The new year is almost upon us, and so is the 2011 Upper MidWest Audiology Conference, which will take place February 25-26 at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, just outside of Minneapolis.

The theme of this year’s conference is "Beyond Hearing Loss."  The meeting will feature an opening presidential reception, noted speakers on various audiology topics, a silent auction, AAA/ABA continuing medical education courses, as well as plenty of networking with fellow audiologists and hearing industry professionals.

Attendees will be able to see the following presentations:

"Cognition Can Inform Advances in Audiologic Rehabilitation and Hearing Aid Design, but Are AudiologistsReady to Measure It?"  Presented by Kathy Pichora-Fuller, PhD, professor of psychology, University of Toronto.

"Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Blast Exposure: Effects on the Peripheral and Central Auditory System." Presented by Therese Walden, AuD, senior audiology clinician & researcher, Walter Reed Medical Center.

"Audiologic Rehabilitation: The Road to Blissful Hearing Aid Satisfaction."  Presented by Patricia Kricos, PhD, professor of audiology, University of Florida.

"Tinnitus Treatment."  Presented by Richard Tyler, PhD, University of Iowa.

"Alarming Facts About Smoke Detectors," Presented by A.U. Bankaitis, PhD, vice president, Oaktree Products Inc.

"Modality Specificity of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders: A Useful Diagnostic Construct?" Presented by Terri Bellis, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Dakota.

Visit the conference Web site for more information.

SOURCE: Upper MidWest Audiology Conference