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Audiology at the ASHA Convention 

The 2021 ASHA Convention will be a hybrid event—in-person for those who wish to attend the conference in Washington, DC, November 18–20, 2021, and virtual for those who would like to access the virtual library of educational content from home. It is meant to accommodate all comfort levels and those who prefer to continue learning online.

Audiology Lounge

Stop by the Audiology Lounge, sponsored by CapTel from T-Mobile, Thursday, November 18–Saturday, November 20. The lounge is in the audiology exhibits area in the Convention Center Exhibit Hall. This area is exclusively for you! Meet up with colleagues, grab a snack to recharge—and recharge your devices, too.

The ASHA Audiology staff booth will be nearby, where you can talk to members of the Audiology team. If you are attending virtually, you can visit the ASHA Audiology booth in the virtual exhibit hall and be entered into a drawing for giveaways like ASHA Learning Passes, ASHA Store merchandise, and more. You can arrange to talk to one of the ASHA staff audiologists, even if you're not there in person!

Education Sessions

Want to learn more about audiology implantables, dispensing and business practice management, hearing and balance assessment, vestibular science, neuroaudiology/central auditory processing, academic and clinical education, cultural and linguistic diversity, interprofessional collaboration, global issues and practice, health literacy and communication, leadership and professional issues, and telepractice? Check out the Program Planner to search for ASHA Convention sessions by topic area, keyword, date, presenting author, and more to create a personalized schedule. You can choose from dozens of audiology related sessions. 

Pre-Recorded and In-Person Master Classes. These sessions provide a more intensive, advanced learning opportunity for seasoned professionals or those whose work has a specialized focus. New topics for audiology this year include the following:

Live Sessions

  • MC26 – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cochlear Implant Candidacy
  • MC13 – Quantifying Auditory Dosage in Children Who Are Hard of Hearing
  • MC09 – New Approaches to Objective Diagnosis of Hearing Disorders in Older Adults
  • MC08 – Signing Black in America: The Story of Black American Sign Language
  • MC23 – Increasing Telehealth Services in Pediatric Audiology: The COVID Response and Beyond

 Recorded Sessions

  • MC55V – Supporting the Social and Emotional Well-Being of Families in the Context of Auditory Rehab
  • MC57V – Principles and Practices of Equity-Minded and Anti-Racist Pedagogy

This year, Master Classes carry no extra fee, and attendance at the onsite classes is first come, first served.

Invited Sessions. You can attend original 1-hour invited Oral Seminars. These are a combination of in-person and pre-recorded. Topics include: Exploring How Intersectionality, Equity, and Inclusion Can Transform Audiology Education; Neurocognitive Brain Changes in Hearing Loss; AI in Hearing: The Promise and Reality; Communication During COVID 19 and Beyond: Face Coverings and Communication Access; Using Automated Captioning and Note-Taking Systems to Accommodate Students With Hearing Loss; Keys to Staying Sharp: Music Training, Auditory Processing, and Cognitive Impairments in Older Adults; and Tele-Intervention for Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Here and Across the World.

Clinical and Research Technical Sessions. These 30-minute pre-recorded sessions include a special series of presentations from 22 industry and organization leaders that target advancements in hearing health care and technology. Sessions will cover artificial intelligence, sound conditioning therapy, over-the-counter hearing aids, electrophysiology, and the newest technological advances. These sessions will be available in the ASHA Convention Virtual Library.

The ASHA Convention Virtual Library, open from November 15–22, is an online platform that will provide access to hundreds of pre-recorded sessions. It will be available over an extended 8-day period that overlaps the in-person event, allowing you to learn on your own schedule. Posters will even feature live, virtual Q&A sessions, so you can interact with presenters and other attendees in real time. (In-person sessions will NOT be recorded or live-streamed for the Virtual Library.) In-person Convention registrants will have access to all the pre-recorded sessions in the Virtual Library.

    Gallaudet University Walking Tour

    Wednesday, November 17, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. (in-person)
    800 Florida Avenue, NE
    Washington, DC 20002

    Learn about the rich history of Gallaudet University and the Deaf perspective with an in-person campus walking tour—including informational sessions and materials.

    Audiology Networking Breakfast

    Thursday, November 18, 7:15 a.m.–8:15 a.m. (in-person)
    Marriott Marquis, Mezzanine Level, Silver Linden Room
    Washington, DC 20002

    All audiologists and audiology students attending the in-person ASHA Convention are invited to this free networking breakfast, sponsored by CaptionCall, on Thursday morning. Catch up with colleagues and grab a bite before the Opening General Session.

    ASHA thanks our sponsors. Sponsors are not responsible for the content of this conference nor does ASHA endorse their products or services. 

    ASHA Corporate Partners