The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) AuDACITY convention will be held on October 25-27 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Ore, highlighting the many growth areas in audiology today—as well as those on the near horizon.

Widely known to audiologists for its practical learning sessions and excellent networking opportunities, this year’s AuDACITY convention provides both in-person and satellite courses on diverse topics including new ways to grow your business, integrate implantable hearing solutions into your practice, prevent computer breaches, optimize practice cash flow, with updates on cognitive research and screening, vestibular diagnostics and treatment, and more. Satellite courses are offered on both Sunday and Monday (Oct 24-25), and special multi-part tracks for students and audiology assistants are offered on Monday, as well as a cerumen management course.

ADA President Victor Bray, PhD, at AuDacity 2018 in Orlando.

Keynote speakers this year include Kevin Franck, PhD, who will cap Monday’s learning sessions with a presentation about the opportunities audiology has to unleash itself and enable more people to hear better. On Tuesday morning, Victor Bray, PhD, will welcome attendees and present his President’s address, followed by Claudia Gordon of T-Mobile’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team who will highlight noteworthy developments across the disability community.  The ADA Lunch and Member Meeting takes place on Wednesday at noon.

Over 55 companies are showcasing their latest products and services in the AuDacity Marketplace. The Marketplace exhibit hall will host an opening reception from 5:30-7PM on Monday evening, and then be open on Tuesday for session breaks and lunch, with the final reception taking place from 4:30-6:00PM in the evening.

The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront hotel is directly on the waterfront about 9 miles from the airport, surrounded by more than 60 breweries, with nearby access to the Lan Su Chinese Garden, the Oregon Zoo, and Powell’s Books, one of the country’s best-known independent bookstores.

For more details and registration for AuDacity 2021, visit:

ADA 2021 Convention Schedule At-a-Glance

Here is an abbreviated look at the events and presentations offered at the AuDACITY convention. Schedule changes often occur, so prior to finalizing any of your plans, please consult the official agenda at:

Important note: On both Sunday and Monday (Oct 24-25), there are Satellite Courses offered, and on Monday a special Audiology Assistants Track and Student Session (please consult the ADA website for agenda of these tracks) is offered.


8:00 AM-5:00 PM: Satellite Course: Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program© Course

9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Satellite Course: Become a Cognitive Hearing Healthcare Specialist by becoming certified in COGNIHEAR


8:00 AM-2:50 PM (4 separate Parts)

Cerumen Management Course, Parts 1-4, by Rita Chaiken, AuD & Jiovanne Hughart, AuD

Student Sessions, Parts 1-4

8:00 AM-4:20 PM (6 separate courses): Audiology Assistant Track

8:00 AM-3:00 PM: Satellite Course: Amplify The Impact™ of Your Patient Engagement – Learn Personal Styles & Integrate Motivational Interviewing, by David Citron, III, PhD, Robert Traynor, EdD, Victor Bray, PhD, Bruce Essman, BS

8:00 AM-5:00 PM: Satellite Course: Pricing Goods and Services in a New Marketplace, by Kim Cavitt

8:30 AM-12:30 PM: Satellite Course: Become a Cognitive Hearing Healthcare Specialist by becoming certified in COGNIHEAR, by Laurel Gregory

11:10-11:40 AM: Lunch

1:20-2:50 PM: Are you “Frozen” in Time? by Nancy Gilliom, PhD & Chandra Manning

1:20-2:50 PM: 7 Ways to Grow Your Practice, by Amit Gosalia, AuD

3:00-3:45 PM:

• Tips and Tricks for Submitting Claims to Optimize Your Cash Flow, by Deb Abel, AuD

• Frozen in Time, Part 2

• Employee Retention: Creating a Culture of Engagement, by Ernest Paolini

• The Keys to Successful Integration of Implantable Hearing Solutions in a Private Practice, Part 1, by Catherine Richardson, MA & Ginger Grant, AuD

3:50-4:25 PM:

• Cash Flow Management, by KC Grzelka

• TikTok for Professionals, by Crystal Bleu Dvorak, AuD

• Becoming the Employee of Choice, by Ernest Paolini

• Keys to Successful Integration of Implantable Hearing Solutions in a Private Practice, Part 2

4:45-5:45 PM: Audiology Unleashed, by Kevin Franck, PhD, MBA

06:00-07:30 PM: Opening Event in Exhibit Hall


7:00-8:00 AM: Advocacy Breakfast Symposium, by Tom Tedeschi, AuD

8:00-8:30 AM: Welcome & President’s Address, by Victor Bray, PhD

8:30-9:30 AM: Keynote Address: Mindset Matters: Embracing Disability Pride & Intersectionality in Service Delivery, by Claudia Gordon, Esq

9:30-10:00 AM: Break in Exhibit Hall

10:00-11:30 AM: Part 1: The New Battleground to Growth and Impact (and it’s not your clinic), by Erik Sorenson; Part 2: Go Beyond: The New Frontier for Growth and Impact in Audiology, by Archelle Georgiou, MD

11:30 AM-12:45 PM: Lunch in Exhibit Hall

12:45-2:00 PM: Panel Session: Patient Access to Hearing Healthcare

2:00-2:30 PM: Break in Exhibit Hall

2:30 – 3:45 PM: Helping Your Patients Overcome Uncertainty Throughout Their Hearing Care Journey, by Randy Baldwin, Jonathan Sanchez, Dan Quall, MS

4:00-5:30 PM: Panel Session: Understanding the Relationship Between Cognitive Decline and Hearing Loss

5:30-7:00 PM: Final Reception in Exhibit Hall


7:00-8:30 AM: Student Business Plan Competition

8:45-10:15 AM:

• Differential Diagnosis for the Dispensing Doctor, by Alexandra Tarvin, AuD, & Alicia D. D. Spoor, AuD

• Achieving Growth by Taking Massive ACTion, by Amit Gosalia, AuD, & Natalie Phillips, AuD

• Tinnitus Healing from Home: Measuring the Efficacy of an 8-Week Online Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction Course During the 2020 Covid Pandemic, by Jennifer Gans, PsyD

• Rural Healthcare Matters–Helping More, Doing it Right, by Liz Rogers, AuD

• Audiological-Medical Management of Patients with a Chronic Health Issue: Sensorineural Hearing Loss? by Dan Quall, MA, Ram Nileshwar, AuD

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM:

• Documentation for Doctors: A Workshop on Documentation in an AuD Practice, by Kim Cavitt, AuD

• The Breaches are Coming: What to Do Before and After a Breach, by Josiah Dykstra, PhD

• What Do I Do With My Tinnitus Patient?, by John Coverstone, AuD, Emily McMahan, AuD

• Creating an Effective Physician Evidence-Based Practice: Music Training for Better Hearing, by Jill Davis, AuD

• Defining a New Category of Hearing Aids: Learning Hearing Aids and the Software-based Approach, by Jim Kothe, Mike Lowery, Ram Nileshwar, AuD

12:00-1:30PM: Lunch & Member Meeting

1:30-3:00 PM:

• Audiology Opportunities: A Workshop on Practicing to the Top of our License, Part 1, by Kim Cavitt, AuD

• The Management and Resolution of Ethics Issues, by Michael Page, AuD

• Understanding and Using Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMP) in Audiology Practice, by Richard Gans, PhD, & Joseph Sakumura, AuD

• How Hearing Aids Enhance Human Performance: The Health-related Outcomes Associated with Early Interventions of Hybrid Devices, by Brian Taylor, AuD

3:10-4:40 PM:

• Audiology Opportunities, Part 2

• 3rd-Party Programs: When to Join Them and When to Beat Them! by Dan Quall, MA

• Audiology and Autism: Providing Sensory Support, by Vanessa Rentschler, AuD

• Audibility is Important, but More is Needed, by Ron Leavitt, AuD; Carol Flexer, PhD; Colette Welch, AuD, & Nikki Clark.

Prior to finalizing plans, please consult the official agenda at: Registration details for the conference can be found at: