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AUDIOLOGY 2020
Evolving Clinical Practice: Present and Future Considerations

November 11–23, 2020 | Online Conference

Conference Faculty

Debbie Abel, AuD, is the manager of Coding and Contracting Services for Audigy and is currently serving as the President of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. Past positions include being staff for the American Academy of Audiology, having her own private practice in Alliance, Ohio, and supporting two ENTs at the ENT Specialty Center in Poway, California, as well as at the Alliance Eye and Ear Clinic. Abel is the editor of The Essential Guide to Coding in Audiology: Coding, Billing and Practice Management, the author of a chapter in the Essential Guide to Coding in Otolaryngology: Coding, Billing and Practice Management and the three editions of Strategic Practice Management: A Patient Centered Approach/Business and Procedural Considerations, and has authored articles in various audiology publications. Until recently, she was an adjunct assistant professor at A.T. Still University.  

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose 

Harvey B. Abrams, PhD, has served in a number of academic, clinical, research, administrative, and consulting capacities in a career spanning over 45 years. He has worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, academia, and industry, including serving as Chief of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service and Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, the Director of Research at the Army Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Director of Audiology Research at Starkey Hearing Technologies. He currently serves as the Head of Research Audiology at Lively Hearing Corporation, a teleaudiology-focused company. He received his undergraduate degree from the George Washington University and his master’s and doctoral training in audiology and hearing science at the University of Florida. Abrams instructs students at several AuD programs including those at Salus University, West Virginia University, and Arizona State University. He is a frequent lecturer on the topics of outcome measures, health-related quality of life, professional issues, and evidence-based audiologic practice. His research has focused on treatment efficacy and improved quality of life associated with audiologic intervention, including, most recently, computer-based auditory training.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Head of Audiology Research at Lively Hearing Corporation, for which he receives consulting fees, expenses reimbursement, and restricted shares
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose 

Amyn M. Amlani, PhD, is Director of Professional Development and Education at Audigy. Prior to this position, Amlani was an academician for nearly two decades, during which he pursued scholarly activities primarily in the areas of: (1) economic and marketing trends within audiology, particularly with respect to evolving/disruptive technologies (direct-to-consumer hearing tests and amplification technologies), (2) consumer purchasing models, (3) provider service delivery models, (4) hearing conservation for musicians, and (5) room acoustics. Amlani also serves as the editor for the Economics Section at Hearing Health Technology Matters

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee of Audigy
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Section Editor – Economics for Hearing Health and Technology Matters
  • Board Member of American Board of Audiology, American Academy of Audiology

Dave Fabry, PhD, is Chief Innovation Officer for Starkey Hearing Technologies. He has previously held both academic and industry positions as Research Audiologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (1988–1990), Chief of Audiology at Mayo Clinic (1994–2002), Chief of Audiology and Associate Professor at University of Miami Medical Center (2007–2009), Vice President of Professional Relations of Audiology and Professional Relations at Phonak Hearing Systems (2002–2007), and Vice President, Global Medical Affairs at GN Hearing (2016–2018). He served as editor of the American Journal of Audiology (1996–2009), and editor-in-chief of Audiology Today (2008–2018). He was a past Board of Directors member (1997–2002) and President (2001) of the American Academy of Audiology and was named an ASHA Fellow in 2001. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award (2009) and the Presidential Honors Award (2018) from the American Academy of Audiology. 

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee and Officer of Starkey Hearing Technologies
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose 

Chad Gladden, AuD, CCC-A, is the audiology telehealth coordinator for the VA Audiology and Speech Pathology National Program Office.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Coming soon

James Henry, PhD, CCC-A, is a licensed audiologist with a doctorate in behavioral neuroscience. He is a United States Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research & Development (RR&D) Senior Research Career Scientist, employed at the VA RR&D National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR), VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. He is also Research Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University. Most of his career has been devoted to tinnitus clinical research. His overall goals are to develop and validate clinical methodology for effectively helping individuals who are afflicted with bothersome tinnitus, and to increase accessibility to evidence-based tinnitus care.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee of Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research & Development (RR&D) Service – Research Career Scientist Award and Senior Research Career Scientist Award 
  • Grants from Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research & Development (RR&D) Service; Starkey Hearing Technologies; and Phonak LLC 

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose

Dusty Jessen, AuD, CCC-A, has been practicing audiology since 2001. She spent 2 years in a hospital setting, 15 years in an ENT clinic, and is now the proud owner of a private practice in Littleton, Colorado. Jessen’s passion revolves around patient education and counseling. In 2014 she wrote and published a patient handbook, “5 Keys to Communication Success,” which is now the backbone of the 5 Keys Communication auditory rehabilitation program. Jessen has published many articles on the topic of auditory rehabilitation and has spoken for state and national conferences around the world about the critical importance of keeping patient education and counseling at the forefront of our treatment plans in order to shift the focus back to our professional services and set ourselves apart from the commodity options available to patients today.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Owner of 5 Keys Communication, and receives profits from sales
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose 

Anna Marie Jilla, AuD, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Her current research is in health economics, implementation science, and health services research. She has also made scientific contributions in the area of audiologic rehabilitation, specifically for hearing aid uptake, treatment adherence, and outcomes measurement. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Coding and Reimbursement Committee for the American Academy of Audiology.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Co-Chair of the Coding and Reimbursement Committee for the American Academy of Audiology

Carole E. Johnson, PhD, AuD, CCC-A, is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has over 35 years experience as a rehabilitative audiologist and is director of the Hearing Evaluation, Rehabilitation, and Outcomes (HERO) Laboratory. She is currently conducting a 3-year randomized clinical trial on the benefits of entry-level digital hearing aids for patients with low incomes, funded by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Sciences and Technology. She has published four textbooks and 80 referred articles, and made over 150 presentations at professional meetings around the world.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Grant funding from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Sciences and Technology
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose 

Craig A. Kasper, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA, is the Managing Director of NYHD. He specializes in disorders of the vestibular system and balance optimization.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Coming soon  

Devin L. McCaslin, PhD, CCC-A, received a master’s degree in audiology from Wayne State University and a PhD in hearing science from The Ohio State University. He currently serves as the Director of the Vestibular and Balance Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and is an Associate Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has authored and co-authored publications that cover the areas of tinnitus, dizziness, auditory function, and outcome measures development. McCaslin’s major academic, clinical, and research interests relate to clinical electrophysiology, vestibular assessment, and the application of artificial intelligence to manage and treat dizzy patients. He also serves as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology and is the Past President of the American Balance Society.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose   

​Meaghan Reed, AuD, CCC-A, is Massachusetts Eye and Ear's Associate Director of Audiology for Clinical Operations. She has been a practicing clinician for over 15 years. Reed's clinical interests include improving access and awareness to hearing health. She helped create novel service models to provide PSAPs to patients in clinic and to the community in preparation for the future of OTCs.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee of Massachusetts Eye and Ear
  • Helped create and implement the business models discussed in this presentation
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to disclose 

​Sharon A. Sandridge, PhD, CCC-A, is currently the Section Head: Hearing, Speech and Balance Services at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and has been with the Cleveland Clinic since 1995. Sandridge received her BA (1983) and MA (1984) from University of Akron and her PhD (1988) from University of Florida. Prior to her position at Cleveland Clinic, she was a Research Associate at CUNY-GS in New York and on faculty at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Her primary clinical and research interests are amplification, tinnitus, electrophysiology, hearing loss prevention (HLP), and precepting AuD externs. She has co-authored over 60 articles/book chapters and has over 300 referred/invited national/international presentations. Two of her articles have received special recognition: 1999 ASHA’s Editor’s Choice Award - American Journal of Audiology and 2012 Editor’s Award for Outstanding Publications - Ear and Hearing. Sandridge has also been recognized as Ohio Outstanding Researcher by the Ohio Academy of Audiology (2008), received the Cleveland Clinic Health Sciences Educator Award (2016), and became an ASHA Fellow in 2018. In 2007, she served as Convention Chair for AAA and 2018 served as Co-Chair for the ASHA Convention. She is currently serving as ASHA Vice President for Audiology Practices.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of ASHA Board of Directors - Vice President for Audiology Practice

Erika Shakespeare, CCC-A, is an ASHA-certified audiologist in Eastern Oregon. She owns a private practice in a rural community. She also works with the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management as a technical consultant and pediatric audiology mentor. She was worked in a variety of settings during her career, including as the Audiology Program Manager for Idaho Elks Hearing & Balance Center, St. Luke's Health Systems, in academia, and in otolaryngology settings. She is involved with the Idaho Care Project, helping to bring emotional and family support to families raising children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Shakespeare also volunteers with ASHA, currently serving on the SIG 6 coordinating committee as the coordinator.  

Financial Disclosures:

  • Owner of Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management
  • ASHA SIG 6 Coordinator 

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