San Antonio, Tex — AudiologyOnline is offering an online conference regarding the latest topics in cochlear implant selection, programming, and management, October 24 – 28, 2011. The conference is designed with one live seminar occurring each day of the week.

Each day’s program will run from noon to 1 pm, Eastern time. Up to .5 continuing education units (CEUs) from AAA, ASHA, IHS, CAA, CASLPA, and other professional associations are offered for AudiologyOnline CEU Total Access members.

Rene H. Gifford, PhD, assistant professor at Vanderbilt University and Director of the Cochlear Implant Program and Pediatric Audiology at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, organized the conference as AudiologyOnline’s guest editor, inviting leading experts to cover the latest topics in cochlear implant research and its clinical application.

The conference kicks off on Monday, October 24, with a presentation by Ruth Litovsky, PhD, on bilateral cochlear implantation in children and adults, covering the benefits and potential factors that could contribute to the variability in performance of bilateral cochlear implants.

Tuesday’s session features Derek Houston, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine, who will discuss evidence of the effects of early cochlear implantation on speech perception and word learning skills.

Anu Sharma, PhD, of the University of Colorado at Boulder will present on maturation and development of the central auditory pathways in children using cochlear implants on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Tony Spahr, PhD, associate research professor at Arizona State University, will present a seminar entitled Bimodal Hearing: A Data-Driven Model for Implant Ear Selection. He will discuss amplifying the non-implanted ear in cochlear implant users, and the relationship between a measure of hearing acuity, spectral resolution, and benefit.

The online conference will conclude on Friday with a presentation by Mario Svirsky, PhD, on cochlear implant programming, specifically, how postlingually deafened cochlear implant users adapt to standard frequency allocation tables. The variables surrounding this adaptation and possible methods to select alternative frequency allocation tables to deliver best outcomes will be presented.

Registration for the AudiologyOnline Cochlear Implants Virtual Conference is limited to the first 200 participants per seminar, and all courses will be recorded for 24/7 archived viewing.

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SOURCE: AudiologyOnline