Academy Research Conference (ARC)
Amplification and Assistive Devices (AAD)
Instructional Level: Advanced
Chair: Todd Ricketts, PhD
Hearing aids are the cornerstone in the management of patients with hearing impairment across the lifespan. Properly fit hearing aids improve audibility and, in the context of a (re)habilitation, improve quality of life for individuals living with hearing loss. Extraordinary technical advances have been made in hearing aids over the past decade with many more on the near horizon. Additionally, recent legislative decisions regarding hearing aid distribution and regulatory procedures will impact the hearing health landscape in the coming years. This conference will focus on the latest advances in the selection and fitting of hearing aids as well as evidence-based research as it relates to best practices and improvement in quality of life for all individuals living with hearing loss.
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8:00 - 8:15 AM: Welcome
Lisa Christensen, AuD
Todd Ricketts, PhD
8:15 - 9:15 AM: Hearing Loss in the Third Era of Public Health – From Epidemiology to Public Policy
Frank Lin, MD, PhD
I will discuss research over the past several years that has demonstrated the broad implications of hearing loss for public health and the functioning of older adults, particularly with respect to cognitive functioning, brain aging, and dementia. I will then discuss how this epidemiologic research has directly led to current national initiatives in the U.S. focused on hearing loss and public health. These initiatives include the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE) randomized controlled trial and recent passage of the bipartisan Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act in 2017. This federal law overturns over 40 years of regulatory precedent around hearing aids in the U.S. in order to directly improve the accessibility and affordability of hearing care for older adults.
-Describe how hearing loss is relevant to public health
-Describe research investigating the impact of hearing loss on older adults
-Describe national initiatives focused on hearing loss and aging
9:30 - 10:30 AM: Real World Hearing Aid Benefits Are More Apparent in Real Time: Ecological Momentary Assessment
Yu-Hsiang Wu, PhD
Ecological momentary assessment (EMA), a methodology that repeatedly collects real-time data in natural environments, can provide rich information to describe the effect of hearing aid technologies in various listening situations with minimum recall bias. In this presentation, hearing aid outcome data collected using EMA and traditional retrospective self-reports will be compared to illustrate that hearing aid benefits experienced by listeners in real time are often more apparent than what is conveyed in retrospective self-reports.
-Explain what Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) is.
-List the key differences between EMA and traditional outcome measures.
-Describe the advantages of measuring hearing aid outcomes using EMA.
10:30 - 11:30 AM: The Prospects of OTC, Hearables, Wearables and Potentially Disruptive Technologies in the Future of Hearing Health Care
Brent Edwards, PhD
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Sponsored Lunch by Phonak
1:00 - 2:00 PM: Can Hearing Aids Change the Way Adults Respond Emotionally to Sounds?
Erin Picou, AuD, PhD
Adults with hearing loss demonstrate a reduced range of emotional responses to sounds (e.g., laughter, crying, music). Increasing the overall level and reducing the high-frequency emphasis also reduces the range of emotion for most listeners. The focus of this presentation will be on hearing aid interventions, including non-linear frequency compression and self-adjusted fittings, which have the potential to restore emotional responses for listeners with hearing loss.
-Describe the effects of hearing loss on emotional responses to non-speech sounds.
-Summarize the potential effects of hearing aids on emotional responses to sound.
-Identify hearing aid technologies with the potential to improve emotional responses for adults with hearing loss.
The pace of innovation in hearing healthcare is faster than it has ever been, with changes to technology, services and delivery channels that will forever impact people with hearing loss and the professionals who provide hearing healthcare. These advances span the hearing landscape from the medical domain across to the consumer domain, from implantable devices to OTC to self-diagnostic apps. This talk will provide the context for which telemedicine, machine learning, new delivery models and other advances will shape who will be the new consumers of hearing healthcare, how they will receive treatment, and what those treatments may look like.
-Contrast the differences between a hearing aid, a hearable, or an over-the-counter hearing device.
-Describe the benefits of and barriers to teleaudiology.
-Evaluate how emerging technologies can affect their practice of hearing healthcare.
2:00 - 3:00 PM: A Novel Treatments for Hyperacusis: Overcoming the Limits of Traditional Hearing Aids
David Eddins, PhD
Successful treatment of hyperacusis is one of the most formidable challenges for audiologists, as patients most often focus on sound avoidance rather than healthy sound exposure. We will describe a novel treatment device and an adaptive treatment protocol that overcomes many of the barriers to successful treatment of hyperacusis and the limitations of traditional hearing aids when treating hyperacusis.
-Describe the primary components of hyperacusis.
-Understand the bases of treatment of hyperacusis.
-Evaluate the novel treatment protocol under development.
3:15 - 4:15 PM: Nothing Stays Still: Physical and Attentional Movement as Essential Components of Listening and of Future Hearing Aids
Graham Naylor, PhD
For decades, research into listening and development of hearing devices has been almost exclusively based on static situations. In the real world, motion is more usual, and people’s attention is often in flux. Acknowledging this and understanding the essential role of movement, we can open up huge opportunities for advancing hearing device performance by exploiting natural behavior.
-Describe recent research into dynamic aspects of listening behavior.
-Interpret experimental data on movement in communication situations.
-Discuss opportunities for improved future hearing devices based on knowledge of attentional dynamics.
4:15 - 4:45 PM: Panel Discussion/Questions