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Engaging, Connecting, and Guiding Your Patients to Hearing Health
Presented by Andrea Hannan Dawkes, AuD
Presenting at 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

The ability to help patients with hearing loss is largely dependent on your ability to evaluate their needs and communicate effective solutions. This session will discuss three primary components of effective hearing aid counseling within the framework of patient-driven care:  discovery, making a strong recommendation and overcoming objections to amplification. Impactful counseling and engagement are essential for empowering patients to address their communication challenges and live life more fully.  

Andrea Hannan Dawkes, AuD​ Biography

Andrea Hannan Dawkes, AuD, joined Starkey in 2010 as a member of the Education and Training team. In her current role as a senior member of the group, she assists in the development of educational materials, leads training classes, and serves as the liaison for Starkey’s university and student initiatives. Prior to joining Starkey, Dr. Hannan Dawkes worked as a clinical audiologist in a variety of prominent medical centers, served as an audiology clinical supervisor and adjunct faculty member at Hofstra University, and contributed to research efforts involving signal detection, hearing aid performance, and signal processing. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Audiology from the University of Maryland at College Park and her Doctor of Audiology degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.  

Implantable Hearing: Modern Candidacy and Care
Presented by Chelsea Conrad, AuD
Presenting at 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

This session will focus on clinical aspects of implantable hearing technology related to candidacy and post-operative care. Current generation technology candidacy, function, and evidenced-based considerations for care will be discussed with an emphasis on case studies.

Chelsea Conrad, AuD Biography

Chelsea Conrad, AuD, specializes in cochlear implants, infant and pediatric hearing care, and general diagnostic services. She spent several years working at one of the largest cochlear implant programs in the country before returning to Henry Ford to direct the implantable hearing technology program. She is passionate about restoring hearing for patients unable to benefit from hearing aids to allow them to reconnect with their loved ones and life. Dr. Conrad is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and Membership Committee Member, a State Champion for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, and is a past President of the Michigan Audiology Coalition. Her research interests center on ways to meaningfully improve patient outcomes with their hearing technology

Pediatric Vestibular Testing
Presented by Melissa Caine, AuD, and Violette Lavender, AuD
Presenting at 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Pediatric vestibular testing continues to be an emerging area across audiology, otolaryngology, and physical therapy. While the prevalence of pediatric balance disorders varies widely across research, there is known to be a much higher prevalence in children with permanent hearing loss.

Audiologists need to be prepared to identify and refer pediatric patients who present with signs/symptoms of a vestibular disorder. Graduate coursework and clinical placements for pediatric vestibular patients can be variable by program and region of the country. This workshop will use patient case studies to review common diagnoses and populations associated with pediatric vestibular disorders and the audiologist’s role in a comprehensive approach to pediatric assessment.

Melissa L. Caine, AuD Biography

Melissa L. Caine, AuD, is a clinical specialist and audiologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She received her bachelor of arts in communication disorders and English literature from Loyola College in Maryland in 2004 and her AuD from Salus University in 2008. Dr. Caine currently provides diagnostic and rehabilitative services at CHOP. In addition to her clinical position, she is the department’s lead audiologist for the Balance and Vestibular Program, coordinator of professional development/continuing education, and an adjunct instructor at Salus University—George S. Osborne College of Audiology. Her areas of clinical interest include electrophysiologic assessment in the neonatal intensive care unit population, pediatric vestibular assessment, and adolescent-focused rehabilitation. 

Violette Lavender, AuD Biography

Violette Lavender, AuD, has been a pediatric audiologist with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for over 15 years. She attended Purdue University where she earned both her bachelor of communication disorders and master of audiology, and she graduated from the University of Florida with her AuD. She specializes in both hearing and balance disorders. Dr. Lavender has previously published and presented in pediatric balance assessment. She is interested in translational research and strives to make the vestibular test battery accessible for young children.

To the Brainstem and Beyond: An Introduction to Auditory Brainstem Implants 
Presented by Diane Martinez, AuD
Presenting at 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Because of a growing need to provide Neurofibromatosis 2 patients with better hearing options, the University of Miami developed a comprehensive auditory brainstem implant (ABI) program in 2019. In this presentation, we describe our institution’s multidisciplinary team, ABI process, and a case study. 

Diane Martinez, AuD Biography

Diane Martinez, AuD, assistant professor, is a clinical audiologist at the University of Miami. She has provided clinical education to audiology interns, externs, as well as domestic and international visiting professionals. Specialized training and education include cochlear implant programming with the use of objective measurements, cochlear implant evaluations and how to treat the adult Spanish-speaking cochlear implant candidate/recipient.

Lurie Children’s Inpatient Audiology: Inside the Dream Team
Presented by Nicole Pain, AuD; Kristen Cortese, AuD; and Rita Garrido, AuD
Presenting at 1:00 PM -1:45 PM

This presentation will describe the inpatient audiology, critical care unit, and neonatal intensive care unit multidisciplinary teams at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Through explanation of our protocols and case studies, this presentation will demonstrate that while specific challenges to inpatient audiologic testing exist, the support of an interdisciplinary team approach helps us to achieve the best outcomes within these situations for our patients and their families.

Nicole Pain, AuD Biography

Nicole Pain, AuD, joined the Department of Audiology at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in 2016. She also completed her externship within the Department from 2015-2016. Dr. Pain received her doctorate of audiology from Northwestern University in 2016 and her bachelor of arts degree from Saint Louis University in 2013. Her professional interests include pediatric diagnostic testing, amplification, and electrophysiology; inpatient work; leadership; and clinical research.

Kristen Cortese, AuD Biography

Kristen Cortese, AuD, has been a pediatric audiologist on the diagnostic team at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago since 2014 after completing her externship with the department from 2013-2014. She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois in 2010 and her doctorate of audiology from Rush University in 2014. Her professional interests include pediatric diagnostic testing, amplification, electrophysiology; inpatient management; congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV); and clinical research.  

Rita M. Garrido, AuD Biography

Rita M. Garrido, AuD, has been a pediatric audiologist at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago since 2015. She previously practiced both adult and pediatric audiology in Boston, MA and in Baltimore, MD before moving to Chicago. Dr. Garrido received her doctorate of audiology from Northeastern University in 2009 and her bachelor of science in speech from Emerson College in 1999. Her areas of specialization include newborn hearing screening, follow-up in the neonatal intensive care unit, electrophysiological testing, and family-centered audiological treatment for medically complex infants.

Pills, Drills, & Toxic Spills: Ototoxicity and its Management
Presented by Riley DeBacker, AuD
Presenting at 1:45 PM -2:30 PM

This talk will briefly review the common causes of ototoxicity, factors that can modulate ototoxic risk, and highlight the audiologist’s important role in monitoring and advocacy for these patients.

Riley DeBacker, PhD Biography

Riley DeBacker is a PhD Candidate and Lecturer at the Ohio State University currently completing his dissertation on antiretroviral ototoxicity. He is the immediate Past-President of the Student Academy of Audiology and serves as a part of the International Ototoxicity Monitoring Guidelines Working Group.

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