Research Symposium on Hearing

The Research Symposium on Hearing brings together clinicians and researchers at the ASHA Convention to discuss current research that has important implications for the study of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Each year's symposium focuses on a specific theme in hearing research and is presented by invited speakers who are experts in their fields.

ASHA has offered this annual program since 2017. It is coordinated by the Hearing, Tinnitus, and Vestibular Science topic chair for Convention. Attendance is included with ASHA Convention registration; no separate registration or fee is required.

ASHA offers an Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award (ARTA) for audiology and hearing science doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Awardees each receive a stipend and an ASHA Convention registration fee waiver, and they attend key, pre-selected events and sessions, including the Research Symposium on Hearing.

2024 Symposium

Thursday, December 5, 2024
Seattle, Washington

This year's Research Symposium on Hearing is organized by Charles Bishop and Mary Frances Johnson (University of Mississippi Medical Center), who are the Hearing, Tinnitus, and Vestibular Science topic co-chairs for the 2024 ASHA Convention. 

Attendance at these sessions is included with in-person ASHA Convention registration; no separate registration or fee is required.

Symposium Presentations

The 2024 agenda will be announced in May.

Past Symposium Recordings & ASHA Voices Episodes

Watch recordings of the sessions as presented at past ASHA Conventions and listen to ASHA Voices podcast episodes that bring a conversational tone to the stories behind the research.

2023 ASHA Convention

Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence to Improve Audiological Research and Care
Fan-Gang Zeng, PhD (University of California, Irvine)

Use of Machine Learning Techniques to Manage and Assess Dizzy Patients
Devin McCaslin, PhD (University of Michigan

Listen to conversations with the 2023 Symposium speakers on ASHA Voices:

2022 ASHA Convention

Advancing Hearing Health Equity for Older Adults: Lessons from HEARS
Dr. Carrie L. Nieman, MD, MPH (Johns Hopkins University)

Community Health Workers and Teleheath: Qualitative Results from a Feasibility Trial
Dr. Laura Coco, PhD, AuD, CCC-A (San Diego State University)

Listen to an ASHA Voices episode to hear Drs. Nieman and Coco discuss their research and how community health workers can help close gaps in public access to hearing health care.

2021 ASHA Convention

Assessing Hearing Lost to Improve Healthcare Outcomes
Esther Oh, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Listen to an ASHA Voices episode to hear Dr. Oh and Dr. Bret Rutherford discuss how hearing loss connects to dementia and depression.

2019 ASHA Convention

Cellular-level Diagnosis and Personalized Therapy of Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD, FACS, Massachusetts Ear and Eye Institute, Harvard Medical School

Function, Dysfunction and Restoration of Sensory Transduction Channels in Auditory Hair Cells   
Jeffrey Holt, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Listen to two ASHA Voices episodes to hear Drs. Stankovic and Holt discuss their research:

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