NCAA Inaugural Conference: Day 1

Wow! What an incredible start to our 2018 conference. The energy and excitement could be felt by all. It was a historic day full of compelling information and a lot of fun!

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Dr. Ian Windmill, AuD kicked off the day with an excellent reflection on the history of Audiology and the challenges and opportunities facing us in the future. His insights on OTC hearing devices and the ways hearing care delivery is changing were truly invaluable. I don’t think anyone left his presentation without renewed hope and strategies for improving our clinical practice.

After a delicious lunch (seriously, I can’t remember conference food tasting so good), Dr. Nancy McKenna, AuD/PhD and Dr. Arti Pandya, M.D. provided key updates in genetics and hearing loss. We are so grateful for their wealth of knowledge and insight. Precision medicine, with targeted gene therapy is the future!

Our presentations for the day was capped off by a comprehensive and community approach to cochlear implantation by Dr. Howard Francis, M.D. His research regarding outcomes for adults with higher pre-operative speech discrimination abilities was incredibly eye-opening. Here’s hoping Medicare reimbursement starts paying attention!

The evening was full of fun events including: the student poster presentation, the trivia bowl and beer and pizza at Crank Arm Brewery. While top-notch continuing education is a key factor for a successful conference, I think we can all agree that opportunities to catch up with old friends and network with new colleagues is an anticipated benefit of any good state conference.

Trivia Bowl Winners: "The Professors"

Thank you to all our organizers, volunteers and of course, our wonderful attendees for making the first day a wild success! Here’s to day 2!

-Patricia Johnson, AuD

Conference Updates: Parking and Student Network Bingo!

CONFERENCE UPDATES

We're going to have an outstanding conference! We have so many registrants that we had to bump up our food orders...and also have a lot of student attendees and participation this year. We're delighted that NC audiologists have shown up for what should be a special event. If you haven't registered yet, please do so now!

NCAA Pizza Social at Crank Arm

We're having an audiology social at Crank Arm Brewery a few blocks walking distance from the Convention Center. NCAA is providing pizza for the event! We'll start to head over to Crank Arm after the Trivia Bowl. There are lots of places to explore near Crank Arm including a gourmet chocolate house, craft beer shop, arcade, bar and billiards and the Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum.

Parking for the Conference

Follow the link below for parking information. There is a dedicated parking deck right across the street from the convention center that charges only $7 per day. Parking and Location Info

Student Networking Bingo

Don't be surprised if students approach you to introduce yourself and ask you to answer questions about your experience as an audiologist...they are playing a 2 day game of networking bingo! They have to seek out audiologists from different practice settings and ask them stimulating and enlightening questions!

Don't Forget to VOTE!

A link was sent to all NCAA members, whether they attend the conference or not, to vote for the next group of leaders. Check your email and even the spam folders (just in case) for the link for voting. Also, read the statements from the nominees attached as a word doc, to help you choose your representatives.

NCAA Annual Conference - Featured Session - Genetics and Hearing Loss

Thursday October 4th 1:30 pm
Speakers: Nancy McKenna, AuD and Arti Pandya, MD
Title: Genetics and Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is the most common neurosensory deficit that affects 1 in 500 children, with profound loss identified in 1 in 1000 newborns. The past few decades have witnessed remarkable progress in early detection of hearing loss through audiologic newborn screening and in identifying a genetic cause for a large proportion of profound loss. The completion of the Human Genome Project and other advances in developing mouse models for hearing loss have enabled identifying more than 250 genes that are important in both non- syndromic and syndromic forms of hearing loss. With the availability of technology to interrogate the genome and the recent initiative for Precision Medicine there are definite opportunities to tailor the care and management of children and adults with hearing loss. In the presentation, I propose to use case-based approach to highlight the advantages and limitations for such an approach.

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Your Vote Counts!

Dear NCAA Members,

It's time for elections! Please check your emails for a link. Please take the time to vote for your new leadership! NCAA has many decisions to make about how we spend out time, our money, and our efforts. We want your input. Also, consider the fact that you yourself could hold a position with NCAA and influence how we navigate through these difficult times ahead. With OTC hearing aids, dwindling reimbursement, encroachment on scope of practice by several groups, and other pressing issues...there are many things that will need our attention and leadership in the very near future.

For Member at Large, there will be three members elected, so you will be prompted to make 3 separate choices for those seats.

Please vote before conference, we will close voting during the business meeting and plan to announce our new leaders at the end of the business meeting!

NCAA Conference - Featured Session - Meg Dillon, AuD

NCAA Annual Conference: Friday October 5th.
Featured Session, Meg Dillon, AuD
Title: Expanded Indications for Cochlear Implantation: Contribution of Acoustic Hearing, Programming, and Outcomes

Dr. Dillon is an associate professor and the Director of Cochlear Implant Clinical Research at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to:
1. Identify patients who are CI candidates based on expanded indications
2. Discuss the aspects of acoustic hearings that will contribute to patient’s functional outcomes
3. Determine programming parameters required for effective outcomes

NCAA Annual Conference - Speaker Dawn Hulthen Koncsol, AuD

Dawn Hulthen Koncsol, AuD, will be presenting on Friday October 5th in Track 1, The ABC’s of KPIs: Calculate, Meet and Exceed Your Break-Even.

Dr. Hulthen Koncsol is the Director of ENT Ancillary Services at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates.

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Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to:
1. Define key performance indicators
2. Understand the formula to calculate your break even point
3. Determine what data is meaningful in their clinic to trend and report

Register for the conference today!

Let's Get Ready to Round Table!

We are proud to announce a Round Table Discussion: “PSAPs and OTCs—Friend or Foe?” 
Friday, October 5, at 11:30 am.

This event will be moderated by Gordon Fletcher, AuD, with an esteemed assortment of featured speakers and members as participants. Participants present five to ten slides to explain and defend their personal or assigned points of view. Interaction and questions from the audience will complete the event. The purpose of this exercise is to update attendees on status of these products and the regulatory issues involved. 

Current participants include:
Gordon Fletcher, AuD, Moderator 
Deb Culbertson, PhD
Dave Fabry, PhD
Chris Hamilton, AuD
Nancy McKenna, AuD 
Ian Windmill, PhD


We are asking for help from you all, our members, to select a final member of the Round Table Discussion. Please send an email to us at ncaudiologyassociation@gmail.com to volunteer or nominate a candidate. We will consider an audiologist, audiology student or extern. Please include the name, contact information and a brief description of why we would include you or your nominee.

If any of you have had the pleasure of attending any of the “GREAT DEBATE” presentations at AAA, you will recognize the premise of this session. The session is always lively, thought-provoking and generally a wonderful time! It will be an Event to Remember!
See you there! (CEU there)

Don’t forget to register for the conference today! 

Hurricane Florence Assistance for NC Audiologists - By NC Audiologists

Dear fellow NC Audiologists,

We hope this message finds you well and safe following the hurricane. During this difficult time of rebuilding it is important we come together as a community to help each other out.

Leading up to and at the NCAA conference on October 4th-5th, we will be collecting items to help rebuild and restore the clinics that have been affected by the storm. Any contribution made will be greatly appreciated! If you’re unable to attend the conference but would like to donate please contact us and we will coordinate pick up.

To those who were affected by the storm, we’d like to know what you need to replace items in your clinic that may have been lost/damaged by the storm. Please send any requests to
ncaudiologyassociation@gmail.com or comment below. We want to know how best to help you so please do not hesitate to send along your list!

In addition to collecting donations, if your patients require assistance during this time we’d like to coordinate patient care as best we can. Please reach out so we can put your patients in contact with clinics willing to donate their time and expertise.

The North Carolina Audiology community is grateful that we have each other to lean on when times are tough. Please consider helping in any way you can!
Sincerely,
North Carolina Audiology Association

Educational Audiology Feature from Tracy Swanson, AuD, 2018 Conference Committee Chair Speaker: Cheryl DeConde Johnson, Ed.D.

A special request from our early members was to include topics of interest to the North Carolina educational audiology community. One of the primary missions of the North Carolina Audiology Association is to serve members from all aspects of audiology in North Carolina.

We are so pleased that Cheryl DeConde Johnson, Ed.D., has agreed to join us and present on “Hot Topics in Educational Audiology.” Dr. DeConde Johnson is with Audiology - Deaf Education Vantage Consulting and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Arizona.

Dr. DeConde Johnson will start off the pediatric track of our conference on Friday, October 5th, at 8:00 A.M. Her abstract considers a variety of topics that impact current practices for the delivery of audiology services in the schools. She will be using an interactive, discussion-based format. Topic areas will include minimal, mild, and unilateral hearing losses and single-sided deafness, CAPD, self-determination and self-advocacy, classroom acoustics, hearing assistive technology challenges, educational team roles and responsibilities, and serving students on 504 plans. Current legislative agendas, guidance documents and resources will also be presented. Participants can expect to leave with an increased understanding of these topics as well as strategies shared by colleagues to put into practice.

How’s that for perfect?

See you there! (CEU there)

- Tracy Swanson, 2018 Conference Committee Chair

Conference Updates from Tracy Swanson, AuD, 2018 Conference Committee Chair Speaker: David Fabry, PhD

One of our conference speakers is David Fabry, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer for Starkey Hearing Technologies.

Dr. Fabry is a Past President of AAA, and also was formerly Chief of Audiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Auditory Society, and also is the Editor-in-Chief of Audiology Today.

Occasionally when I am scrolling through the eAudiology learning sessions, I run into a real attention grabber. That is just what I felt before I signed up for Dr. Fabry’s presentation on “Disrupt Audiology.” The session was as interesting and thought-provoking as I had hoped.

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I’m delighted he was able to join us for our inaugural session. His updated presentation, scheduled for Friday, October 5, 2018, at 8:00 A.M., is titled: Disrupt Audiology: Threats (and Opportunities) provided by the inevitable impact of technology on our future. Disruptive innovation is a term that was first coined by Clayton Christiansen some twenty years ago when he wrote his classic book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma.” This session will begin by providing definitions and examples of disruptive technology, and then focus on how Audiology might be impacted. Specifically, we will discuss the “perfect storm” of technology, changing patient demographics, and changing distribution models on audiological practice. PSAPs, legislative issues, patient engagement, support personnel, and other topics will be included – audience participation is encouraged!

This topic could not be more timely and appropriate for these changing times in Audiology.

See you there! (CEU there)

- Tracy Swanson, 2018 Conference Committee Chair

Conference Updates from Tracy Swanson -Keynote Speaker: Ian Windmill, Ph.D.

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Our Keynote Speaker is Ian Windmill, Ph.D. He is the Director of Audiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Past- President, American Academy of Audiology.

I was drawn to include Dr. Windmill for a number of reasons. I had the pleasure of meeting him for the first time at a Clinical Education training conference at UPITT several years ago that I attended as part of my preparation when I redesigned our extern program. I so appreciated his particular view of life and audiology. His presentation was practical, cautionary, invigorating and challenging.
His areas of interest include diagnosis of hearing disorders, education of audiologists, and public policy as it relates to hearing care. I was delighted he was able to accept the invitation, not only to present the keynote address, but to participate in the Round Table discussion on PSAPs and OTCs.

His presentation, Thursday, October 4th at 8:15 am, is titled: A Look Back and a Look Forward: Opportunities and  Challenges for Audiology. We have all heard the quote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Audiology faces new challenges. This is not the first time, nor will it be the last time. Dr. Windmill’s range of interests, past publications and presentations as well as his recently completed year as president of AAA, will provide
our conference a perfect reference for our new organization as we welcome current, past and future audiologists to our new organization.

See you there! (CEU there)

-Tracy Swanson (Conference Committee Chair)

Plan Your Trip To Raleigh!

Looking to make the most out of your visit to Raleigh?  Raleigh has an abundance of free attractions that can round out your conference weekend.  Check out this list of 40 free attractions from the Raleigh Visitor Center.

Raleigh, along with its close neighbors, Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill all rank among the top 10 most educated places in the United States of America.  It’s only fitting to obtain a bunch of CEU’s in RTP! 

NCAA 2018 Conference: “PSAPs and OTCs—Friend or Foe?”

We are proud to announce a Round Table Discussion: “PSAPs and OTCs—Friend or Foe?” This event is scheduled for Friday, October 5, at 11:30 am.

This event will be moderated by Gordon Fletcher, AuD, with an esteemed assortment of featured speakers and members as participants. Participants present five to ten slides to explain and defend their personal or assigned points of view. Interaction and questions from the audience will complete the event. The purpose of this exercise is to update attendees on status of these products and the regulatory issues involved.

Current participants include:

  • Gordon Fletcher, AuD, Moderator
  • Deb Culbertson, PhD
  • Dave Fabry, PhD
  • Chris Hamilton, AuD
  • Nancy McKenna, AuD/PhD
  • Ian Windmill, PhD

We are asking for help from you all, our members, to select a final member of the Round Table Discussion. Please send an email to us at ncaudiologyassociation@gmail.com to volunteer or nominate a candidate. We will consider an audiologist, audiology student or extern. Please include the name, contact information and a brief description of why we would include you or your nominee. If any of you have had the pleasure of attending any of the “GREAT DEBATE” presentations at AAA, you will recognize the premise of this session. The session is always lively, thought-provoking and generally a wonderful time! It will be an Event to Remember!

See you there! (CEU there)

Two NCAA Members Selected as Finalists for National Award

The Oticon Focus on People Awards recognize outstanding people who are helping to show that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to make a positive difference in their families, communities or the world.

Two of our very own NCAA members Dr. Johnnie Sexton and Dr. Lena Kyman have been nominated and selected as finalists in the Hearing Care Practitioner category. 

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Voting is open through August 24th and we would love to see a North Carolina audiologist win!  Please follow this link to cast your vote.

A Note from the 2018 Conference Chair Tracy Swanson, Au.D.

I consider myself lucky to be a member of the strong audiology community that we have here in the state of NC. It is only respectful to this state to make sure this conference is worthy of the audiologists it strives to represent. The inclusive agenda will appeal to NC audiologists from every specialty and facility.

The agenda design includes:

  1. Current events vital to all of our NC Audiology Community
  2. Topics of interest to specialists: adults and pediatrics, private practice, medical, educational and academia
  3. National speakers
  4. Regional experts highlighting and showcasing the state-wide audiology community

Prime considerations for me were:

  1. If I could invite anyone, who would I include.
  2. If I’m spending my time and money,
    1. Let’s make sure I can get all my CEUs
    2.  Let’s make sure I am going to take something home that will impact my practice Monday morning

Make sure you check out more details regarding the conference here! I feel sure you will agree this is an outstanding line-up. Stay tuned for more information on conference details, events and opportunities.

See you there! (CEU there)

 

Official Schedule Now Available!

Check out our 2 track schedule for the second day of the conference!!!

Which track will you do?


Full 2 Day Conference

NCAA Member

Amazing speakers and a great meeting for all audiologists. Full conference means to get to learn it all, and see it all. Get ALL of your CEUs for the year in a one-stop shop!

 

$250

1 Day Pass

NCAA Member

Pick and choose what day you want to attend. Pick the day that best suits your needs and your interests. Peds or adults, or perhaps the main day. The choice is yours.

 

$150

2018 North Carolina Audiology Association Conference – Speaker Highlights on Educational Audiology

The 2018 Annual Conference on October 4th and 5th is now less than three months away, and we are so excited that the conference will be held this year in Raleigh at the beautiful Raleigh Convention Center! A full line-up of speakers has been confirmed for both days, including a second day with an option of two tracks for attendees to choose between.


As one of our featured speakers for the pediatric track on the second day, Dr. Cheryl DeConde Johnson will join us to speak on Hot Topics in Educational Audiology. Dr. Johnson has a background as an educational audiologist and program coordinator for a public school deaf and hard of hearing program and as a former consultant with the Colorado Department of Education. She is active as a consultant, program evaluator, writer, and adjunct faculty member or lecturer in several AuD or deaf education programs. She is a trainer for the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE). Dr. Johnson is also a co-founder and President of the Board of Directors for Hands & Voices, a non-profit, parent-driven organization supporting families of children with hearing loss. We are excited to have her highlight important current issues in educational audiology, and hope you will join us to hear her presentation!


Stay tuned for more updates on speakers for the North Carolina Audiology Association 2018 Conference in Raleigh, and check out the conference section on the website to register online!

Guest Post: by Kelleigh Bland, Parent Educator for BEGINNINGS

BEGINNINGS is a North Carolina non-profit organization for Parents of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc.

In the clinical setting, many parents do not hear anything after you say, "Your child has hearing loss." Parents often say that the audiologist continues to talk but they don’t understand and take in most of the information. They report feeling intimidated by the doctor, don't want to ask stupid questions, or don't even know what to ask in that moment. They are distracted by their restless child running around the exam room while they sit there trying to process the information. There are usually more toys in the waiting area, but less entertainment for them in the exam rooms.

     A BEGINNINGS Parent Educator (PE) typically visits families a few weeks after the initial diagnosis confirming the hearing loss. The PE is able to meet with the parents in their home, after they have had some time to take in the new diagnosis. The PE talks about how the ear works and how to read an audiogram using simple terminology. A picture of the ear is shown to talk about how sound gets to the brain and what is going on in their child's ear that is causing the problem. After they understand how it works, clinical terms can be introduced such as: conductive, sensorineural, bilateral and unilateral. The PE helps them see on the diagram what those words mean. 

  Next, the PE takes the "real audiogram" and a family-friendly audiogram. She explains that the numbers along the side show how sound is measured in decibels and gives examples (30 decibels is a whisper and 55 decibels is a conversation). Frequencies across the top are compared to the keys on a piano. Almost everyone understands a piano and how if one of the keys on a piano is not working then the song sounds wrong. The PE can then talk about when a child can't hear one of the frequencies, the words sound wrong. Parents seem to be able to understand that analogy. They are grasping at straws, trying to sift through all that they have heard and read on the internet. They have heard a song on a piano, and this a real example that they can digest.

     All of that teaching is done with a blank audiogram. Then, the PE draws a line at the top in blue and one in red to show them what a typical hearing person's audiogram might look like. Only after the parents understand how to read the audiogram is the child's audiogram shown for comparison. This explanation only takes five minutes, and gets a parent to really understand what the child can and cannot hear. They must understand what the child has access to and what is impossible for the child to get through audition to able to emphasize the importance of using hearing technology. If a parent chooses a spoken language approach, it is vital that they see what the child needs in order to gain access to sound. Parents who choose a visual language also need to understand how to read an audiogram so that they can understand what environmental sounds the child can access and areas where they may require technology such as doorbell lights and vibrating alarms.

     Another important analogy a PE can use with parents deals with word recognition scores. Parents struggle to understand the audiogram, so it's no surprise they don't understand word recognition scores. They may think a word recognition score of 80% is great because that is a B. The PE explains that 80% is not a B, because this score isn't about grades. The score is compared to a puzzle and how a toddler has 10-piece puzzle and is only getting eight pieces. Each piece is so big and it has lots of information on it that 80% seems adequate. However, when a child goes to first grade and has 100 piece puzzles, 80 pieces out of 100 missing means you can still see the picture, but it isn't complete. Sometimes a large section is missing and sometimes it is the smaller details that add the important stuff that is missing. Finally, in fourth grade, where the children have 1000 piece puzzles then the child is missing 200 pieces of new information. This example means they are missing critical information in classes like math and science, and in social settings where the details are much more fun to hear.

     Understanding what the child hears and how much of the information is really getting to the brain helps parents realize the importance of using hearing technology, or the importance of having an interpreter in the classroom. Explaining the audiogram in a way that a parent understands helps them focus and advocate in the schools for an Assistive Listening Device, preferential seating or any of the other accommodations that they may need. It helps them support their child's needs at the playground or even around the dinner table where every child should feel welcome. Parents cannot advocate without information, and it is our jobs to help them really understand their child’s hearing loss in a way they can help their child and be able to explain to others to meet the needs of their child.

 

Audiologists attended the legislative session for the NC House of Representatives at NDAYSCD!

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Once the session started, public recognitions were made from the floor of the assembly. Dr. Will Eblin was able to successfully request recognition from his representative, Dr. Greg Murphy. Because of this request, the North Carolina Audiology Association was officially recognized by the Speaker of the House, was asked to stand, and received a hearty round of applause from the legislators and all in attendance.

 Dr. Sheri Mello displays a handout created by Dr. Melissa Karp explaining the difference between Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers.

Dr. Sheri Mello displays a handout created by Dr. Melissa Karp explaining the difference between Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers.

In between meetings and sessions, audiologists gathered in the lobby to discuss legislative issues and strategy. Sheri Mello, Au.D., showed a handout created by Melissa Karp, Au.D., that demonstrated the difference between audiologists and hearing aid dispensers. The handout was given to Dr. Greg Murphy (representative from eastern North Carolina) who commented that it was well done and very educational.

If you want to have a strong voice advocating for you in the legislature, please considering joining us and donating your time or dollars to the effort. We need you!