2013 Friday Workshops

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2013 Friday Workshops

Workshop Schedule with Descriptions

All sessions will take place at the Oregon Convention Center unless noted otherwise. Times are subject to change – be sure to consult the final Convention 2013 Program and Exhibit Guide that will be in your Registration Bag. Registration badges must be worn to attend all sessions and to visit the Exhibit Hall (free 'Exhibit Hall Only' passes are available at the Convention Registration Desk).

  • Advocacy  (Room: E147/148)
  • Assistive & Other Technology  (Room: E141/142)
  • More Advocacy & Technology  (Room: E143/144)
  • Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants  (Room: E145)
  • Relationships & Communication  (Room: D137/138)

9 a.m. – Noon


Research Symposium: Latest Developments in Hearing Rehabilitation Research

Room: Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 254/255

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Sponsored by: AT&T

Moderator:
Dr. Joseph J. Montano, Ed.D., an associate professor of audiology in Clinical Otolaryngology and director of Audiology and Speech - Language Pathology at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Montano’s clinical expertise is in the area of audiologic rehabilitation, with particular interest in adjustment to adult onset hearing loss, hearing assistive technology systems and hearing aids. He is a former member of the HLAA Board of Trustees.

Summary:
The highly anticipated Research Sympoisum which will be presented by research audiologists from the VA National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) located at the Portland VA Medical Center.

Individual Presentations:

Diabetes and Hearing Loss: Current Findings and Thoughts
Presenter: Tina Penman, Au.D. is an audiologist at NCRAR and attends local HLAA Portland Chapter meetings.

Approaches to Tinnitus Management
(a) Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Presenter: Sarah Theodoroff received her M.S. in speech and hearing science from Wayne State University in 1998 and her Ph.D. in audiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign in 2006.

(b) Progressive Tinnitus Management
Presenter: Tara Zaugg, Au.D. is a licensed, certified, and clinically - privileged research audiologist employed at NCRAR.

Approaches to Auditory Rehabilitation
(a) Computerized Auditory Training
Presenter: Melissa Frederick received her Au.D. from the University of Iowa in 2008.

(b) Group Aural Rehabilitation
Presenter: Mitch Turbin, Ph.D. is a counseling psychologist who has been a research investigator at NCRAR since 2002.

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


ADA Update: Impact of Recent Revisions for People with Hearing Loss

Room: E147/148

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Presenters:
Barney Fleming, Ph.D., training and technical assistance specialist, Northwest ADA Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Michael Richardson, lead training and technical assistance specialist, Northwest ADA Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Summary:
Significant revisions to the ADA regulations for state, local government and also businesses were adopted in 2010. The presenters will discuss those revisions which are likely to have the greatest impact for people with hearing loss. Also to be discussed are the requirements in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design which are likely to have the most significance. Effective strategies for implementing these regulations, including discussion of examples from case law, will be emphasized.

Facilitating Communication with Smart Phone Technologies

Room: E141/142

Presenter:
Perry C. Hanavan, Au.D., Professor/Audiologist, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

Summary:
Nearly 1 in 2 Americans owns a smart phone. Smart phone sales have surpassed personal computer (PC) purchases. Smart phones have changed the way people interact with each other. Smart phone technologies provide opportunities for enhancing and improving communication in one’s daily life. Many smart phone technologies can serve as a “hearing assistive technology” (HAT) for persons with hearing loss. The latest smart phone hearing aid compatible features (HAC), technologies and strategies for facilitating communication will be presented.

Previewing VR4HearingLoss.net

Room: E143/144

Moderator:
Steven Boone, Ph.D.

Panel:
Sam Trychin, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, is currently in private practice specializing in treatment for people who have hearing loss and their communication partners. Dr Trychin is also a faculty member for the Ida Institute, an educational foundation in Copenhagen, Denmark endowed to promote a better understanding of hearing loss around the world. Dr. Trychin also provides psychological consulting services to Stairways Behavioral Health in Erie, PA. Dr. Trychin has hearing loss and was issued his first hearing aid while serving in the United States Air Force. He has been a hearing aid user since that time. Further information about Dr. Trychin’s program for people who have hearing loss, their communication partners, and professionals who provide services to them can be obtained at www.trychin.com.

Brenda Battat is the executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). Ms Battat’s vision for HLAA is to eradicate the stigma and increase the public’s awareness about hearing loss as a public health issue; continue HLAA’s work of helping people face the everyday challenges of living and working successfully with hearing loss, advocate for more hearing friendly public places and improve access to affordable hearing health care. Ms. Battat has a profound hearing loss and uses a cochlear implant and hearing aid for better hearing.

Patty Conway, CRC has an extensive background in counseling and administration of vocational rehabilitation services for persons with hearing loss in the Kentucky state Vocational Rrehabilitation agency, being one of the first to implement the national service model. She has participated in numerous regional and national activities including the CSAVR Committee on Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Persons who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened. Patty has a hearing loss and was a consumer of vocational rehabilitation services during college and early employment.

Katherine Berry, Ed.D. Katherine Berry, EdD, brings 20 years of higher education experience to her current role in educational research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her background includes progressive responsibility within the areas of student affairs, institutional advancement, teaching, consulting, and research. Berry serves as project manager for the development, implementation and evaluation of VR4HearingLoss.net.

Summary:
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), an agency of the US Department of Education, funded development of a training resource for vocational rehabilitation counselors serving the hard of hearing and late deafened adult populations. The resource has been developed by a nationally-recognized panel of experts in vocational rehabilitation, audiology, and consumer advocacy led by Steven Boone, PhD, who is based at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The result of this work is a free, web-based training resource, VR4HearingLoss.net.

In this session, participants will learn how Vocational Rehabilitation services can be utilized by persons who are hard of hearing or late deafened to seek support in gaining and maintaining employment.

The session will demonstrate how the web resource answers the questions:

  • WHO are persons with hearing loss and how can we best facilitate effective communication in the VR setting?
  • WHAT are the characteristics of hearing loss and what are ways of diagnosing and treating people with hearing loss?
  • HOW can vocational rehabilitation professionals appropriately serve consumers with hearing loss who are seeking employment or need assistance in maintaining their current employment?
  • WHERE can people with hearing loss find current information, long-term support and tools for self-advocacy?

VR4HearingLoss.net was designed to meet the individual VR counselor’s training needs in a convenient (desktop), cost effective (free), and comprehensive (expert-developed) way. For consumers with hearing loss, the resource describes the services available from vocational rehabilitation and providing tools to facilitate a potentially successful VR outcome.

The Bilateral Cochlear Implant Experience

Room: E145

Presenters:
Joseph Duarte, president and company principal, Duartek, Inc.

Karen Engelhardt, educational trainer with People and Hearing! Education, Training and Consulting!

Summary:
This workshop will focus on the enrichment of the auditory experience of bilateral cochlear implants versus a single cochlear implant. Two bilateral cochlear implant users will discuss the data presented in studies that have been published about the benefits of bilateral Implants and will also share many particular details about the dramatic shift they experienced in their ability to function in a very acoustical world.

Perseverance, Success and YOU

Room: D137/138

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Presenter:
Brian Patrick Jensen, public speaker, trainer, human resource management consultant, BrianPatrickJensen.com

Summary:
Personal resilience and the ability to cope with crisis and overcome obstacles are learned behaviors and deliberate decisions, not personality attributes. This session describes the dynamics of perseverance and implores specific “things resilient people do” to triumph over adversity. The workshop includes action items and follow-up tasks to create your own strategy to face and conquer difficult challenges, including and especially related to obstacles faced by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.


Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness for People with Hearing Loss

Room: E147/148

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Presenters:
Lise Hamlin, director of public policy, Hearing Loss Association of America

Scott Smith, EMT instructor for Coconino County Community College, Captain and Paramedic for Guardian Medical Transport in Flagstaff and software administrator for their patient charting software.

Summary:
Most people don’t think about preparing for emergencies – until it’s too late. That’s not good for anyone but could be disastrous for someone with a hearing loss. This workshop will bring you the latest on emergency access and how you can prepare, cutting edge technologies you need to know about, and what government and industry are working on to make the technologies we use every day more helpful in emergencies.

Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program Association (TEDPA) – Finding Equipment in Your State

Room: E141/142

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Presenter:
Shannon Smith, Director of Telecommunications & Technical Assistance/Relay Administrator, State of New Mexico Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons

Summary:
The mission of the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program Association (TEDPA) is to convene for the purpose of information exchange and to assist one another with the administration of specialized telecommunication equipment distribution programs for persons with disabilities.

TEDPA is building a relationship with HLAA its local chapters to better serve the hearing loss community. This workshop will assist consumers in locating their local TEDPs, obtaining the appropriate equipment, referring others to the program and assisting in testing and feedback about equipment. The impact of TIA-4953, the standard for specialized high-gain amplified telephones, and the equipment that is distributed by state programs will also be discussed. Lastly, this presentation will touch on new and innovative equipment that State TEDPs are exploring-such as iPads.

Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace: How to Make Your Organization More Accessible for People with Hearing Loss

Room: E143/144

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Presenter:
Barbara Johnson, project manager, Customer Support, Information Services & Technology, MIT

Summary:
This workshop will help participants understand the broad benefits of accessibility in the workplace for those with hearing loss. Hearing loss at work does not have to be an obstacle. The benefits of greater accessibility are both global and local, assisting individuals with and without hearing loss. Armed with this fresh perspective you can be more successful in persuading your organization to make changes that contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment where you feel welcome and productive.

Major themes that will be addressed are:

  • Self-advocacy and hearing loss awareness. Telling your hearing loss story in an informative and compelling way.
  • Benefits of building partnerships with like-minded individuals. How to make a difference in your organization.
  • Hearing Assistive Technology in professional settings. Exploring options and creative solutions.

The Search for Meaning: Hearing Aid Jargon, Circuits and Options

Room: E145

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Presenter:
Douglas Beck, Au.D., employed by Oticon Inc, Somerset NJ and the American Academy of Audiology, Reston, VA

Summary:
Hearing aids are absolutely amazing – yet, sometimes – confusing. This presentation will address “intelligent automatics” (compression, adaptive directionality, noise reduction and more), their purpose and usefulness, and pragmatic evidence from independent and university-based labs. Additional topics will include feedback reduction, open-fits, extended bandwidths and the importance and advantages of wireless hearing aid technologies.

Ear Rage! My Life with Hearing Loss

Room: D137/138

Presenter:
Gael Hannan, writer and consumer editor at Hearing Health & Technology Matters; performer, hearing health advocate

Summary:
Ear Rage! is a powerful presentation that takes the audience to the heart of the hearing loss life. Gael Hannan uses her signature wit and insight to explore the impact of hearing loss on relationships, working, health care, raising children, reading lips, traveling, and other activities. In an unforgettable, performance-style presentation that vibrates with the heartrending and humorous realities of fractured communication, Gael offers a unique vision of living a successful life with hearing loss.