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Upcoming Webinar: Remarkable Challenges in Pediatric Audiology – Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 12pm ET

DATE: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 – 12pm EST

SPEAKER: Marlene Bagatto, Au.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the National Centre for Audiology, at Western University.

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Non Member fee – $50.00


Audiologists who support children who have hearing loss regularly encounter challenging cases. For these unique scenarios, the various assessment and management protocols that are available may not provide the guidance we need. This is because the main goal of clinical protocols is to provide the necessary details to operationalize the evidence-based guidance on best practice for the target population. Protocols do not and cannot address the unique characteristics of the child, family, and clinical and environmental contexts. Further, research questions remain unanswered for many of the situations we face as pediatric audiologists. Regardless, we are motivated to apply the protocol and our best clinical judgement to make recommendations for the child and family. When clinical uncertainty arises due to the state of knowledge about the scenario, this is known as “clinical equipoise”. This concept is helpful as we navigate these challenging scenarios.

In this presentation, pediatric case examples will be shared for discussion. Each case will have its own challenging characteristics that are not addressed by current research or protocols. Attendees will learn about the clinical recommendations and resulting outcomes for each case. It is anticipated that more questions than answers will surface as a result of this presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the challenges associated with managing unilateral hearing loss in infants.
  2. Explain some factors when considering technology recommendations for infants and young children who have auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD).
  3. Define how to proceed with a hearing aid fitting to an infant who has no responses to the auditory brainstem response (ABR) assessment.

SPEAKER BIO: Marlene Bagatto, Au.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the National Centre for Audiology, at Western University.

Marlene Bagatto is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the National Centre for Audiology at Western University. The research in her Pediatric Audiology Strategies and Systems Laboratory focusses on policy and practice integration for infant and child hearing. Dr. Bagatto is Chair of the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force which advocates for equitable infant hearing health care across Canada. Marlene is a Past President of CAA, and a CAA Board Member.

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Archived Webinar: Auditory scene analysis : understanding the fundamental mechanisms of auditory perception and perspective for audiological rehabilitation – Aired Thursday, June 9th, 2022 – 2pm EST

Date: Thursday, June 9th – 2pm EST

SPEAKER: Andréanne Sharp, M.P.A., Ph.D.Professeure adjointe et Chercheure CERVO, Programme d’Audiologie, Département de réadaptation, Faculté de Médecine Université Laval


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In everyday life, it is rare to find an environment where there is only one sound at a time. The daily auditory scene of human is made of a wide variety of sounds with various spectral and temporal components. The ability to integrate auditory inputs that belong together and segregate those that come from different sound sources to allow a mental representation is called auditory scene analysis (Bregman, 1994).

In this webinar, you will learn what types of behavioral tasks can be used to investigate the auditory scene analysis. Auditory illusions are precious tools to better understand perception as they allow us to investigate the limits of auditory perception. In the first part of the presentation, I will discuss how auditory illusions can provide a better understanding of auditory scene analysis in difficult contexts and how these illusions can be used for research and clinical purposes.

In the second part of this webinar, a new therapeutical perspective to try to improve auditory scene analysis will be presented. A population particularly bothered by auditory scene analysis difficulties are the elderly. Age-related hearing loss is a significant problem that leads to difficulty understanding speech in noise and impaired perception of music. In a recent literature review from our laboratory, we assessed if musical therapy could be a useful tool for audiological rehabilitation in the elderly. We will discuss the reviewed evidence and perspectives for research and clinical practice in audiology.

Learning Points:

  1. To understand better what is auditory scene analysis and why is it so important in everyday life.
  2. How auditory illusions can help us to investigate auditory scene analysis?
  3. How can we help our patient to improve auditory scene analysis by widening horizons to to new forms of audiological therapy.

SPEAKER BIO: Andréanne Sharp, M.P.A., Ph.D.Professeure adjointe et Chercheure CERVO, Programme d’Audiologie, Département de réadaptation, Faculté de Médecine Université Laval

Andréanne Sharp is an assistant professor at Laval University in the rehabilitation department of the faculty of medicine and also, a certified clinical audiologist. Passionate about research and filled with a deep desire to improve quality of life of people with hearing loss, she obtained her Ph.D. in the Auditory Neuroscience Research Laboratory of Professor François Champoux at the University of Montreal. She then pursued postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Zatorre at McGill University. It is her musical background that gave her the innovative idea of developing research projects linking audiology and music. In her clinical practice in audiology throughout Quebec, she has met many patients complaining of difficulty perceiving music with their hearing aids. She therefore saw the need to develop new rehabilitation tools for this population. According to her, the solution to this problem began with exploration of other senses. This is why she started to develop vibrotactile technological tools allowing her to study musical perception in individuals with profound deafness.

Within her laboratory, Andréanne Sharp hopes to continue the development of knowledge in the field of adult rehabilitation by studying the limitations caused by deafness in terms of communication and recreation. To do this, the first part of his research program consists in studying the fundamental mechanisms of auditory scene analysis and music perception in normal individuals as well as those who have followed musical training. This new fundamental knowledge is necessary to develop new rehabilitation tools that can be used by clinicians. The second part of her research program aims to study the impact of deafness on auditory skills related to music perception in order to propose rehabilitation tools. She would like to investigate how to more adequately adjust existing compensatory tools for individuals with deafness (hearing aid or cochlear implant) and work on the development of new technological rehabilitation tools (for example, vibrotactile aids) in order to allow people with hearing loss to make a better analysis of the auditory scene. The professor also wishes to measure the effect of auditory training (for example, musical training) on central auditory skills in order to develop tools that can be used in rehabilitation.


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Archived Webinar: Cochlear Implantation and Single-Sided Deafness with Kari Smilsky – Aired Thursday, May 26th, 2022 – 2pm EST

Date: Thursday, May 26th – 2pm EST

SPEAKER: Kari Smilsky, Senior Audiologist, Cochlear Implant Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Lecturer, University of Toronto: Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

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Single sided hearing loss poses significant challenges to communication despite having one normal hearing ear. Individuals with single sided deafness (SSD) report decreased hearing in the presence of background noise and poor localization ability. Traditional treatments for SSD involve contralateral routing of sound via a conventional acoustic CROS hearing aid or via bone conduction. These treatment modalities offer little in the way of improving localization or squelch. Candidacy criteria for cochlear implants (CI) have expanded considerably over the past thirty years and patients with SSD are now an emerging population of candidates for cochlear implantation.

In this webinar, we will review the evolution of cochlear implant candidacy from bilateral profound hearing loss to considering single-sided deafness. The challenges in evaluating objective and subjective outcomes of a cochlear implant in the context of a normal hearing ear will be summarized along with a discussion of a variety of ways to quantify benefit. Results will be presented from a study group of more than seventy recipients who have received a cochlear implant for single-sided deafness. The importance of auditory rehabilitation will be summarized along with factors that may influence outcomes.

Learning Points:

1. What are the binaural benefits of providing a cochlear implant for single-sided deafness?
2. What factors should be considered to determine candidacy for a cochlear implant for single-sided deafness?
3. How can subjective questionnaires complement objective measures to quantify outcomes of a cochlear implant for single-sided deafness?

SPEAKER BIO: Kari Smilsky, Senior Audiologist, Cochlear Implant Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Lecturer, University of Toronto: Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Kari Smilsky is an audiologist who has been employed at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto for the past twenty-two years. She has worked with the Cochlear Implant Program since 2006. Kari holds a Masters of Clinical Science Degree from the University of Western Ontario in Communication Disorders and a Bachelor of Science Degree from McMaster University. In additional to working clinically with cochlear implant patients, Kari’s research interests include bilateral cochlear implants, single-sided deafness, auditory brainstem implants, hearing preservation, and the expansion of cochlear implant candidacy. Through her involvement in the Canadian Cochlear Implant Centres Group, Kari has been involved in the development of national clinical standards for bilateral cochlear implant candidacy and provision of cochlear implants for single-sided deafness. Kari sits on the Audiology Advisory Board

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Archived Webinar: NEURAL CORRELATES OF LISTENING EFFORT with Andrew Dimitrijevic – Aired FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH, 2022

Aired: Friday, April 29th – 1 PM ET

SPEAKER: Andrew Dimitrijevic, PhD,  Research Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Associate Professor University of Toronto, Dept. Otolaryngology and Physiology.

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Understanding the neural mechanisms of listening effort has become a “hot topic” in recent years at both clinical and basic science research levels. Clinicians have a vested interest in understanding listening effort since most of their clients seek help to resolve effortful listening to speech in real-world environments. From a basic science perspective, understanding how the brain encodes, decodes sounds and generates a subjective percept is of profound interest with applications well beyond audiology.

In this webinar we will summarize how we characterize listening effort and some physiological measures including reaction times, pupillometry, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG). Special emphasis will be placed on EEG since, in my opinion, this is the most direct brain measure of listening effort. The webinar will draw upon reports of typical hearing and hearing-impaired populations including those with hearing aids and cochlear implants. Although there is still much work to be done in this relatively young field, the attendees will appreciate that listening effort is a phenomenon that can be quantified with neural metrics. Listening effort is part of many different scales/subscales of Quality of Life. Attendees will also learn that there are emerging methods to quantify Quality of Life and how we need to move beyond the audiogram to get a more complete picture of hearing.

Learning Points:

1. How can we quantify listening effort using objective measures?
2. What types of EEG signals should we look for, how do we extract these measures?
3. Can we quantify Quality of Life using neural measures?

SPEAKER BIO: Andrew Dimitrijevic, PhD,  Research Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Associate Professor University of Toronto, Dept. Otolaryngology and Physiology.

Dr. Dimitrijevic’s work focuses on using EEG measures to understand the neural mechanisms of hearing and how hearing loss affects sensory and cognitive processing. Current themes of research include listening effort, neural metrics of quality of life, cognitive systems in audition, and neural-based rehabilitation in people with cochlear implants. Dr. Dimitrijevic completed his PhD at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Terrence Picton. His PhD examined how ASSRs (auditory steady-state responses) can be used in to objectively quantify degree of hearing loss. After his PhD, Dr. Dimitrijevic worked with Dr. David Stapells at UBC as a postdoc studying neural metrics of spatial hearing. Soon after, Dr. Dimitrijevic travelled to University of California, Irvine to work with Dr. Arnold Starr to develop objective measures in people with Auditory Neuropathy. In 2012 Dr. Dimitrijevic started a scientist position at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre and since 2016, Dr. Dimitrijevic has been at Sunnybrook as Research Director of the Cochlear Implant Program. www.cibrainlab.com

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ARCHIVED WEBINAR: CAA Clinical Placement Webinar – April 19th, 2022

4CAA has assembled a talented panel of Audiologists from diverse practice areas to discuss their experiences working with students and answer all of your questions on obtaining the ideal clinical placement for your interests.

Aired: Tuesday, April 19that 8pm (EST)

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Clinical Placement Webinar – CAA final 2022

Hosts: Dr. Justyn Pisa, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, MB and Dr. Chris Allan, Western University, London, ON


  • Jillian Price, M.Sc, Aud (C), HearingLife Canada & CAA Board Member
  • Bonnie Cooke, MClSc, Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, ON
  • Salima Jiwani, Ph.D., M.Sc., AudioSense, Toronto, ON
  • Daniela Stangherlin, Au.D., Central Speech and Hearing Clinic, Winnipeg, MB

Archived Webinar: IDA Webinar – Improving Client Motivation and Satisfaction Through Person-Centered Care With Ena Nielsen & Helle Gjønnes Møller – Aired: February 24, 2022

Aired: Thursday February 24 – 12 PM ET

SPEAKER: Ena Nielsen, Associate Director & Helle Gjønnes Møller, Communications Specialist and Project Manager at the Ida Institute

HOST: Sarah Mason, CAA Director and Past CAA President, Dalhousie University

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Research shows that supporting clients to be actively involved in their own care not only improves their motivation to go ahead with care – it also helps create better treatment outcomes and increases client satisfaction. This approach of actively involving clients in their own treatment is often referred to as person-centered care (PCC).

Over the past decade, the acknowledgement of PCC has been steadily growing and it is increasingly being integrated in standards and regulations globally, such as ISO 21388, the first international standard for hearing aid fitting management. However, the process of introducing and delivering PCC is still slow in places – and many hearing care professionals feel they would benefit from more dedicated training in the area.

This webinar outlines the fundamental principles of PCC and breaks down the concept into distinct and manageable parts. What, for example, does it mean to show empathy, listen actively, and to involve clients in shared decision-making and goal-setting? And how can you involve family members in a meaningful and productive way? To inspire further learning and exploration of PCC, participants will also be introduced to Inspired by Ida – a program established to help hearing care professionals implement PCC in their everyday practice. Finally, Inspired by Ida members, Kimberly A. Eskritt from Lambton Audiology Associates and Karine Bossé from Echo Audiology, will share some concrete examples of how PCC makes a difference in their clinical practice.

Learning Points:

After watching this webinar, participants will be able to

    1. Describe what PCC is and what the benefits are for clients and HCPs
    2. Begin to apply the principles of PCC in daily practice
    3. Understand how the Inspired by Ida program provides professional development in the core principles of PCC

SPEAKER BIO: Ena Nielsen, Associate Director & Helle Gjønnes Møller, Communications Specialist and Project Manager at the Ida Institute


Ena Nielsen is Associate Director at the Ida Institute, a non-profit organization based in Denmark with the mission to build a community that embraces person-centered care and empowers people to get the hearing care they need. Before joining the Ida Institute, Ena worked in corporate social responsibility and strategic professional development at Deloitte for 11 years and prior to that in educational publishing. Ena holds an M.A. in German and English language and literature from the University of Copenhagen and a Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Oxford. Ena can be contacted at enni@idainstitute.dk


Helle Gjønnes Møller is Communications Specialist and Project Manager at the Ida Institute. One of Helle’s key focus areas is driving the Inspired by Ida program, helping to ensure that person-centered care is prioritized and implemented in clinician practice. Helle can be contacted at hegj@idainstitute.dk





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Archived VCM: Virtual Conference Modules – Fall 2021

Virtual Conference Modules (VCM): 
More than a webinar, shorter than a full-day conference!


The CAA education event fall 2021 will be a series of virtual conference modules from September through early December 2021.  Each 2-hour, themed module contains more variety than a webinar and is easier to fit into your schedule.

It is clear to us that October 2021 is too soon to expect our registrants, speakers and sponsors to travel to Kelowna for our previously planned on-site event.  We are confident that you will enjoy our uniquely planned 4 VCM series.

Themes are:

1. ‘Trends in Paediatric Hearing Care’   Aired Sept. 21, 7-9 PM ET
•    Keynote: Andrea Pittman, Arizona State University
•    20 questions expert Marlene Bagatto, Western University
Watch the archived recording here

2.‘Supporting Adults with Hearing Loss’ Aired Oct. 20, 7-9 PM ET
•    Keynote: Esther Oh, Johns Hopkins University
•    20 questions expert Lorienne Jenstad, University of British Columbia

Watch the archived recording here

3. Implantable Hearing Technologies   Aired Nov. 13, 11AM-1PM ET
•    Keynote: Ellen Andries, Antwerp University
•    20 questions expert Bill Hodgetts, iRSM University of Alberta

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4. The following panel of international industry experts discuss The Future of Hearing Aid technology    Aired Dec. 4th, 11:00 AM -1:00 PM ET

• Filip Roenne – WS Audiology
• Thomas Behrens – Oticon
• Jill Mecklenburger – GnResound
• Sara Burdak – Starkey
• Gurjit Singh – Sonova

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Archived Webinar: Communication Access for Children Via Personal Remote Microphone Systems: What Does Research Tell Us? With Dawna Lewis: Aired: June 29th, 2021

SPEAKER: Dawna E. Lewis, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska


The negative effects of noise, distance, and reverberation on children with hearing loss have been well-documented. In many situations, hearing instruments alone are not sufficient to allow communication access for these children across a range of environments.  Research also has shown that children with normal hearing and special listening needs can be negatively impacted by poor acoustics. Remote microphone systems are designed to overcome the deleterious effects of noise, distance, and reverberation. In the 1960s, self-contained remote microphone systems using frequency modulation (FM) technology and body-worn receivers were first introduced. Advances in remote microphone technology have continued to improve their flexibility, adaptability, and convenience. Although ongoing advances in hearing-instrument technology also have resulted in improved speech understanding for listeners with hearing loss, use of remote microphone systems remains an important option for speech understanding in complex acoustic environments. This seminar will provide attendees with a discussion of research on personal remote microphone technology for children as it relates to their communication access.  Future research needs to continue to advance our evidence base also will be addressed.

Learning Points:

  • Have knowledge of advances in personal remote microphone technology since its introduction in the 1960s.
  • Have knowledge of the impact of remote microphone technology on speech understanding in children with hearing loss and in children with normal hearing who have special listening needs.
  • Have knowledge of research findings regarding remote microphone technology.


Speaker: Dawna E. Lewis, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Boys Town National Research Hospital

Dawna Lewis, PhD, is a Sr. Research Associate at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.  She has presented and published on topics involving pediatric audiology/amplification and hearing assistance technologies, including remote microphone systems. Dr. Lewis served on the AAA Task Force on Guidelines for Remote Microphone Hearing Assistance Technology.  She is involved in research addressing issues related to amplification and speech perception in children. Recent work has examined the impact of mild bilateral and unilateral hearing loss on children’s speech understanding in complex environments by manipulating acoustic and visual characteristics of the environments and tasks.

Archived Webinar: Communication strategies to support client behaviour change with Jennifer Irwin – Aired: June 3rd, 2021

DATE: Thursday, June 3rd – 2 PM ET

SPEAKER:  Dr. Jennifer Irwin, Health Behaviourist, The Monarch System, Inc.


Do you ever feel like you are more invested in your clients’ health-related behaviours than they are? Or, that you spend a fair amount of energy trying to convince clients to do what’s in their best interest?  Do you wish there were some fairly simple tools to help facilitate your clients feeling and being more invested in their own changes? There are! This brief introductory webinar brings aspects of motivational interviewing, coaching, and health behaviour theory together to focus on some practical, evidence-based communication strategies to help build motivation and transition that enhanced motivation into a strengthened and real commitment to behaviour change.

Learning Points:

By the end of this talk, participants should have a basic understanding/review of:

  • some evidence-based, effective ways to communicate with clients to foster behaviour change;
  • how “not to” communicate with clients, if the goal is behaviour change; and
  • how effective communication with clients benefits both clients and providers.


Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Irwin, Health Behaviourist, The Monarch System, Inc.

Dr. Jennifer Irwin is a health behaviourist, motivational interviewing and coaching trainer, multi-award-winning teacher, and widely published researcher.  With 100+ peer-reviewed journal articles, 5 books, and 130 invited talks, Dr. Irwin is most proud of her collaborative work with those who are working to make our world a healthier and better place. She is passionate about kindness, collaboration, and each of us doing our part to support one another. Her research focusses primarily on the application of motivational interviewing and coaching on health-related behaviours.

Archived Webinar: Addressing the elephant in the room: sales in a clinical profession with Andreas Seelisch – Aired: April 22, 2021

DATE: Thursday, April 22nd– 1 PM ET

SPEAKER:  Speaker: Andreas Seelisch, M.Sc., B.H.Sc. (Hons), Reg. CASLPO , Director of Audiology, Hearing Solutions


Many clinicians enter audiology unaware that sales acumen was something they might need. Whether it’s not an interest, does not come naturally or was wasn’t a part of their formal education, it does remain a very real part of private practice. This evidence based talk addresses some of the aspects of our profession that make many of us uncomfortable such as talking about money, hearing aids being expensive and other common objections we face when counselling with our patients.

This talk will address reconciling what it means to be both a medical professional as well as a salesperson and how that doesn’t need to be a conflict. We will identify a variety of practical tools and strategies for clinicians to choose from that can organically compliment their individual style and ultimately help achieve success in reaching more patients while feeling good about it! Finally it covers what the literature tells us about some of the most common objections and how we can use that understanding to help manage those objections better.

  • Help reconcile what it means to be an audiologist as well as a sales professional
  • Discuss common objections, what they mean and how to manage them
  • Provide tools and strategies that help us better understand and connect to our patients

Speaker: Andreas Seelisch, M.Sc., B.H.Sc. (Hons), Reg. CASLPO , Director of Audiology, Hearing Solutions

Andreas Seelisch is the Director of Audiology at Hearing Solutions, the largest independently owned and operated hearing aid retailer in Ontario.  He graduated from Western University with a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2008 and completed his thesis work at the National Centre for Audiology on the sound quality impact of frequency compression technology. His current research focus is on clinically applicable topics such as clinical practice guidelines and exploring barriers to hearing aid uptake.


Archived Webinar: Audibility-based hearing-aid candidacy for children with Ryan McCreery – Aired: December 1, 2020

DATE: Tuesday, December 1st -1 PM ET

SPEAKER: Ryan McCreery, Ph.D. Director of Research, Director of the Audibility, Perception, and Cognition Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital


Audiologists often rely on the dB HL audiogram to make decisions about hearing-aid candidacy for children. However, this approach leads to inconsistencies in when hearing aids are recommended, particularly for children with mild or minimal hearing losses.  The goal of this presentation is to discuss the rationale and supporting data for a hearing-aid candidacy based on the child’s unaided speech audibility.  The presentation will include a review of the variability in outcomes for children with mild bilateral hearing loss in previous research and a clinical protocol for supporting hearing-aid candidacy decisions for children with estimates of unaided audibility.

Learning Points:

1. Discuss the limitations of the dB HL audiogram as it relates to estimating speech audibility for children.
2. Implement an audibility-based approach to hearing-aid candidacy for children.
3. Describe the caveats to using an audibility-based hearing-aid candidacy criterion


SPEAKER BIO: Ryan McCreery, Ph.D. Director of Research, Director of the Audibility, Perception, and Cognition Laboratory,
Boys Town National Research Hospital

Ryan McCreery is the Director of Research and Director of the Audibility, Perception, and Cognition Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, NE. Ryan provides strategic leadership to the 6 centers and 26 laboratories that comprise the BTNRH research program. His NIH-funded research examines the effects of hearing loss and cognitive development on speech perception in children with typical hearing and children with hearing loss.

Archived Webinar: Psychological Factors Associated with Hearing Aid Adoption With Gurjit Singh – Aired: November 24, 2020

DATE: Tuesday, November 24th – 1 PM ET

SPEAKER: Gurjit Singh, PhD, reg. CASLPO Senior Research Audiologist, Phonak Canada, Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto; Ryerson University


Hearing loss is a highly prevalent and significantly disabling health condition, and the most common treatment is the provision of hearing instruments. Despite the availability of evidence supporting positive health outcomes associated with hearing instrument use, hearing aid adoption rates remain low. Why is this the case? Research investigating factors that contribute to hearing aid adoption focuses mostly on the role of personal factors (i.e., degree of audiometric hearing loss, personality, attitude, etc.) and demographic factors (i.e., age, gender, etc.), and only focuses somewhat on the role of external factors (i.e., cost, counselling, etc.). Critically, there has been an under-emphasis on understanding how interpersonal and contextual factors contribute to hearing aid adoption. This is somewhat surprising given decades of research on decision-making processes from other fields such as social and cognitive psychology. This presentation will consist of a brief theoretical review of frameworks relevant to better understand decision-making processes, a review of how modern data acquisition techniques can inform hearing rehabilitation research, a review of several large-scale studies investigating hearing aid adoption and associated hearing rehabilitation outcomes, and several concrete ‘takeaways’ designed to inform clinical practice.

Learning Points:

  1. Attendees will be exposed to information about models of behaviour change.
  2. Attendees will be exposed to examples of family-centred care practices.
  3. Attendees will be exposed to research on the role of emotion in hearing rehabilitation

 SPEAKER BIO: Gurjit Singh, PhD, reg. CASLPO Senior Research Audiologist, Phonak Canada, Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto; Ryerson University 

Dr. Gurjit Singh works as a researcher in the long-term research division of Sonova AG. In addition to being a clinical audiologist, he completed degrees in social psychology focused on decision-making and a PhD in cognitive psychology. His research interests focus on factors that lead to success with hearing rehabilitation.

Archived Webinar: Measuring and Understanding Tinnitus – including patients views on the ‘Meaning of Life’ With Richard S. Tyler – Aired: November 19, 2020

DATE: Thursday, November 19 -7 PM ET

SPEAKER: Richard S. Tyler, Professor, Tinnitus Clinic Director, Department of Otolaryngology, The University of Iowa


It is important to distinguish the tinnitus from the reactions to the tinnitus. We have referred to this as our “Psychological Model”. The reactions are also influenced by our individual live experiences and our psychological make-up. The tinnitus can be measured with loudness ratings and the minimum masking level. The reactions can be measured with the Tinnitus Primary Functions Questionnaire. Everyone is different, but the common reactions are 1) thoughts and emotions, 2) hearing, 3) sleep and 4) concentration. Tinnitus Activities Treatment addresses these individual differences. We have compared the Meaning of Life in tinnitus and cochlear implant patients.

Learning Points:

1.  Understand the challenges faced by tinnitus patients
2. Learn strategies to show them you care and want to be helpful
3. Appreciate the significance of hearing difficulties and hearing a sound you have no control over


SPEAKER BIO: Richard S. Tyler, Professor, Tinnitus Clinic Director, Department of Otolaryngology, The University of Iowa

Richard received a B.Sc. (Communication Disorders) and a M.Sc. (Audiology), at the University of Western Ontario. He then received a Ph.D. in Psychoacoustics from the University of Iowa. He is currently a Professor in Otolaryngology and in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa. Richard has been a visiting scholar in China, South Africa, Australia, Sweden, Poland, Germany and France. He was made an Honorary Professor in The Society of Medicine and Natural Science, at the University of Parma, Italy, (2016) for my contributions to the Cochlear Implant field. His main areas of interest include tinnitus, hyperacusis and cochlear implants. He edited, Cochlear Implants: Audiological Foundations, the Tinnitus Handbook, Tinnitus Treatments, and A Consumer Handbook of Tinnitus. Richard has served on several grant review committees for NIH, VA, DOD and others. He has served on committees for the National Science Foundation, the World Health Organization, the Department of Defence, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the Veterans Administration. He sees tinnitus patients weekly, and hosts an annual Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Treatment Workshop every June.   

Archived Webinar: Therapeutic Techniques for Counseling Complex Patients with Hearing Challenges and Their Families With Michael Hoffman – November 12, 2020

DATE: Thursday, November 12th – 7 PM ET

SPEAKER: Michael Hoffman, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children


This presentation will review counselling techniques that can be used during interactions with complex patients and their families. This includes specific techniques taught to psychologists that can increase patients/family engagement, elicit additional information, and facilitate problem-solving for common difficulties, including limited hearing aid usage, adjustment to a new diagnosis of hearing loss, and family disagreement with medical recommendations. Time will also be spent reviewing the role of diversity, multicultural identity, and cultural humility during patient interactions. Finally, strategies such as motivational interviewing will be modeled during case examples to highlight the counselling techniques. Overall, this seminar will provide attendees with clear, specific ways to navigate complex patient interactions and potentially facilitate better outcomes.

Learning Points:

1. Review specific techniques that can be used to increase patient satisfaction and engagement during appointments
2. Present a model for considering the role of multicultural identity and its impact on patient interactions
3. Highlight therapeutic techniques using case examples

SPEAKER BIO: Michael Hoffman, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children

Dr. Michael Hoffman is a Pediatric Psychologist at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children who specializes in working with children with chronic medical conditions. Dr. Hoffman’s clinical work centers on children with hearing differences, related hearing disorders, and cleft palate/craniofacial differences. This includes meeting with families who receive a new diagnosis of hearing loss, those going through the cochlear implant evaluation process, managing challenges related to anxiety, depression, and deaf identity, and reducing barriers to limited device usage. Dr. Hoffman’s research focuses on integrating psychological services into Audiology/ENT clinics and improving quality of life in children and adolescents with hearing differences. Dr. Hoffman is also a deaf individual, utilizing one cochlear implant and one hearing aid.


Archived Webinar: Hearing and Balance: Impact and Outcomes of Dual Sensory Impairments in the Pediatric Population With Sharon Cushing – October 20th, 2020

DATE: Tuesday October 20 -7 PM ET

SPEAKER: Sharon L. Cushing MD MSc, FRCSC, Otolaryngologist, Hospital for Sick Children


Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) in children occurs in 1-3% of live births and acquired hearing loss can additionally occur. This sensory deficit has far-reaching consequences that have been shown to extend beyond speech and language development. Thankfully there are many therapeutic options that exist for these children with the aim of decreasing the morbidity of their hearing impairment. Of late, focus has shifted beyond speech and language outcomes to the overall performance of children with SNHL in real world environments. To account for their residual deficits in such environments, clinicians must understand the extent of their sensory impairments.

Increasingly, SNHL is considered to commonly co-exist with other sensory deficits such as vestibular loss. It is known that vestibular impairment is exceedingly common in children with SNHL with nearly half of children exhibiting vestibular end-organ dysfunction. These deficits naturally lead to impairments in balance and delay in motor milestones. However, this additional sensory deficit likely leads to further impairment in the performance of these children. Attendees of this webinar will come away with a better understanding of the sensory contributions that impact outcomes in the children we care for with hearing loss.

Learning Points:

  1. Defining the co-existence of vestibular impairment in children with SNHL and cochlear implants (CI)
  2. Describing screening methods aimed at identifying vestibular dysfunction in children with SNHL
  3. Understanding the functional implications of this dual sensory impairment
  4. Exploring possible rehabilitative strategies to minimize the impact of vestibular impairment in children with SNHL

SPEAKER BIO:  Sharon L. Cushing MD MSc, FRCSC, Otolaryngologist, Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Sharon Cushing is a full time paediatric otolaryngologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, and an Associate Professor and Clinician Investigator in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto. She is the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Cushing has a clinical and surgical interest in disorders of the external, middle and inner ear, including hearing loss and vestibular dysfunction. Her research interest include vestibular and balance function and dysfunction in children, and its association with hearing loss and cochlear implantation.

Dr. Cushing completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, followed by Medical School and Residency training in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto. In addition, Dr. Cushing completed a Master’s in Science degree examining vestibular function and balance in children with hearing loss through the Surgeon Scientist Program at the University of Toronto. She completed her fellowship training in Paediatric Otolaryngology at Seattle Children’s Hospital prior to returning to Sick Kids in Toronto.

Archived Webinar: Personal Protection Equipment and Individuals with Hearing Loss: The Impact on Communication – June 23rd, 2020

Aired: Tuesday, June 23

Speaker: Dr. Dave Gordey, Past President of CAA, Oticon

Abstract: COVID-19 has prompted the use of face masks and shields in community spaces. For individuals with hearing loss, the impact of face masks on communication can be very challenging. When combined with imperfect listening environments, the use of face masks and shields may further degrade the speech signal and restrict access to visual cues. Research has shown face masks/shields can impact audibility for those who wear hearing technology, behaving like a filter for high frequencies (Goldman, Weinstein & Shiman, 2020). For children with hearing loss returning to school, it is likely they may encounter teachers and other school-based professionals who will be using personal protective equipment (PPE). The aim of this project was to evaluate the effect of different PPE on audibility for students with hearing loss.

Speaker Bio: Dave Gordey, Ph.D., Past President of CAA, Director, Oticon A/S

Dave Gordey has been a pediatric audiologist for twenty-seven years. Dave previously worked in a pediatric clinic and hospital in Victoria and North Vancouver. Dave is the director of pediatric audiology and research for Oticon A/S in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is the past president of the Canadian Academy of Audiology. Dave has taught at York University and at the University of British Columbia. Dave’s current research projects include pediatric hearing aids, bone conduction devices and children, unilateral hearing loss, the social and emotional development of children with hearing loss, and knowledge translation and implementation science in pediatric audiology.

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Employment Law Considerations for Employers Re-opening their Audiology Business Post COVID-19 with Anthony Panacci – June 4th, 2020

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Aired: Thursday June 4th at 12 pm ET

Speaker: Anthony Panacci, Lawyer, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP, presents Employment Law Considerations for Employers Re-opening their Audiology Business Post COVID-19 Webinar.

ABSTRACT: While provinces continue to operate under a state of emergency, audiology businesses are proactively planning for the resumption of business operations and the return of workers to the physical workplace. Businesses need to plan for the “new normal” in a post-pandemic era. We invite you to join us for a webinar that will help employers identify, and effectively manage, issues related to the reopening of the economy amidst the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

The webinar will address:

  • Ongoing health and safety obligations related to COVID-19
  • Recalling employees to work, in both unionized and non-unionized workplaces
  • Managing employees who will not or cannot return to work when scheduled

Speaker: Anthony Panacci, Lawyer

Anthony Panacci is a lawyer with Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP, is one of Canada’s leading management-side labour and employment law firms. Anthony provides advice to both unionized and non-unionized organizations on all aspects of the employment relationship. This includes helping employers with the hiring process, terminations, health and safety matters, and employment policies. He regularly advises employers and defends employers in legal proceedings.

Host: Salima Jiwani

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: eAudiology Webinar – Privacy and Practicality with Bill Campbell and Erica Zaia- April 30th

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Aired: Thursday, April 30th at 1 pm ET
Speakers: Bill Campbell, Audiologist and Erica Zaia, Audiologist

eAudiology as a tool to reach patients who may find it challenging to access an audiology clinic in person has gained notoriety recently, due in part to the coronavirus crisis. Clinicians who wish to implement eAudiology components in their practice are challenged by the confusing tangle of layered privacy legislation. Gaining a complete understanding of relevant privacy legislation and how it applies to eAudiology is a challenge even for those who have access to legal advice and other resources. The legislation as it exists today is said to be outdated, layered, and often contradictory. The degree of responsibility and liability for the clinician is dependent on outside factors.

Additionally, there are a myriad of possible solutions for eAudiology service delivery. There are videoconference and data-sharing platforms designed for eHealth, for business, and for social communication. Some are available at no cost, while some have significant fees for use. As well, some platforms are easily accessed and understood by patients, where some may be cumbersome to use. Platforms that are based in other countries may or may not be compliant with applicable Canadian privacy legislation.

This webinar is intended to assist hearing health care clinicians in navigating the privacy ‘fog’ and to make informed decisions to ensure patient confidentiality. As well, real world practical experience and solutions will be discussed. Attendees will learn:

  1. A completely new and different way to view your roles and responsibilities as a clinician.
  2. Practical suggestions for video conference and data-sharing solutions.
  3. Real world experience in delivering rehabilitation counseling remotely.

Speakers:  William (Bill) Campbell, MCISc, eEHDI Advocate & Activist, Audiologist, a Past President of CAA and Erica Zaia, MSc, Audiologist, CAA Board Member

Host: Dr. Salima Jiwani, a Past President of CAA

All CEU webinars are valid for one CEU.

A.T. Still University’- 20% discount

A.T. Still University’s Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology is reminding our professional organization partners that qualifying members may receive a 20% discount in tuition for non-degree seeking courses.

Upcoming courses:

Courses offered May 25, 2020-June 21, 2020:

AUDP 8410 Advanced Acoustic Immittance

AUDP 8420 Otoacoustic Emissions: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Applications

AUDP 8430 Tinnitus and Hyperacusis: Theories, Evaluation and Treatment

AUDP 8440 Occupational and Environmental Hearing Conservation


Courses offered July 13, 2020-September 13, 2020:

AUDP 7200 Pathologies of the Auditory and Vestibular System

AUDP 7300 Pharmacology & Ototoxicity

AUDP 7500 Genetics and Hearing Loss

AUDP 8200 Amplification: Assessment, Fitting, and Verification

AUDP 8210 Implantable Devices

AUDP 8220 Counseling, Aural Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices

AUDP 8600 Assessment and Management of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders

AUDP 8700 Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging

For course descriptions, tuition, and online application, please visit our Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Program Non-Degree Seeking website at https://www.atsu.edu/post-professional-doctor-of-audiology-non-degree#requirements


ARCHIVED WEBINAR: eAUDIOLOGY: For right now and for the future webinar with Bill Campbell – April 2, 2020

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Aired: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 – 2 pm – 3 pm ET

Speaker: William (Bill) Campbell, MCISc, eEHDI Advocate & Activist, Audiologist, a Past President of CAA

During the COVID-19 pandemic, hearing health care clinics are either closed or providing significantly reduced services. Clinics are struggling with financial viability and will be facing appointment backlogs once normal services resume. Many audiologists are wondering if eAudiology strategies can enable them to assist patients during this difficult time. eAudiology solutions facilitate patient service with no physical contact, allowing clinicians to interact with patients to address immediate/urgent concerns, to continue patient services and to reduce future of services.

eAudiology solutions vary widely depending on clinic, patient needs and resources. Not every solution will work in a given clinic situation. It is important for audiologists to be familiar with the options available and limitations of current circumstances to choose appropriate solutions and strategies that will work for their clinic and their patients. eAudiology practices must be compliant with patient confidentiality, data security, privacy laws and infection control needs related to the pandemic.

The presentation provides a broad overview of eAudiology strategies and offers practical solutions to specific needs. Attendees will learn:

  1. Privacy, security, and patient confidentiality concerns and solutions.
  2. Three groups of eAudiology solutions and the viability of each solution in a given situation.
  3. Strategies for evaluating eAudiology solutions and continued use once normal clinic operations resume.

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Date: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 – 2 pm – 3 pm ET

Speaker: William (Bill) Campbell, MCISc, eEHDI Advocate & Activist, Audiologist, Past President of CAA

Bio: Voted “Most Likely to Invent Something” by his graduating audiology class at Western University in 2000, Bill Campbell has been involved in eAudiology since 2008. A regional program coordinator and audiologist for the Ontario Infant Hearing Program in Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada since 2001, Bill has worked to solve access to services barriers in remote northern Canadian communities. He has collaborated with the National Centre for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) in developing a resource guide supporting teleaudiology. Bill has also collaborated with the University of South Dakota in developing their infant teleaudiology and related training program. Although recently retired from a successful private practice in Thunder Bay, Bill continues to consult with the Ontario Infant Hearing Program on protocol development and their remote infant ABR assessment program. He is also an active member of Phonak’s “expert circle”, presently focusing on eAudiology awareness.

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Understanding Cases of Tinnitus with a Normal Audiogram: Is Hearing Loss Undetected with Brandon Paul – June 9th, 2020

Aired: Tuesday, June 9th at 12 pm ET

Speaker: Brandon Paul, PhD., Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

ABSTRACT: The majority of individuals with subjective chronic tinnitus exhibit shifts in the clinical audiogram that signal a degree of hearing loss. These observations support the idea that damage to structures in the ear precipitate a cascade of neuroplastic changes in the brain that give rise to the sensation of phantom sounds. However, 10–15% of individuals with tinnitus have normal hearing thresholds in both ears up to 8 kHz.

This presentation will consider potential reasons that some individuals with tinnitus have hearing thresholds within normal limits. For instance, audiometric shifts may be present but are missed by conventional testing, or damage may have occurred to sensory cells in a manner that does not affect thresholds. An emphasis will be placed on the topic of cochlear synaptopathy, a form of “hidden hearing loss” describing damage to synaptic connections between inner hair cells in the cochlea and auditory nerve fibers. The webinar concludes by describing physiological measures that may reveal synaptopathy, as well as the hurdles that remain before these tests can be used in clinical practice.

Learning points

  1. Standard audiometry may miss threshold shifts that are present in tinnitus sufferers, namely at frequencies above 8 kHz, or at several interoctave frequencies.
  2. Cochlear synaptopathy, or “hidden hearing loss,” may be present in individuals who have normal audiograms (even to 16 kHz) but chronic tinnitus.
  3. Detecting cochlear synaptopathy has proven difficult in humans, and thus the relationship between tinnitus and synaptopathy is unresolved.

Speaker: Brandon Paul is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Sunnybrook Research Institute and the Department of Otolaryngology within Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. His research interests concern tinnitus, cochlear implant outcomes, cognitive consequences of hearing loss, and neuroimaging using electroencephalography (EEG). His research has been funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) of Canada, and the American Tinnitus Association.

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Applying Person-Centered Care (PCC) in the Appointment with Cherilee Rutherford – May 27, 2020

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This webinar will translate person-centered care from theory into practice. The Calgary-Cambridge Guides and the Four Habits provide the framework of the session. The webinar will focus on the importance of applying person-centered care throughout the appointment and the research that demonstrates the reality of what happens when it comes to “walking the talk” of PCC.

Key learning points

  • Review the concept of person-centered care and define the key components of person-centered communication in hearing care and rehabilitation.
  • Revisit the Calgary-Cambridge Guides and introduce The Four Habits to facilitate a person-centered interaction.
  • Review key communication skills that are fundamental in any hearing care or rehabilitation scenario.

Speaker: Cherilee Rutherford, Ida Institute

Cherilee is the senior audiologist at the Ida Institute. Her professional qualifications include a Bachelors degree in Speech-Language Therapy and Audiology (University of Stellenbosch), a Masters of Health Science and a Professional Doctorate in Audiology (Nova Southeastern University (Florida) as well as Postgraduate Certificates in Teaching and Learning for Higher Education (UCL, London) and Online Facilitation (University of Cape Town). Before joining Ida, Cherilee was the course director for the MSc in Advanced Audiology programme at University College London and lectured at the University of Cape Town in amplification technology and aural rehabilitation.

The Ida Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by a grant from the William Demant Foundation.

Our mission is to build a community that embraces person-centered care and empowers people to get the hearing care they need. We work with clinicians, academics, and people with hearing loss to create resources that help people develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to better manage hearing loss.

The Ida Institute is based in Denmark and has a community of +16,000 hearing health care professionals worldwide. Read more at idainstitute.com.

Date: Tues, Feb 25, at 12 pm ET

Speaker: Jamie M. Bogle, AuD, PhD, Division Chair of Audiology, Assistant Professor of Audiology, Mayo Clinic Arizona

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ABSTRACT: Sport-related concussion is a significant public health concern that requires a multidisciplinary team to appropriately manage.  Athletes often report dizziness and imbalance following concussion.  Vestibular diagnostics can provide significant information for providing appropriate management to these patients.  Identifying underlying deficits related to oculomotor function, gaze stability, and balance help to appropriately refer athletes to appropriate rehabilitation services and education accommodations, but also serve as biomarkers for recovery and when it is safe for the athlete to return to play.  The purpose of this presentation is to provide background on the current understanding of concussion on the peripheral and central vestibular system and to describe an abbreviated protocol useful in identification of acute injury and for monitoring recovery.

Learning Points

  • To describe the importance of understanding concussion symptoms and clinical presentation
  • To analyze current understanding of concussion presentation in the vestibular clinic
  • To evaluate current diagnostic capabilities in evaluating concussion and concussion recovery in the vestibular clinic

Speaker: Jamie M. Bogle, AuD, PhD

Division Chair of Audiology, Assistant Professor of Audiology, Mayo Clinic Arizona

Jamie M. Bogle, AuD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Audiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and the division chair of Audiology at Mayo Clinic Arizona.  Clinically, Dr. Bogle evaluates children and adults with dizziness and imbalance due to peripheral and central conditions.  She is interested in improving the diagnostic tools available for evaluating patients across the lifespan to better understand inner ear function in both typical and disordered patients.  Her research interests include the integration of visual and vestibular information in individuals with neurological impairments, including concussion, and the improved understanding of the importance of vestibular gravito-inertial information into overall body function.  She earned her Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) and PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was awarded the James and Martha Crawford Endowed Clinical Research Fellowship in Otolaryngology at Mayo Clinic Florida.  She was awarded the Outstanding Early-Career Audiologist Award in 2018 and was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Audiology.

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Archived Webinar: Hearing Healthcare for Infants and Children in Canada: Status of EHDI Programs with Marlene Bagatto, Sheila Moodie (April 10, 2019)

Speakers: Marlene Bagatto, AuD, PhD, Aud(C) & Sheila Moodie, PhD

Presented: Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

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Early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs are available worldwide to proactively address hearing health in infants and children. A report card issued in 2014 from the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force indicated that comprehensive EHDI programs were not available across Canada.

In this presentation, we will describe a status update of EHDI programs in Canada based on information gathered through a 24-item, country-wide survey. Results from this work revealed that, as a whole, Canada remains insufficient in offering comprehensive, accessible and sustainable EHDI programs. Continued action from Canada’s governments, in addition to federal policy leadership, is needed to achieve sufficient and sustainable EHDI programs.

Learning Objectives: Participants of this presentation will be able to:

  • Describe the components of a comprehensive EHDI program.
  • Explain the status of EHDI programs across Canada.

Level: Intermediate

This webinar is eligible for a CAA CEU. This webinar is for CAA and SAC members only.

Speakers: Marlene Bagatto, AuD, PhD, Aud(C) & Sheila Moodie, PhD

Marlene Bagatto, AuD, PhD, Aud(C)
Marlene Bagatto is a professor at Western University in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the National Centre for Audiology. She is the chair of the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force and was the president of the Canadian Academy of Audiology.



Sheila Moodie, PhD
Sheila Moodie is an associate professor at Western University in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a member of the National Centre for Audiology and the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force and is the director of the Family-Centred Early Intervention Lab at Western University.

Archived Webinar: What the Auditory Cortex Does Before and After Hearing Loss with Stephen G. Lomber (May 29th, 2019)

Date: Wednesday, May 29th at 1 pm ET

Speaker: Stephen G. Lomber Ph.D., Professor of Physiology and Psychology, University of Western Ontario   

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ABSTRACT: Cortical plasticity is the neural mechanism by which the cerebrum adapts itself to its environment, while at the same time making it vulnerable to impoverished sensory or developmental experiences. Like the visual system, auditory development passes through a series of sensitive periods in which circuits and connections are established and then refined by experience. During these periods, the functional maturation of auditory processing and perception is critically dependent on adequate auditory experience. Unfortunately, in cases of sensory deprivation, such as congenital deafness, this process is arrested. Fortunately, it appears that this situation can be reversed in individuals that receive cochlear prosthetics.

Current research is expanding our understanding of cerebral processing and organization in the deaf. In the congenitally deaf, higher-order areas of “deaf” auditory cortex demonstrate significant crossmodal plasticity with neurons responding to visual and somatosensory stimuli. This crucial cerebral function results in adaptive, compensatory plasticity. Not only can the remaining inputs reorganize to substitute for those lost, but this additional circuitry also confers enhanced abilities to the remaining systems. In this presentation, we will review our present understanding of the structure and function of “deaf” auditory cortex using psychophysical, electrophysiological, and connectional anatomy approaches and consider how this knowledge informs our expectations of the capabilities of cochlear implants in the developing brain.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn how anatomical, electrophysiological, and psychophysical techniques can be used to examine the functional organization of the auditory cortex in hearing and deaf subjects.
  • To learn how the absence of auditory input during brain development alters the developmental trajectory of auditory cortex and how even short periods of acoustic experience during development can have a major influence on cerebral organization.
  • To appreciate how cochlear implants can re-establish an auditory cortical organization similar to that of a hearing individuals.

Speaker Bio: Stephen G. Lomber Ph.D 

Stephen G. Lomber, Ph.D. is a Professor of Physiology and Psychology at the University of Western Ontario where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Brain Plasticity and Development. Steve directs the Cerebral Systems Laboratory (www.cerebralsystems.ca) and is a Principal Investigator in the National Centre for Audiology and the Brain and Mind Institute. Dr. Lomber’s lab uses an integrated approach of psychophysics, electrophysiological recording, neuroanatomical techniques, and functional imaging to examine processing in auditory cortex. Work in the lab examines cortical plasticity in the presence and absence of acoustic input, and following the initiation of auditory processing through the means of cochlear prosthetics. He is the Associate Editor of Hearing Research, and a past chair of the Gordon Research Conference on the Auditory System and the International Conference on Auditory Cortex.

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Archived Webinar: New Advances in Tinnitus Assessment webinar with Philippe Fournier (November 20th, 2018)

New Advances in Tinnitus Assessment webinar with Philippe Fournier, Ph.D – November 20th, 2018 at 1 pm ET.

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While masking and residual inhibition (RI) may provide diagnostic and prognostic valuable information, these measures are rarely performed in clinics, as they are not adapted to clinical constraints. This webinar will present a new method for measuring tinnitus masking and residual inhibition by using an acoustic sequence made of pulsed acoustic stimulation of fixed duration and inter-stimulus intervals that may be more suited to clinical constraints. The difference between this new technique and the ‘’classic’’ method will be provided. The results obtained with this new technique from a tinnitus cohort of 64 tinnitus patients will be presented. From the study, it was concluded that, with the new technique, the measurements of tinnitus masking and residual inhibition can be easily, quickly and reliably obtained from a wide variety of patients displaying different hearing loss configurations such as presbyacusis, flat hearing loss and even normal hearing. More so, this approach allows the categorization of tinnitus patients into different sub-groups. The potential of these measures as a prognostic indicator of sound therapy success will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the concept of tinnitus masking and residual inhibition
  2. Differentiate the new technique using pulse noise from the classic method to measure tinnitus masking and residual inhibition
  3. Integrate the new minimum masking level and minimum residual inhibition level technique using pulse-noise in their clinical practice
  4. Integrate those new results with those of other test in their overall interpretation of the tinnitus condition of a patient

The Speaker: Philippe Fournier, Ph.D., Postdoctoral fellow researcher, M.Sc.S., Audiologist, FAAA

Philippe Fournier is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Université d’Aix-Marseille, France. He is also the founder, and past CEO and president of the Quebec Association of Speech-language Pathologists and Audiologists (QASLPA) from 2011-2014. Philippe research has been dedicated to improve diagnostic measures and therapy options for tinnitus and hyperacusis. Philippe also has previous experience as a clinician in a private practice setting in Montreal and as audiology clinical instructor for the audiology clinic of the Université de Montréal.

Archived Webinar: Motivation, Cognition and Listening Effort with Mary Rudner (June 28, 2018)

Motivation, Cognition and Listening Effort

Speaker:  Professor Mary Rudner

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Hard of hearing people often find that listening is effortful. This makes listening effort an important phenomenon to study. However, there has been a lack of consensus among the research community concerning both the definition of listening effort and how to measure it. The Framework for Understanding Effortful Listening (FUEL, Pichora Fuller et al., 2016) brings together tools and concepts to form a basis for future work on understanding listening effort. It also provides a scientific definition of listening effort: the deliberate allocation of mental resources to overcome obstacles in goal pursuit when carrying out a listening task. Fundamental to the FUEL is Kahneman’s (1973) model of attention and effort, which describes how available cognitive resources are allocated to on-going tasks. This allocation process can also be understood in terms of working memory. The decision to allocate cognitive resources to a listening task often depends on motivation and the pleasure of hearing significant sounds.

In this CAA webinar, I will describe the FUEL and how it can be used as a tool for understanding effortful listening. I will also provide examples of the way in which the FUEL is driving current research.

Learning points:
1. The role of cognition in listening
2. Understanding the Framework for Understanding Effortful Listening (FUEL)
3. Methods of measuring listening effort

Speaker: Mary Rudner, Professor in Disability Research, Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Sweden.

Mary Rudner is Professor of Disability Research specializing in Cognitive Hearing Science at Linköping University, Sweden and guest professor at Lund University, Sweden. At Linköping University, she is Deputy Research Manager at the Linnaeus Centre HEAD, for research on HEaring And Deafness, and Director of Studies of the HEAD Graduate School. Her research interest is in the role of cognition in language and memory. Her work is funded by Swedish Research Council, Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, Swedish Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare and she has received career awards from Linköping University. She collaborates nationally and internationally. Recent work has focused on cognitive representation and cross-modal plasticity associated with deafness.

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  • Kahneman, D. (1973). Attention and Effort. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
  • Pichora-Fuller, M.K., Kramer, S.E., Eckert, M.A., Edwards, B.B., Hornsby, B.W.Y., Humes, L.E., Lemke, U., Lunner, T., Matthen, M., Mackersie, C.L., Naylor, G., Phillips, N.,  Richter, M., Rudner, M., Sommers, M.S., Tremblay, K.L. & Wingfield A. (2016). Hearing Impairment and Cognitive Energy: The Framework for Understanding Effortful Listening (FUEL). Ear and Hearing, 37, 5S-27
Archived Webinar – An Overview of the Development of the Document, “Vestibular Assessment & Management for Canadian Audiologists: A Scoping Review”

An Overview of the Development of the Document, “Vestibular Assessment & Management for Canadian Audiologists: A Scoping Review”

Presented: Tuesday, May 30 at 12 pm EDT to 1:30 pm EDT

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Archived webinar: Connected Technologies for Improved Access in Global Hearing Care with De Wet Swanepoel (May 22, 2018)

Connected Technologies for Improved Access in Global Hearing Care 

Speaker: De Wet Swanepoel, Ph.D., University of Pretoria

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Webinar Abstract

Hearing loss is a pervasive chronic disability that affects more than a billion people annually. Unsurprisingly, it is a leading contributor to the global burden of disease. Early access to hearing care is critical for optimal outcomes, but for most of those affected it remains out of reach. Novel solutions, capitalizing on advances in technology and connectivity, demonstrate promise for increasing access and quality of care whilst reducing costs. The penetration and ubiquity of mobile phones, even in developing countries, make connected technologies a powerful potential tool for widespread impact.

This presentation will consider two broad approaches to connected solutions for hearing loss including an end-user consumer model and a point-of-care diagnostic device operated by minimally trained facilitators. The hearZA App – South Africa’s National Hearing Test – was launched on World Hearing Day 3 March 2016 (www.hearZA.co.za). The digits-in-noise test, which is self-administered, is quick and provides a valuable indication of real-life hearing ability – understanding speech-in-noise. The impact of this public hearing health tool will be reviewed along with further developments in accuracy and platform possibilities such as customisable web-apps and freestanding kiosks in community centres.

Targeted community-based hearing tests in contexts such as home visits, schools and primary health care clinics can be facilitated by minimally trained persons using low-cost connected technologies. Our research on Android-based software applications has demonstrated that accurate calibration and real-time noise monitoring is possible on supported devices, which allow for clinically valid pure tone audiometric testing when linked with a calibrated headphone. Connected solutions like these allow new models of service-delivery where minimally trained persons, with support from a cloud-based data management services, can ensure greater penetration, reach and even uptake of hearing health care.

Learning points

  1. Participants will be able to describe burden of hearing loss globally
  2. Participants will be gain an understanding on how mHealth solutions can impact hearing care
  3. Participants will be able to describe new community-based service-delivery models enabled by connected hearing care

Speaker: Prof. De Wet Swanepoel, is professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria with adjunct positions at the University of Western Australia, and is a senior research fellow at the Ear Science Institute Australia. Prof Swanepoel’s research capitalises on the growth in information and communication technologies to explore, develop and evaluate innovative service delivery models and applied solutions to improve access to early development and health services, particularly in ear and hearing care. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters and has received numerous national and international awards in recognition of his work. Prof Swanepoel serves as president of the International Society of Audiology and as deputy editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Audiology.

De Wet Swanepoel, Ph.D.

  • Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Ear Sciences Centre, School of Surgery, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Australia
  • Ear Science Institute Australia, Subiaco, Australia
Archived Webinar: Speech Understanding in Complex Environments by Children Who Are Hard of Hearing – Sept 25, 2019

DATE: September 25th, 2019 – 1pm ET

SPEAKER: Dawna Lewis, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Boys Town National Research Hospital

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ABSTRACT: There is a substantial body of research demonstrating that speech perception by children who are hard of hearing is negatively impacted by poor acoustics. Much of the previous research in this area has been conducted via laboratory studies using speech-recognition tasks with a single talker and presentation via earphones and/or from a loudspeaker located directly in front of the listener. Real-world speech understanding, however, is affected by interdependent factors including characteristics of the listener, the target speech and background sounds, the acoustic environment, and the message/task. This presentation will address timely issues relative to speech understanding in complex environments, focusing on children who are hard of hearing. We will review relevant research and discuss results in terms of implications for real-world listening and understanding. This discussion will be of interest to clinicians who work with children who are hard of hearing and their families and will provide information that can enhance service provision.

Key Learning Points:

  • Have knowledge of the effects of room acoustics on speech understanding.
  • Have knowledge of auditory and visual factors that impact speech understanding.
  • Have knowledge of the effects of task complexity on speech understanding.

SPEAKER: Dawna Lewis, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Boys Town National Research Hospital

Dawna Lewis, PhD, is a Sr. Research Associate at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. She has presented and published on topics involving pediatric audiology/amplification and hearing assistance technologies. Dr. Lewis is involved in research addressing issues related to amplification and speech perception in children. Recent work has examined the impact of mild bilateral and unilateral hearing loss on children’s speech understanding in complex environments by manipulating acoustic and visual characteristics of the environments and tasks.