The Academy of Dispensing Audiologists will hold its “Audiology Roundup” convention and exhibition October 13-17 at the Hilton El Conquistador hotel in Tucson, Ariz. As is the tradition of ADA, the conference is intended to present members with information that they can “use on Monday morning,” while also providing time to network and gain insights from colleagues who work largely in private practice settings. The convention also offers a full exhibit floor in which attendees can see the latest product and service offerings in the hearing industry, as well as several “Gabfests” that are designed to share attendees’ perspectives about a specific topic.

On Wednesday, October 13, two all-day pre-convention workshops will be offered: “Branding the Doctor of Audiology” will be presented by the brand strategy firm of Parker LePla (offered free-of-charge to members from funds generated by AudNet); and “Cerumen Management Workshop.” Thursday, October 14, offers the ADA’s Opening Ceremonies, a wide range of seminars, and the ADA’s Opening Night Party. Friday, October 15, will feature a full morning of interesting seminars, followed by the annual AFA Golf Tournament, as well as the Mentoring Program for AuD Candidates which is held by Past-Presidents Jim McDonald and Bob Manning. The convention concludes on Saturday, October 16, with another full day of excellent seminars, culminating in the Academy’s Annual Banquet.

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2004 Conference Agenda Note: Check ADA Convention program for final times and events, as these may change.

Wednesday, October 13
8:00 am-9:00 am Continental Breakfast for Workshop Attendees
9:00 am-4:00 pm Branding the Doctor of Audiology, Parker LePla
9:00 am-4:00 pm Cerumen Management Workshop, Sam Kelso
6:30 pm-10:00 pm Opening Reception, Exhibit Hall

Thursday, October 14

7:30 am-8:30 am First-Timer, New Member, and Student Breakfast
7:30 am-8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am-9:00 am Opening Session
8:30 am-9:00 am Opening Ceremonies and Awards
9:00 am-10:30 am How to Teach Consumers to Say, “I want to see an audiologist as my manager of hearing and balance care,” Lynn Parker
10:30 am-11:15 am If “They” Could Only Hear What They Actually Say!— A Lighthearted Approach to our Everyday Experiences, Mary Queen
11:15 am-2:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
11:15 am-1:00 pm Lunch with Exhibitors
1:30 pm-2:30 pm Biochemistry Basics, Tabitha Parent-Buck & Ted Wendel
1:30 pm-2:30 pm Diagnosis and Treatment of Horizontal Canal BPPV-HC, Richard Gans
1:30 pm-2:30 pm Audiology Accreditation Revisited: One Year Later, Doris Gordon
2:45 pm-3:45 pm Biochemistry Basics (Cont)
2:45 pm-3:45 pm The Legal Framework for a Doctoring Profession, Larry Engelmann, Barry Freeman, & Robert Gippin
2:45 pm-3:45 pm Dermatologic Observations for Referral, Norman Levine
4:00 pm-5:00 pm Managing High Frequency Hearing Loss: Issues and Resolution? Francis Kuk
4:00 pm-5:00 pm Infection Control in the Hearing Aid Clinic, AU Bankaitis
4:00 pm-5:00 pm Verifying and Demonstrating Digital Hearing Aid Features, Lynda Clark
4:00 pm-5:00 pm Gabfest: An Open Conversation with Your Board of Directors: How Can I Get More Involved with ADA?
5:00 pm-7:00 pm AFA Art Auction
7:00 pm Round-Up Opening Night Party

Friday, October 15

7:30 am-1 pm Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 am-8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am-9:30 am What the Heck is ADRO? Todd Fortune
8:30 am-9:30 am Pharmacology: More than Just Toxicity, Ted Wendel
8:30 am-9:30 am Maximizing Your Reimbursement Dollar, Kim Cavitt
8:30 am-9:30 am Gabfest: Does the Name “Academy of Dispensing Audiologists” Still Fit Our Profession? Larry Engelmann
9:45 am-10:45 am Ototoxicity: Agents, Audiological Monitoring, and New Research on Otoprotectants for Ototoxic and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, Kathleen CM Campbell
9:45 am-10:45 am Evaluation of Several Common Hearing Aid Features and Algorithms, Jennifer Groth, Andrew Dittberner, & Laurel Christensen
9:45 am-10:45 am AuD Program Experiences: Meet You at the Forum, Eric Hagberg
11:00 am-12:00 pm Ototoxicity: Agents (Cont)
11:00 am-12:00 pm Hooray, I’m Getting New Digital Hearing Aids, So I Won’t Have to Listen Anymore! Robert Sweetow
11:00 am-12:00 pm Proven Facts and Features in Digital Instruments, Thomas Powers
11:00 am-12:00 pm Clinical Training in AuD Programs, Anita Pikus
1:00 pm AFA Golf Tournament & Cieliczka Skeet Shoot
1:30 pm-3:30 pm Mentoring Program for AuD Candidates, Jim McDonald & Bob Manning

Saturday, October 16

7:30 am-8:30 pm Continental Breakfast
7:30 am-10:00 am Exhibits Open
8:30 am-9:30 am Implementing the Pediatric Amplification Guidelines, Catherine Palmer
8:30 am-9:30 am Hands-On Tour of the Human Brain, Tabitha Parent Buck & ASHS students
8:30 am-9:30 am Using Internet/email as a Marketing Tool, Mark Sanford
8:30 am-9:30 am Creating a New Experience in Hearing Care, Jim Kothe
9:45 am-10:45 am Is There Evidence on which to Bas Recommendations for Amplification? Victory Bray
9:45 am-10:45 am Auditory Processing Disorders in Adults, Gail Whitelaw
9:45 am-10:45 am Hands-On Tour of the Human Brain (Cont)
9:45 am-10:45 am Cochlear Implants: Updated Criteria for Selection and Management, Marcia Clark & Carol Higgins
9:45 am-10:45 am Auditory Steady State Responses, Mona Dworsack
11:00 am-12:00 pm Diagnosis and Treatment of Cochlear Dead Regions, David Fabry
11:00 am-12:00 pm What is Great Customer Service? Terry Griffing
11:00 am-12:00 pm Bundling vs Unbundling Professional Service Fees and Services: Panel Discussion, Dave Cieliczka, Jim McDonald, Dave Citron
11:00 am-12:00 pm Are We Asleep at the Wheel? The Delicate Future of Private Practice Audiology in the US, Dave Smriga
Noon-2:00 pm Membership Luncheon and Business Meeting
Noon-1:00 pm Box lunch (for those not attending Business Meeting)
2:00 pm-5:00 pm Investing for the 21st Century, Joe Kiely
2:00 pm-3:00 pm Effective Utilization of Sound in Tinnitus Management, Merideth Eldridge
2:00 pm-3:00 pm Gabfest: How Do I Bill for CAP Procedures? Craig Johnson
4:00 pm-5:00 pm Persuasive Dispensing, Sandy Bushong
6:30 pm-7:30 pm Cocktail Reception
7:30 pm-Midnight: Banquet