8:00-8:30: A door with many locks: Improving affordability and accessibility of hearing healthcare -- Sumit Dhar, PhD
8:30-9:00: Hearing device classification: Definitions of OTC hearing aids, PSAPs, Hearables: Brian Taylor, AuD
9:00-9:30: What we know about direct-to-consumer (DTC) hearing devices -- Vinaya Manchaiah, AuD, PhD
9:30-10:00: Coffee Break and Exhibiting
10:00-10:50: Outcomes of OTC hearing aids with online clinical support -- De Wet Swanepoel, PhD
10:50-11:10: Getting started with OTCs (Gold Sponsor: Signia) -- Annie Duchen, AuD
11:10-11:30: The many effects of hearing aid delay in open fittings (Gold Sponsor: Widex) -- Carolyn Pinkerton, AuD
11:30-12:50: Lunch and Exhibiting
12:50-1:20: Neurophysiological perspective on OTC hearing aid outcomes -- Anu Sharma, PhD
1:20-1:50: An auditory wellness model and its implications for treatment -- Larry Humes, PhD
1:50 to 3:00: Panel discussion “Opportunities and challenges of integrating OTC hearing aids in audiology practice”: Moderator - Anu Sharma; Panelists – Brian Taylor, Vinaya Manchaiah, Anu Sharma, Sumit Dhar, Larry Humes
3:00pm: Meeting Adjourned
Anschutz Medical Campus
Research 1 North (P18), Hensel Phelps Auditorium
12800 East 19th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045
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Larry E. Humes, PhD has served as associate editor and editor for several audiology journals. Professor Humes has received the Honors of the Association and the Alfred Kawana Award for Lifetime Achievement in Publications from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the James Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology from the American Academy of Audiology. In 2020, he gave the Carhart Memorial Lecture at the American Auditory Society.
Annie Duchen, AuD, has 5 years of hearing care experience and is a clinical pediatric audiologist by background. She has a passion for reducing barriers for people with hearing loss to access high quality and safe hearing technology. She is currently the Senior Manager of Customer Success for the WSA OTC team, specifically supporting Sony OTC hearing aids, including being lead of OTC Training and Audiology.
Brian Taylor, AuD is the senior director of audiology for Signia. Additionally, he serves as editor-at-large for Hearing Health and Technology Matters, a leading professional blog, and editor of Audiology Practices, the quarterly publication of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin.
Anu Sharma, Ph.D. is a professor in the Dept. of Speech Language and Hearing, Institute for Cognitive Science and Center for Neuroscience at University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research is focused on examining neuroplasticity in children and adults with hearing aids and cochlear implants. Dr. Sharma has given over 200 invited presentations and keynotes addresses including the Carhart Memorial Lecture at the American Auditory Society, the Marion Downs Lecture at the American Academy of Audiology and the Ted Evans Lecture at the British Society of Audiology.
De Wet Swanepoel is professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria a WHO collaborating Center for the Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss. He holds adjunct positions at the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Ear Science Institute Australia. His research is focused on innovative solutions and service-delivery models for more equitable hearing care. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters and is funded by the NIH, UK Academy of Medical Sciences, National Research Foundation, and industry.
Dr. Vinaya Manchaiah, AuD, MBA, PhD serves as the Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and as the Director of Audiology at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCHealth). He is the Principal Investigator at the Virtual Hearing Lab (www.virtualhearinglab.org). He also has a position as an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and an Adjunct Professor at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India. He has authored over 200 scientific manuscripts and 5 textbooks.
Sumitrajit (Sumit) Dhar, PhD studies hearing, hearing loss, and hearing healthcare. Sumit has studied audiology and hearing science at the University of Mumbai, Utah State University, and Purdue University. He is the Hugh Knowles Professor of Hearing Science and the Associate Provost for Faculty at Northwestern University. Work in Sumit’s lab is supported by federal agencies such as the NIH and PCORI, foundations such as the American Hearing Research Foundation, and industry.