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Daily Schedule

Friday 05/10

8:00 am - 9:15 am

How Can Audiology Remain Relevant for the Future of Hearing Health, Nationally and Globally?


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The impact of hearing loss in both adults and children often goes unrecognized by communities, policy makers, professionals and health care funders. However, hearing health is increasingly a topic of interest — particularly as the aging population grows. In 2017, the World Health Organisation launched global objectives of prevention, screening and identification and increased access to audiology services and current technology. Increasingly, hearing loss is being seen as a communication and public health issue, rather than a medical one, and one which is one of the biggest causes of disability in older age. 

Audiologists are key to moving services forward in challenging times as technology rapidly develops, as demand for patient-centered care increases and as financial challenges grow. This presentation will summarize the current initiatives in hearing care taking place globally, the evidence supporting them and it will suggest that audiology is highly relevant in influencing future policy and practice.


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Sue Archbold

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Day 1 Topics

  • Vestibular: Bedside Testing & Demonstrations.  
  • Audiologic Rehabilitation: Building Relationships between Audiologists and People with Hearing Problems
  • Over the Counter Hearing Aids & PSAPs - How Can Canadian Audiologists Prepare For the Future? 
  • Audiology & Advocacy: How to be a Change-Maker
  • New Evidence on Tinnitus
  • Hearing Accessibility: Recent Advances in Legislation and Policies
  • Marketing Audiology for Now & the Future
9:30 am - 12:15 pm

I Don’t Have a Vestibular Laboratory – What Can I Do to Evaluate a Patient With Dizziness and Imbalance?

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Dizziness is a common condition in the audiology clinic, but diagnostic testing is not always possible. Bedside evaluations can help detect vestibular deficits quickly and can be done without additional equipment or space. This course will provide participants with a set of quick questions to supplement your case history and a toolbox of bedside tests to improve your identification of vestibular disorders and aid in management of the dizzy patient.


Jamie M. Bogle

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplification Products: How Can Canadian Audiologists Prepare for the Future?

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Direct-to-consumer hearing devices have been on everyone’s lips recently. Are they a threat or an opportunity for audiologists and people with hearing loss? In this interview-style session, two experienced, successful and inspiring audiologists — Dr. Terence Miranda and Dr. Gyl Kasewurm — will share their valuable perspectives on the ever-changing landscape of audiology. They will open the debate on current and future forms of amplification and present their views on how to future-proof audiology for the benefit of people with hearing loss.

9:30 am - 12:15 pm

Topic: Audiologic Rehab

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10:30 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Advocacy & Audiology: How Can You Be a Change-Maker?

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Audiologists are in a strong position to advocate for their role on interprofessional teams and for the needs of their patients/clients, yet many audiologists don’t feel equipped to promote their scope of practice to decision-makers, other professionals or, most importantly, the general public.

This session will provide an overview of advocacy: what it is and strategies which will allow you to become a better advocate for your profession. Participants will have the opportunity to work through a case study in a hands-on exercise and prepare their own advocacy toolkits.


Emily Banzet

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

How Can You Apply the Latest Tinnitus Research and Best Practices to Support Your Patients?

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This session will focus on choosing, interpreting, and using tinnitus outcomes instruments in clinical and research settings. First, we will engage in a discussion about common tinnitus outcomes instruments and their relationship to common presenting goals for patients struggling with tinnitus. We will then review the current research evidence (with a special focus on the outcomes instruments used) for various techniques and devices used to improve quality of life with tinnitus. Finally, guidance on the clinical use and interpretation of tinnitus outcomes instruments will be provided. 

Following the presentation, we will engage in an interactive exploration of easy-to-use clinical tools to support patients struggling with tinnitus. This will include tools intended to: 

  • facilitate a fast, easy and practical assessment of the impact of tinnitus, 
  • provide accurate information about tinnitus, while simultaneously leaving patients with a sense of hope about life with tinnitus, and
  • set appropriate expectations regarding the use of sound to improve quality of life with tinnitus.


Dr. Tara Zaugg

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Accessible Participation: How Can Audiologists Expand Rehab into the Community?

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Social and technological developments are driving change in many areas of life and the profession of audiology is no exception. This session will provide a review from experts on three areas of related concern: an update on accessibility legislation from the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, workplace hearing accessibility issues from leading Canadian researchers and opportunities for making hearing-friendly communities for an aging population. Following these presentations, attendees will gather in small groups for structured brainstorming discussions. The goal will be to produce suggestions and commentary on how our profession might best respond to the role of an audiologist in a changing world.

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

How Can Marketing Tools Help Chart a Path Through The Ever-Changing Landscape of Audiology?

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Audiology practices are facing uncertainty in today’s environment — both in private practice and in publicly-funded clinics. How can you utilize marketing strategies to improve the visibility of your practice and emphasize the importance of audiology services in the health of our patients? Dr. Kasewurm will present a detailed marketing plan that is proven to work, including goal-setting and trailblazing new directions. She will also discuss how to use the patient experience to make your practice stand out from the crowd. Publicly-funded audiologists will also be able to implement the featured marketing principles to highlight the essential role of audiology within hospitals, school boards and government structures.


Gyl Kasewurm

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm