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PRe-Congress Workshops


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17 | UBC’s Satellite workshops 


Wideband Acoustic Immitance Outcome in Normal Individuals and Individuals with Different Middle Ear Pathologies; Theoretical and Hands-on Workshop


Electrophysiological measures of hearing thresholds; Theoretical and Hands-on Workshop


School of Audiology & Speech Sciences, University of British Columbia
2177 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z3 - 3rd Floor of Fiedman Building


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Since the turn of the millennium there has been an explosion in the availability of information and the growth of science which has led to significant improvements in health outcomes throughout the world. However differences in outcomes for individual patients, health inequalities and poorly performing health services continue to present a real challenge to hearing healthcare professionals. In this interactive workshop we will focus on understanding the continuum from research to practice that is the foundation of evidence-based practice in 2016. While the roles may differ for researchers and clinicians, there is a shared responsibility for being able to ask good clinical questions, to assess the quality of evidence, and in ensuring that the results of research investments are used to the best clinical effect for our individual patients. This workshop will focus on enhancing relevant knowledge and skills for being an evidence-based hearing healthcare practitioner as well as a contributor to the evidence-base through an active learning approach.


Learning objectives for participants:

  • To understand how evidence-based practice applies to hearing healthcare in 2016
  • To be able to assess the quality of research evidence
  • To be able to describe the barriers and facilitators that can impede or support research implementation in clinical settings.
Theresa Chisolm | BIO
Melanie Ferguson | BIO
Victoria Sanchez | BIO

What's New in CAPD: Testing, Techniques, and Technology for All Ages and Populations

This conference content is aimed toward audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and other professionals whose clinical caseload or student body may include individuals with a central auditory processing diagnosis. Presenters will provide a variety of evidenced-based techniques and highlight technology (old and new) found to be effective or to demonstrate great potential. Participants will learn the current methodology for audiological diagnosis and complimentary speech-language testing, as well as treatment approaches for CAPD across the lifespan. Participants will leave the conference with an understanding of strategies, tools, software, and apps that may be integrated into their everyday practice to facilitate success when working with those with central auditory processing and related disorders. As a team, Kim and Theresa have presented collaborative workshops throughout New York State and Canada, highlighting the importance of an interdisciplinary approach between audiologists and speech-language pathologists when working with individuals with auditory processing disorders.


Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the current practices and future trends in diagnosis and treatment of CAPD and related language disorders.
  • Participate in transdisciplinary, differential diagnosis of auditory processing, attention deficit, and language disorders.
  • Implement new technologies and standard techniques in screening, diagnosis and treatment of CAPD.


Kim Tillery | BIO
Theresa Cinotti | BIO

smartphones, and smarter hearing devices

The combination of Smartphones and Hearings Aids (HAs) is a relatively recent development. Conversely Hearables, which are a recently created product category, have from birth taken connectivity for granted. Squeezed in the middle are the Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) which will almost certainly evolve in interesting ways. Although each of these products focuses on different target uses there are certainly elements of overlap worthy of discussion. Once the common technological aspects have been considered this session will survey the present apps offered in conjunction with these products. Certainly remote control and program selection functionality are expected features, and audio streaming is common (if presently only in proprietary ways). The question is really about where are we headed? There is a lot of processing power available in the palm of your hand, and sending a text message hardly challenges the technology. So how do we tap into the potential? What more advanced ideas can be realized if we more fully integrate the data and processing capabilities on each end of the connection? Will standards emerge to give better “interoperability”, encouraging an ecosystem to flourish? And since this conference focuses on the impaired auditory system will any of this enable us to hear better in noise?


Following the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Better understand the wireless technologies involved
  • Better assess the features being promoted as new products are introduced
  • Understand the challenges moving forward


Steve Armstrong | BIO
PRESENTERS Lorienne Jenstad  

Eligibility criteria for hearing aids and cochlear implants: Evidence and policies

There is no one document or source of reference to determine who should get a hearing aid or cochlear implant, particularly when the government is providing the resources for it. Laws vary by state and/or province—some mandate insurance coverage for hearing aids, some require it only for children, and some require no coverage at all. For example, in the US, 16 states require health benefit plans to pay for children’s hearing aids. Only three states—Arkansas, New Hampshire and Rhode Island—require coverage for children and adults. And Wisconsin requires coverage for both hearing aids and cochlear implants for children. Requirements vary by state for ages covered, amount of coverage, benefit period and provider qualifications. Coverage for cochlear implantation is even more mixed. In this special workshop, three exceptional experts will inform and generate discussion relative to current criteria, pitfalls, and policy-change needs.


Following the workshop, participants will

  • Better understand the issues related to provincial reimbursement for hearing aids and cochlear implants;
  • Better understand the current coverage regulations;
  • Be prepared to promote decision-making policies

Sponsored by:




Ruth Bentler | BIO
Michelle Arnold | BIO
Richard Dowell | BIO
Elizabeth Fitzpatrick | BIO

How to incorporate screening for cognitive, vision and falls risks into practice

Many older adults seek audiological assessment and rehabilitation services. Age-related changes in vision, cognition, and mobility are highly prevalent and well-assessed by specialists in their respective domains. Despite being frequently co-morbid, these conditions are rarely considered concurrently by specialized health care providers. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize hearing care providers with current research linking age-related changes in sensation-perception, cognition, and mobility and to provide an overview of common and effective screening measures. Participants will learn about a validated Visual Impairment Screening Questionnaire widely used to identify individuals at risk for falls. They will learn about the major areas of cognitive function, the effects of hearing and visual loss on cognitive assessment, and gain hands-on experience with the Montréal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) as one example screening measure. We discuss the effects of sensory loss on mobility-related outcomes and falls risk and provide hands-on experience with self-report inventories (e.g., Activities-Specific Balance Confidence Scale) and simple behavioural tasks (e.g., Timed Up and Go test).


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe links between age-related changes in sensation-perception, cognition, and mobility;
  • Use common, well-validated screening tools for vision, cognition, and mobility;
  • Develop abilities to use of such measures appropriately in audiological service delivery.



Natalie Phillips | BIO
Dr. Jennifer Campos | BIO
Dr. Walter Wittich | BIO

Population and public health approaches to hearing care: From epidemiology and Big Data to community-based participatory research

With big data comes big opportunity. Here we will show how big data is being used to identify a broad range of factors and conditions that influence our hearing health. During this session we will introduce attendees to the fields of public health and epidemiology. People will learn about multiple databases that are open for public use, and be introduced to 'best practices' when conducting population-based research. Experts will share their recent research findings from studies being carried out in various parts of the world. Attendees will be invited to share their own research questions/ideas so that they can get feedback from our panel of experts.


  1. To identify three different databases that are open to the public for research purposes.
  2. To recognize gaps in knowledge that public health approaches to research could fill
  3. To identify what kind of training is needed to independently carry out public/population health research

Kelly Tremblay | BIO
Andre Goedegebur | BIO
Howard Hoffman | BIO
Adrian Davis | BIO
Andrew Smith | BIO