussion of the latest counseling theories as they relate to care in general, and more specifically, to tinnitus management.

Plus, convention is the perfect environment to network with colleagues from around the country. Check your convention program for the dates and times of these opportunities to socialize with your hearing care peers:
  • First-Timer’s Welcome

  • Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall

  • SIGnificant Luncheon

  • Hear Here Reception

We received more than 3,800 submissions this year—a record number—so your days will be filled with learning opportunities. And we may have saved some of the best for Saturday, so stick around for the whole convention! Get all your ASHA Convention information at convention.asha.org.
I may be biased, but by gosh we did it! The audiology topics developed by the CPC deliver a convention that hearing care professionals won’t want to miss. Join us in Boston as we expect to break attendance records in 2018.
Great things await you at the 2018 ASHA Convention. I hope to see you there!
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