Presenter: Michael Valente, Ph.D.
Course description: This 6.5 hour presentation is designed to “walk” the attendee via lecture and demonstration using real-ear and coupler measures, through a “best practice” protocol to select, verify, and validate the performance of a wide variety of hearing aid technologies dispensed to adult patients. Emphasis will be placed on evidence-based principles when appropriate. Particular attention will be placed on several key issues. One issue is why using manufacturer “First-Fit” algorithms may be inappropriate and why it should be part of clinical practice to verify hearing aid performance using real ear measures. Another key issue is a discussion of available technologies that address the reasons patients most often cite when pursuing amplification (i.e., directional microphones, remote microphones, etc). Finally, a portion of the lecture will be aimed at how it is possible to provide quality patient care and at the same time be profitable.
Michael Valente, Ph.D., is Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology and Director of Adult Audiology at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His editorial responsibilities include the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology where he is the Assistant Editor-Amplification, American Journal of Audiology, Ear and Hearing and the International Journal of Audiology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975. He had authored several textbooks: Strategies for Selecting and Verifying Hearing Aid Performance, Hearing Aids: Standards, Options and Limitations, Audiology: Diagnosis, Audiology: Treatment and Audiology: Practice Management, with Ross Roeser and Holly Hosford-Dunn); Audiology Answers for Otolaryngologists with Elizabeth Fernandez, and Heather Monroe, The Audiology Capstone: Research, Presentation and Publication, with Cathy Sarli, Amyn Amlani, Maureen Valente, Kristi Oeding, Josh Finnell, Therese Walden and Steve Huart.
Speaker has no financial or commercial involvement with any amplification products or products under discussion.
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