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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 

Allison Biever, AuD, CCC-A, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta in 1989 and her master’s degree in audiology at the University of Colorado in 1992, after which she worked as a fellow in the first cochlear implant program in Colorado. In 2005, she received her AuD from Central Michigan University, completing a doctoral thesis that examined the impact of residual hearing on cochlear implantation in children. Her focus at the Rocky Mountain Ear Center has been helping people regain their hearing through cochlear implants. She was awarded the LaFawn Biddle Award and the Hands & Voices Families First Award for her outstanding service to the deaf and hard of hearing community. In addition to her work in the clinic, she is also a prominent researcher in the field of cochlear implants, an instructor for Institute for Cochlear Implant Training (ICIT), and a board member for the Listen Foundation.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Cochlear implant audiologist at the Rocky Mountain Ear Center
  • Provides hands-on training for ICIT
  • Serves on the advisory board for Cochlear Corporation
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of ASHA, AAA, AGBell, ACIA, and LISTEN

Patricia L. Craun, AuD, CCC-A, joined Children’s National Health System Hearing and Speech team in Washington, DC, in 2006, where she is a member of the Cochlear Implant Program team. Her specific areas of clinic interest include pediatric amplification, bridging the connection between clinical and educational audiology services for pediatric patients, as well as treatment and outcomes with multi-lingual patients/families. She earned her doctorate in audiology from Gallaudet University and graduated with a BS in communication sciences and disorders, with a minor in Spanish, from Towson University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.  

Financial Disclosures:

  • Pediatric audiologist at Children's National Health System
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of ACIA, ASHA, and AAA

Meredith Holcomb, AuD, CCC-A, joined the University of Miami Department of Otolaryngology as an assistant professor and the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program in June 2019. She received her doctorate of audiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. Holcomb spent 13 years of her career at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she was an assistant professor and the Clinical Director of the Cochlear Implant Program. She received the 2016 Outstanding Clinician Award through the MUSC Foundation and the 2015 Forty Under 40 Award through the Charleston Business Journal. She was the MUSC Employee of the Month in September 2013 and was nominated for the 2019 Lift As You Climb Diversity Mentorship Award. She was the South Carolina representative for the ASHA Audiology Advisory Council, the immediate Past President for the South Carolina Academy of Audiology, and a Past President of the South Carolina AG Bell Chapter. Holcomb is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance and a faculty member for the Institute for Cochlear Implant Training Advanced Audiology Course. She serves on the Audiology Advisory Council for Advanced Bionics Corporation and is a past consultant for Med El Corporation and Cochlear Americas Corporation. Holcomb has published book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles and has given numerous invited presentations at national and international conferences on the subject of cochlear implantation and clinical efficiency.  

Financial Disclosures:

  • Director of Cochlear Implants and Assistant Professor at University of Miami
  • Speaker & consultant for AudiologyOnline, Advanced Bionics, and ICIT
  • Member of ASHA's Audiology Advisory Council in 2018
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Board of Directors for ACIA, SCAA, and Beginnings SC

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

Kerry L. Moriarty, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is a speech-language pathologist who has specialized in listening and spoken language with children who are deaf/hard of hearing for more than 20 years. Her background includes working in auditory oral private and public school settings as well as the medical field. She has worked with children and families from birth through 20 years of age. She is licensed as a listening and spoken language specialist, auditory verbal educator.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speech-language pathologist and Auditory Verbal Educator at Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose

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

Erin C. Schafer, PhD, CCC-A, is a professor and the director of graduate studies in audiology at the University of North Texas, where she has been a faculty member since 2005. She received her PhD in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2005. Her research programs on the assessment and (re)habilitation of adults and children with hearing loss and auditory disorders have produced more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, four textbooks, national and international podium presentations at conferences, and external grants and gifts. She is the editor of Audiology Today, past president and journal editor for the Educational Audiology Association, and board member for the Auditory Implant Initiative. Schafer was honored with the UNT Office of Research and Innovation Teacher Scholar Award in 2017 and the Cheryl Deconde Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Educational and Pediatric Audiology in 2013.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Professor and director of graduate studies in audiology at University of North Texas
  • Research funding from Phonak and Oticon
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Editor of Audiology Today (AAA)
  • Member of AAA Communication Committee
  • Board member for Auditory Implant Initiative

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

​Sarah A. Sydlowski, AuD, PhD, completed her clinical doctorate in audiology at the University of Louisville, her clinical externship at Mayo Clinic Arizona, and subsequently her PhD at Gallaudet University. She is currently pursuing her executive MBA at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Sydlowski is the audiology director of the Hearing Implant Program at the Cleveland Clinic, where her clinical and research interests focus on cochlear, auditory brainstem, and bone-anchored hearing implant systems and management of single-sided deafness; optimization of practice efficiency; and development of innovative clinical delivery models. Sydlowski is Board Certified in Audiology with Specialty Certification in Cochlear Implants. She has earned the Cleveland Clinic Distinguished Educator Certificate and is adjunct faculty at the University of Akron, where she teaches the graduate Implantable Technologies course. Sydlowski has been active in professional organizations, most recently serving on the American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors (2015–2018), president of the Ohio Academy of Audiology (2017), and a Trustee of the AAA Foundation (2019). She is also currently serving on a task force for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance related to cochlear implant candidacy.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Audiology director of the Hearing Implant Program at Cleveland Clinic
  • Adjunct faculty at University of Akron
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of American Cochlear Implant Alliance task force

Nanette Thompson, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, ​is an SLP and LSLS, Cert. AVT, specializing in working with deaf/hard of hearing children for more than 25 years. She provides diagnostic services and weekly speech, language, and listening treatment to families, children, and adults. She provides mentoring to professionals and school districts across the United States, working to improve listening and spoken language outcomes for children with hearing loss. 

Financial Disclosures:

  • Owner of Listening 2 Learn
  • Paid consultant for the University of Colorado Hospital and The Listen Foundation 
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this and past presentations

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of ASHA, AGBell, and the CI Alliance

Kristin Uhler, PhD, CCC-A, is an associate professor and the Kelley Family/Schlessman Family Scottish Rite Masons Chair in Childhood Language Disorders as well as the Chair of Audiology, Speech Pathology, and Learning Services at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Uhler’s NIH-funded research focuses on the auditory and language outcomes for children with hearing loss and the investigation of an objective biomarker for auditory development. 

Financial Disclosures:

  • Associate professor at University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose

Jace A. Wolfe, PhD, CCC-A, is the Director of Audiology and Research at the Hearts for Hearing Foundation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He also is an adjunct assistant professor in the Audiology Department at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Salus University. He previously served as the editor for the ASHA SIG 9 Perspectives and is currently a co-editor for the Plural Publishing, Inc. Core Clinical Concept Series on Cochlear Implants. Wolfe is a member of the Better Hearing Institute’s Pediatric Advisory Board as well as the Audiology Advisory Boards for Cochlear Americas, Advanced Bionics, and the Phonak Hearing Aid Company. He is also serves on the editorial board of The Hearing Journal. Additionally, Wolfe co-authors a periodic column entitled “The Tot Ten” in The Hearing Journal, and he has published numerous book chapters and articles in professional peer-reviewed and trade journals. He is author of the textbook entitled Cochlear Implants: Audiologic Management and Considerations for Implantable Hearing Devices, and he is co-editor (with Carol Flexer, Jane Madell, and Erin Schafer) of the textbooks Pediatric Audiology: Diagnosis, Technology, and Management (3rd ed.) and Pediatric Audiology Casebook (2nd ed.). He is also a co-author of the textbook entitled Programming Cochlear Implants (2nd ed.). His areas of interests are pediatric amplification and cochlear implantation, personal remote microphone technology, and signal processing for children. He provides clinical services for children and adults with hearing loss and is also actively engaged in research in several areas pertaining to hearing aids, cochlear implants, hybrid cochlear implants, and personal remote microphone systems. 

Financial Disclosures:

  • Director of audiology for Hearts for Hearing
  • Advisory board member for Cochlear Americas, Advanced Bionics, and Phonak
  • 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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