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Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants

September 11–23, 2019 | Online Conference

Conference Faculty

Caroline Arnedt, AuD, is a cochlear implant audiologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has worked with pediatric and adult cochlear implant patients for more than 14 years. She coordinates a multi-site, longitudinal clinical research study looking at factors affecting performance of pediatric cochlear implant patients. She has previously served as a research audiology consultant for Kresge Hearing Research Institute at the University of Michigan Medical School. She has presented nationally on various topics related to cochlear implants, pediatric audiology, and auditory neuropathy.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Clinical audiologist at the University of Michigan
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose 

Mary O’Leary Kane, MA, CCC-SLP, earned her bachelor's degree from Towson State University and her master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She has been a licensed and ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist since 1996. As a member of Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s Cochlear Implant Team, she provides aural rehabilitation therapy for children and adults to support listening development, demonstrate best use of CI technology, and track progress of oral communication skills. Kane has 20 years of specialized experience in a variety of settings, including hospital, private practice, and schools. She has contributed to many research articles and academic materials related to the field of hearing loss and rehabilitation. She brings with her an enthusiasm to help children and adults through the cochlear implant process, bringing sound to life in meaningful therapy sessions. Her goal is to educate patients and maximize their use of cochlear implant technology.

Financial Disclosures:

  • SLP and aural rehabilitation specialist at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Advisory Board of the River School in Washington, DC

Sandra Prentiss, PhD, CCC-A, is an assistant professor at the University of Miami Ear Institute. She received her PhD from the University of Kansas Medical Center and completed her post-doctoral studies at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Prentiss is an experienced clinician and researcher with a specific focus in cochlear implantation. She currently serves as the lead cochlear implant researcher at the University of Miami. Her research interests include cochlear implantation in the aging population, integrating acoustic and electric inputs, and electrophysiology. She has published and presented at multiple national and international conferences regarding these topics.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at University of Miami
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose 

Regina Presley, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA, received her master’s degree from Towson University and her AuD from A.T. Still University. She serves as the Senior Cochlear Implant Audiologist at the Presbyterian Board of Governors Cochlear Implant Center at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Presley’s roles have included pediatric audiology, private ENT practice, and, for the last 19 years, cochlear implant services for patients of all ages. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and has presented at conventions both nationally and internationally. Her research has focused on quality of life, hybrid technology, patient outcomes, and development of new clinical models.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Senior Cochlear Implant Audiologist at Presbyterian Board of Governors Cochlear Implant Center of Excellence at Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Speaking fees from Cochlear America
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose

William H. Shapiro, AuD, CCC-A, received his MA degree in audiology from Queens College of the CUNY in 1978 and received his AuD from Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University, in 2007. He has worked at NYU Langone Medical Center since 1984, where he has been involved with all aspects of diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology, including the dispensing of assistive hearing technology (hearing aids, FM systems). He currently is Director of FGP Audiology and Supervising Audiologist at the New York University Cochlear Implant Center, a nationally recognized center of excellence in the field of cochlear implants. He has been involved in the clinical and research aspects of multichannel cochlear implants for 30 years, with a particular expertise in cochlear implant programming and troubleshooting. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Clinician Award from the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. In 2014, he received an endowed Professorship and was named the Lester S. Miller & Kathleen V. Miller Clinical Assistant Professor of Hearing Health. He has published book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles and given numerous invited presentations at national and international conferences on the subject of cochlear implantation and is a reviewer for numerous journals.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Audiology Supervisor at NYU Cochlear Implant Center
  • Executive Advisory Board Consultant for Cochlear Corporation
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose  

Heidi Slager, AuD, CCC-A, is a cochlear implant audiologist at the University of Michigan. She provides diagnostic and rehabilitative services to patients of all ages, and coordinates clinical trials related to cochlear implants. She works with University of Michigan’s Sound Support Outreach Grant, traveling throughout the state to provide outreach for professionals and educational teams on hearing loss, cochlear implantation, and accommodations to support children with hearing loss in the academic setting. Slager received her AuD from The University of Memphis.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Audiologist at University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Program
  • Consultant for Cochlear Americas
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Board member of Michigan Academy of Audiology
  • PAC Committee member of American Academy of Audiology

​Kelly Nichols Starr, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a speech-language pathologist and a Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist/Listening and Spoken Language Specialist at the University of Michigan’s Cochlear Implant Program. Starr received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and completed her master’s in speech-language pathology at Wayne State University. She has presented nationally on various topics related to the development of listening and spoken language.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speech-language pathologist and Auditory Verbal Therapist at the University of Michigan
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA member

Teresa Zwolan PhD, CCC-A, is a professor and director of the University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Program. She received her PhD in audiology from Northwestern University and has worked at the University of Michigan since 1990. She is actively involved in patient care, research, and administrative aspects of the Cochlear Implant Program. To date, more than 3,500 patients have received a cochlear implant at the University of Michigan. Zwolan has authored/co-authored several papers on cochlear implants that focus on clinical management of children and adults, and has authored several book chapters dealing with various topics related to cochlear implants. 

Financial Disclosures:

  • Professor and director of Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Michigan
  • Advisory Board for Cochlear America
  • Training Course Director for Institute for Cochlear Implant Training
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Advisor, ASHA Audiology 2019 Planning Group

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