Access a number of recorded educational lectures from a range of live events available for you at any time for your continued professional development and to accrue CPD points. Watch the recordings in your own time and gain CPD points on successful completion of the reflection and quiz.

The events are continually updated so please check back regularly. To register please click on the individual registration link under each webcast.

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AudA Members $35
Non Members $70

 

Dr. Gurgit Singh
More than a Feeling: Consequences of Hearing Loss when Listening to Vocal Emotion

CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70

Human beings are profoundly social animals and social behavior unique to humans typically pivots on the ability to use language to communicate. One important type of information carried in a speech signal is the talker’s emotional state. To date, little is known of how hearing loss and use of hearing instruments influences behaviour in environments that contain vocal emotion. This presentation will share research from our group that investigates the perceptual (e.g., word-recognition and emotion-identification performance), physiological, and socioemotional consequences of listening to speech that contains vocal emotion for individuals with hearing loss in aided and unaided listening situations.

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Dr. Kerryn Saunders
Development through a lifetime- The School Years

CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70

This session will take delegates on an interactive tour through transitions and milestones in childhood today focussing on school age children.

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Dr David Szmulewicz
Introduction to Vestibular Disorders

CPD Points: 1.5 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70 

This session will cover the presentation and diagnosis of common vestibular disorders.

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Dr David Szmulewicz Arimbi Winoto and Dr. Jessica Vitkovic
Taking a vestibular history

CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70

This session will provide a framework for vestibular history taking, demonstrate it in action with a vestibular migraineur and conclude with a panel discussion on distinguishing complex histories

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Jenny Smith 
Clinical Application of Widex Zen Therapy

CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70

Widex Zen Therapy (WZT) is a comprehensive therapy program developed by Widex for the treatment of tinnitus. It offers a prescriptive approach designed to provide a model of best practice for clinicians who are new to working with tinnitus clients. The overall objective is to ensure that the tinnitus does not negatively impact on the client’s quality of life. This presentation will detail the recommended assessment and evaluation protocols for a WZT program. It will explore the four WZT cornerstones, which are counselling, amplification, sound stimulation and relaxation, and detail their application in a clinical setting.

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Dr Brent McMonagle,
Cochlear™ Implants: What You and Your Patients Need to Know

CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70 

Cochlear™ implants help people of all ages to live full and active lives by reconnecting them with family, friends and the community. Patients who find their hearing aids are no longer sufficient or are experiencing single-sided deafness may benefit from implantable hearing technology. As the implant technology and candidacy has significantly changed in the last few years, Dr Brent McMonagle is going to address how Cochlear implants work and who they can help. He will also provide an update on latest candidacy guidelines for implantable hearing solutions, cover the treatment pathway and offer an overview of the surgery, including medical considerations, how long the procedure takes and what patients can expect during recovery

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Alison King
Considerations in prescribing amplification and fitting hearing aids for school aged children

CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70

This presentation will discuss the range of factors that impact upon selection, fitting and evaluation of hearing aids for children in primary school.

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Geraldine Todd
School Aged Children - Assistive Listening Devices in the Classroom

CPD Points: 0.75 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70

Hearing well at school for learning and social interaction is important to all children. Distance, background noise and reverberation are especially challenging for students with a hearing loss. A modern classroom is made up of many elements which create a dynamic learning environment. Remote microphone technologies have shown to improve the signal-to-noise (SNR) for children with hearing loss. The Phonak Roger for Education portfolio has changed the remote wireless microphone space and brought many advantages for paediatric users; giving kids the full opportunity to not only learn but also to engage! This presentation will introduce participants to these products and will provide a discussion on how this portfolio of microphones have been designed with today’s modern classrooms in mind.

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Dr Jessica Vitkovic
A review of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system 

CPD Points: 1.5 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70

What’s a VOR? Is it right beating or left beating or other? Bring your iPads and iPhones and download the free aVOR App https://itunes.apple.com/

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Dr Andrew Chang
Current Management of conductive hearing loss

CPD Points: 0.75 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70

This session will provide an overview on the management of conductive hearing loss with focus on surgical intervention and the role of hearing implants

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Lia Traves
Audiological Assessment of children who are difficult to test or who have complex needs 

CPD Points: 0.75 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70

This session will explore the factors that might make a child difficult to assess and strategies that can help maximise the chance of obtaining positive audiological outcomes.

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Dr Jessica Vitkovic 
Vestibular migraine

CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70

This session will explore Vestibular migraines; What do we know about it? What is the lived experience of vestibular migraineurs? What are the typical audiovestibular results? Do patients respond to vestibular rehabilitation?

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Dr Christopher Lind
Rehabilitation for adults who have mild to moderate hearing impairments

CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70

A recent review of assessment and intervention for adults with mild hearing loss by Timmer et al (2015) indicates that pure tone audiometry remains a poor measure of everyday hearing needs for this group. Further, the little research evidence researching the provision of rehabilitation services to adults who have mild hearing loss is inconsistent in its conclusions. However, reports by Lawrance et al (2016) and Okell et al (2014) have identified patterns of conversational behaviour in interactions between adults, some with mild to moderate hearing loss, and their familiar conversation partners that provide some insight into functional therapy goals. This presentation will use these and other reports as a basis for a model of family-centred / communication-focused audiological rehabilitation for adults with this degree of loss.

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Dr Jafri Kuthubutheen
Paediatric hearing loss - from screening to implantation 

CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $70 

Hearing loss in children continues to be a significant health issue in Australia. Since the implementation of universal newborn hearing screening, the diagnosis of congenital hearing loss has been made earlier than ever before. With the increasing evidence for early intervention (including cochlear implantation as early as 6 months of age), the management of these patients presents a unique set of challenges for the treating professional. Patients with progressive or delayed onset sensorineural hearing loss, single sided deafness and complex conductive hearing losses also come with their own unique set of challenges. At Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), the Children’s Hearing Implant Program (CHIP) is faced with a unique challenge of having to manage a wide variety of patients in conjunction with a multitude of subspecialties. This has led to a focus on ways to improve the diagnostic and treatment pathway. This has also led to research into a number of areas such as early diagnostic MRI scanning without the need for a general anaesthetic, cytomegalovirus neonatal screening, congenital single sided deafness, and early bone conduction hearing implantation. This presentation will provide an overview of the activities of CHIP, as well as some insights into how paediatric hearing loss management is evolving in Western Australia.

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Prof Peter Thorne
Cognitive decline and sensory loss

CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
NonMembers: $70 

A number of studies have demonstrated that cognitive decline, with an increased risk of dementia, is independently associated with hearing loss. This has led to further studies to understand the nature of the relationship and clinical trials to determine whether treating hearing loss may assist in slowing the rate of cognitive decline and development of dementia. Cognitive changes and increased risk of dementia are also associated with other forms of sensory deficits (vision, olfactory and vestibular) as well as motor problems. This presentation will briefly review the current understanding of the relationship between cognitive decline and sensory loss, particularly hearing loss and consider some of the work being undertaken within Brain Research New Zealand, a national centre of research excellence focused on the ageing brain. It will consider the potential for auditory and multisensory interventions.

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Aleisha Davies and Yetta Abraham
What Audiologists need to know about Listening and Spoken Language

CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
NonMembers: $70 

This webinar will review the basics of children's listening and language development and provide a holistic overview for audiologists working with children and some of the considerations that exist above and beyond the audiogram.

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Colleen Psarros & Cecile Gray, facilitated by: Sarah Love
Embracing Telepractice for Holistic Support of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults

CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
NonMembers: $70 

Telepractice can play an important role in enabling function of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) adults. Diagnosis, assessment, device fitting, device monitoring, rehabilitation and counselling can be delivered using a range of telepractice methods. Use of telepractice has been demonstrated to empower the participants in managing their services. This session will highlight use of telepractice with DHH adults in a transdisciplinary team.

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Samantha Harkus and Kristen Tregenza
Switching the Light on Hearing Health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Communities


CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
NonMembers: $70 

Ear disease and hearing loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can be hard to detect and difficult to treat, leaving many children with persistent or unidentified hearing problems. Coexisting risk factors, such as those associated with low socioeconomic status and beliefs about parental role in speech language development, combine with relatively 'mild' hearing loss to cause significant long term consequences.  

Health and education staff can arrive in Aboriginal communities with little training and orientation to teaching or treating children with chronic ear and hearing problems. Because the long term consequences are not easy to intuit, audiologists often have to find a way to first 'switch on the lightbulb' to have the best chance at influencing change in practice. Kris and Sam will talk about grappling with this challenge.

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Dani Tomlin and Kelley Graydon
Long-term hearing deficits after childhood middle ear disease 

CPD Points: 1 POINT (CATEGORY 1)

AudA Members: $35
NonMembers: $70 

Children prone to middle ear effusion and an associated conductive hearing loss in early childhood may have significant periods where they receive a compromised auditory signal. A history of otitis media and associated conductive hearing loss has been shown to affect binaural processing, in particular spatial processing ability even years after hearing has returned to normal. This presentation will briefly review how spatial processing is assessed and then present findings from two recent studies that investigated the effects of early conductive hearing loss on spatial listening. 
 
By the end of the session, participants will understand how spatial processing is assessed clinically, gain an insight in to the effects that early conductive hearing loss has on long-term spatial processing ability, and consider how recent research findings may influence management decisions for children presenting in the clinic with early otitis media and conductive hearing loss. 

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Dr Piers Dawes
Libby Harricks Memorial Oration - Hearing Loss and Dementia

CPD Points: 1.5 Points (Category 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $50

Interest is growing in the association between hearing impairment and dementia. Earlier this year, the Lancet released a report saying that hearing loss was one of nine factors that could be changed in midlife to reduce the incidence of dementia.This year, in the 19th annual Libby Harricks Memorial Oration, Dr Piers Dawes will discuss possible links between hearing loss and cognitive health. He will ask whether effective prevention, identification and management of hearing problems represent an opportunity to optimise well-being and quality of life in older age. 

The 19th annual Libby Harricks Memorial Oration is part of the 17th Alzheimer’s Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference. The oration honours the memory of the first President of Deafness Forum of Australia. For her work on behalf of hearing-impaired people, Libby Harricks was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1990. 

Audiology Australia is proudly supporting this years Oration and we are webcasting this session live from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Barbara Weinstein
What behaviours should we target with our hearing health care interventions

CPD Points: 0.75 Points (Category 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $50

Under treated and under appreciated chronic condition, age related hearing loss is associated with diminished quality of life and it is the threats to quality of life which lead to help seeking behaviors. In fact, the research now suggests that the affective or emotional responses to listening difficulty in noise (e.g. frustration, feeling left out) along with the absolute difficulty in social situations should be the focus of our intervention efforts. Recent evidence on the correlates of the emotional response to listening difficulty will be discussed (e.g. fatigue, depression, listening effort, social/emotional loneliness) along with the efficacy of our interventions vis-à-vis the psychosocial correlates. The import of communicating the psychosocial health outcomes of our interventions to stakeholders, namely patients and physicians will be discussed and a HEaring Loss Prescription (HELP) to address age related hearing loss will be proposed.

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Caitlin O'Sullivan
Benefits of bimodal hearing and wireless audio-streaming technology

CPD Points: 0.75 Points (Category 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $50

In the history of cochlear implant candidacy, bimodal fittings have not always been as common as they are these days. With the first cochlear implantation in 1985, and the first reported bimodal fitting in the early 90’s, the combination of electrical and acoustic hearing for those patients with sufficient residual hearing in the non-implanted ear has come a very long way, resulting in an increased utilization of bimodal stimulation. 

‘Benefits of bimodal hearing and wireless audio-streaming technology’, a presentation by GN ReSound, provides a summary of recent research studies highlighting the benefits of binaural and bimodal hearing, and subsequent review of the benefits of bimodal streaming using 2.4 GHz technology. The presentation outlines the evolution of Assistive Listening techniques, focusing on the first truly wireless streaming solution for bimodal users, developed by the Smart Hearing Alliance.

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Dr Caitlin Barr
Means, Motive and Opportunity: What is stopping audiologists engaging in psychosocial communication with their clients?

CPD Points: 0.75 Points (Category 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $50

Recent research revealed that there are opportunities for audiologists to more effectively address the psychosocial consequences of hearing loss to provide person-centred care. This study aimed to explore the barriers and facilitators to audiologists engaging in effective psychosocial communication with adult patients and their significant others. Fourteen audiologists from across Australia were interviewed, and interviews were analysed using the COM-B model, a technique specifically used for developing tools to facilitate behaviour change. Findings of this qualitative study suggest that barriers are complex and span three major areas: means (skills and knowledge), motive (personal, professional and organisational beliefs) and opportunity (professional and organisational). These findings offer strategies for clinician and organisational change to pave the way for optimising the provision of person-centred hearing care.

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Bec Bennett
Hearing Aid Handling & Management: Are you getting the full story

CPD Points: 0.75 Points (Category 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $50

Hearing healthcare clinicians provide hearing aid related information, training and troubleshooting as part of the rehabilitation program. However, too often we assume that our patients have learned that which we have taught them. Emerging literature suggests that up to 90% of hearing aid owners do not how how to perform all of the tasks required for basic hearing aid management (such as proper insertion, cleaning and ongoing maintenance). It is thus not surprising that almost 30% of hearing aid owners do not use their hearing aids regularly due to ongoing issues, such as those relating to physical fit, handling (e.g. difficulty inserting batteries), performance issues (e.g. sound quality, inability to reduce background noise) and complaints regarding ongoing maintenance requirements (e.g. cleaning, basic repairs). Until now, no comprehensive tool was available for clinicians and hearing aid owners to identify hearing aid related problems that clients may be experiencing. 

This presentation draws on several studies to 1) outline the impact that hearing aid problems and poor hearing aid handling skills are having on hearing aid outcomes, 2) offer clinical tools to assist clinicians with the identification and management of hearing aid problems, and 3) demonstrate the positive impact that use of these tools can have on your clinical practice. 

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Victor Rodrigues
Is the Future of hearing connected? 

CPD Points: 0.75 Points (Category 1)

AudA Members: $35
Non Members: $50

We’ve all heard the future technology talk: big data, artificial intelligence, social media revolution, telemedicine, virtual reality, etc. But what does this all mean for the hearing industry? In his presentation, Victor Rodigues, Chief Software Architect at Cochlear, will explore this topic. Starting with a bit of history, he will then delve into the present and explore what Cochlear is doing in this space, finishing his talk with some insights on what the future potentially holds.

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