The Audio Engineering Society (AES)—a professional association for professionals and students involved in the audio industry—will hold its third International Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders at Columbia College in downtown Chicago from June 20-22, 2018, the organization announced. The conference will focus on strategies and technologies for safer long-term hearing outcomes in the music industry, and includes two days of papers and presentations augmented by lively panel discussions. Registration with is now open, with Early Bird pricing through April 15.

The Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders will feature presentations by a “rock-star” roster of notable audiologists and researchers. The keynote speech, “Music for Brain Health,” will be delivered by esteemed scientist, inventor, and musician Nina Kraus, PhD, of Northwestern University. Other notable presenters include Sharon Kujawa of Harvard; Dr Marshall Chasin, audiologistHearing Review columnist, and author; research psychologist Elizabeth Beach of Australia’s National Acoustic Laboratories, and Dr Cory Portnuff of University of Colorado. Opening and closing remarks will be delivered by conference co-chairs, Bob Schulein of ImmersAV Technology and Dr Michael Santucci, AuD, of Sensaphonics. For more information on the speakers, please click here.

Panel discussions promise to bring key issues into sharp focus for conference attendees. Benj Kanters of will moderate an audiology panel on teaching strategies for hearing awareness and conservation. Another panel will feature touring audio engineer Mark Frink addressing safe and effective mixing of in-ear monitors.

Overlooking beautiful Grant Park on Michigan Avenue in the heart of downtown Chicago, Columbia College offers a unique and convenient setting for this event. The conference kicks off Wednesday evening, June 20, with a networking open house and tour of the school’s Audio Arts’ & Acoustics’ facilities. Research papers and panel discussions will be presented Thursday and Friday.

Online registration for the Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders is now open, with Early Bird pricing of $450 for AES members and $575 for non-AES attendees through April 15, a $50 savings. Student registration is $300. Price includes conference attendance, premium on-site catering (two light breakfasts, two lunches, one full dinner), and related social events. Hotel room blocks at attractive rates have been reserved for conference attendees at several nearby downtown Chicago hotels (click here for more information on the available hotels). Attendees are encouraged to reserve their spot early to ensure availability.

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2018 AES International Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders

Dates: June 20-22, 2018
Location: Columbia College, Chicago, Ill, USA

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

7-10 p.m.: Registration and Opening Event

Open House and Tour of the Labs and Studios of the Department of Audio Arts & Acoustics, Columbia College, Chicago.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

8-9 a.m.: Registration; Coffee & Pastries

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Paper Presentations & Panel Discussions

9:00-9:10 a.m.    WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS • Robert Schulein – ImmersAV Technology – Schaumburg, Ill

9:10-10:00 a.m.  KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Music for Brain Health” • Nina Kraus, PhD (Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill)

10:00-10:30 a.m.  Paper Presentation 1

10:30-11:00 a.m.  BREAK

11:00-11:30 a.m.  Paper Presentation 2

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Paper Presentation 3

12:00-1:30 p.m.    LUNCH

1:30-2:00 p.m.    Paper Presentation 4

2:00-2:30 p.m.    Paper Presentation 5 • Invited Speaker: Marshall Chasin, AuD (Musicians’ Clinics of Canada)

2:30-3:00 p.m.    BREAK

3:00-3:30 p.m.    Paper Presentation 6

3:30-4:00 p.m.    Paper Presentation 7

4:00-5:00 p.m.    Panel Discussion A – Education • Chair: Benj Kanters

6:00-6:30 p.m.  Hors d’oeuvres

6:30-8:30 p.m.  Dinner, Catered by Goddess and the Grocer • Invited Speaker: Sharon Kujawa, PhD (Harvard Medical School)

9:00 p.m.:  Informal Social Event


Friday, June 22, 2018

8:30-9:00 a.m.: Coffee & Pastries

9:00 a.m.-3:10 p.m.: Paper Presentations & Panel Discussions

9:00-9:30 a.m.    Paper Presentation 8

9:30-10:00 a.m.  Paper Presentation 9

10:00-10:30 a.m.  Paper Presentation 10 • Invited Speaker: Elizabeth Beach, PhD (National Acoustic Laboratories)

10:30-11:00 a.m.  BREAK

11:00-11:30 a.m.  Panel Discussion B • Chair: Michael Santucci

12:00-1:30 p.m.    LUNCH

1:30-2:00 p.m.     Paper Presentation 11,  Invited Speaker: Cory Portnuff, AuD, PhD (University of Colorado, Denver School of   Medicine)

2:00-2:30 p.m.    Paper Presentation 12

2:30-3:00 p.m.    Paper Presentation 13

3:00-3:10 p.m.    CLOSING REMARKS • Michael Santucci (Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation, Chicago, Ill)

8:00 p.m.:  Informal Social Event

Source: The Audio Engineering Society

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