Schedule & Program

March 5 - 7, 2020
Scottsdale, Arizona

Conference Downloads: Podium Presentations | Poster Presentations | Final Program


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Ear & Hearing Editorial Board Meeting

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: AAS Executive Board Meeting

1:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Registration 


7:30 AM - 5:00 PM: Registration 

8:00 AM - 9:55 AM: TECHNOLOGY UPDATES (Industry Sponsored Sessions)

8:00 AM - 8:55 AM  Technology Updates, Session 1

8:00 AM - 8:25 AM  First Round

Session 1A: The Evolution of ReSound Connectivity: Past, Present and Future
Jill Mecklenburger, AuD, ReSound

Session 1B: The Quick 6-Minute RRT that Evaluates Speech-in-Noise and Working Memory
Francis Kuk, PhD, Widex ORCA-USA

Session 1C: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Healthable Hearing Technology
Michelle L. Hicks, PhD, Starkey Hearing Technologies

Session 1D: Practical Design Considerations for a New Receiver Modeling System
Daniel M. Warren, PhD, Bellsing

Session 1E: A System for Real-Time Monitoring of Electrocochleography During Cochlear Implant Insertion
Jason Galster, PhD, Advanced Bionics 

8:30 AM - 8:55 AM  Repeat of Sessions

9:00 AM – 9:55 AM  Technology Updates, Session 2

9:00 AM – 9:25 AM  First Round 

Session 2A: The Future of Connected Hearing Healthcare
Annette Mazevski, PhD, Oticon, Inc.

Session 2B: Phonak Virto: Nothing to Hide
Christine Jones, AuD, Sonova

Session 2C: Long Latency Auditory Steady State Response (LLASSR)
Rafael E. Delgado, PhD, Intelligent Hearing Systems Corp.

Session 2D: Acoustic-Motion Sensors to Analyze and Identify Listening Environments
Eric Branda, PhD, Signia Hearing Instruments

Session 2E: Lively: Improving Accessibility and Affordability of Hearing Healthcare
Harvey B. Abrams, PhD, Lively Hearing Corporation  

9:30 AM – 9:55 AM  Repeat of Sessions

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Industry Research Consortium Special Session  (Moderator: Peter Derleth, PhD)

On the Interplay of Hearing Aid Use, Audiovisual Integration, and Speech Comprehension
Hans Colonius, PhD, University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany

Individual Hearing Aid Benefit in Real Life
Inga Holube, Institute of Hearing Technology and Audiology, Jade University of Applied Sciences, Oldenburg, Germany

Neurocognitive Plasticity in Age-Related Hearing Loss: Effects of Amplification Use
Anu Sharma, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM: Lunch

12:50 PM - 1:00 PM: Poster Session I Setup - Put Up Posters

1:00 PM - 1:10 PM:
Opening Comments

Brent Edwards, PhD, AAS President
Sumit Dhar, PhD, President-Elect and Program Chair

1:10 PM - 2:10 PM: Translational Research I 

Navigating in the Desert: Understanding the Challenges of a Child with Hearing and Vestibular Loss Living in the 3-Dimensional World
Sharon L. Cushing, MD, MSc. FRCSC
Pediatric Otolaryngologist
Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

2:25 PM - 4:40 PM: Concurrent Podium Presentations

PODIUM SESSION I: Cochlear Affairs  (Moderator: Christopher Shera, PhD)

2:25 PM – 2:45 PM, Functional Regeneration Without Hair Cell Regeneration in the Mammalian Cochlea
O’neil Guthrie, PhD, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

2:45 PM – 3:05 PM, A Joint-OAE Diagnostic Profile Applied to Mildly Hearing-Impaired Ears
Carolina Abdala, PhD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

3:05 PM – 3:25 PM, Reliability of Contralateral Suppression of Otoacoustic Emissions in Children
W. Wiktor Jedrzejczak, PhD, Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing, Warsaw, Poland

3:25 PM – 3:40 PM, BREAK

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM, Medial Olivocochlear Efferents and Development of Auditory Perception in Noise
Srikanta Mishra, PhD, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM, Development of a Test Battery for Cochlear Synaptopathy
Carole E. Johnson, AuD, PhD, HERO Laboratory, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Edmond, OK

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM, Noise-Induced Cochlear Synaptopathy Is Shaped By Hair Cell Injury
Sharon G. Kujawa, PhD, Mass Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

PODIUM SESSION II: Brain and Hearing  (Moderator: Benjamin W.Y. Hornsby, PhD)

2:25 PM – 2:45 PM, The Size of Long Auditory Scenes
William A. Yost, PhD, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2:45 PM – 3:05 PM, Brain-behavior Measures in Reverberant Speech Perception
New Investigator Presentation
Ramesh Kumar Muralimanohar, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University, VA RR&D NCRAR, Portland, OR

3:05 PM – 3:25 PM, Contributions of Envelope and Temporal Fine Structure Cues to Sentence Recognition in Noise for English and Mandarin Chinese
Li Xu, MD, PhD, Ohio University, Athens, OH

3:25 PM – 3:40 PM, BREAK

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM, Listening Effort: A Marker for Hidden Hearing Loss
New Investigator Presentation
Aryn M. Kamerer, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM, Benefit of Musical Training for Speech Perception Later in Life
Natascha Merten, PhD, Department of Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM, Hearing Aids and Cognitive Function in Older Adults: Initial Results
Christine Jones, AuD, Phonak, Warrenville, IL

PODIUM SESSION III: Hearing Aids and Speech Understanding  (Moderator: Francis Kuk, PhD)

2:25 PM – 2:45 PM, The UCSD Hearing-Aid-Research Platform: Usability Assessment for Field Studies
Arthur Boothroyd, PhD, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

2:45 PM – 3:05 PM, Trends in EuroTrak Survey Results from 2009 to 2018
Nikolai Bisgaard, MS, GN Hearing, Ballerup, Denmark

3:05 PM – 3:25 PM, Customizing Individual Frequency Importance Weighting Measures
Adam K. Bosen, PhD, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE

3:25 PM – 3:40 PM, BREAK

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM, Real-World Experience Implementing Compression Ratios from 3:1 up to 10:1
Drew Dundas, PhD, Earlens Corporation, Menlo Park, CA

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM, Evaluation of Hearing Aid Spatial Features: Effects on Interaural Cues
New Investigator Presentation
Anna C. Diedesch, AuD, PhD, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM, Longitudinal Study of Tinnitus and Change in Audiometric Hearing Thresholds
Sharon G. Curhan, MD, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM: Carhart Memorial Lecture 

Aging and "Auditory Wellness"
Larry E. Humes, PhD
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Opening Reception 


7:30 AM - 2:00 PM: Registration

8:00 AM - 9:45 AM: Memories, Mustaches, and Marvel

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Celebrating Bob Dobie

Speakers: Brenda Ryals, PhD and Brenda Lonsbury-Martin, PhD

8:30 AM - 9:10 AM: Inaugural Killion Lecture (Translational Research II)

The Problem of Understanding Speech in Noise: Measurement, Prevention and Mitigation
Mead Killion, PhD

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM: Young Investigator Research Presentation

Simplifying Audio Interfaces For Non-Technical Users
Andrew Sabin, PhD
Bose Corporation, Chicago, IL, USA

9:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Poster Session I Presentations  

12:15 PM - 12:20 PM: Poster Session I - Take Down Posters

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM: Awards Luncheon

Membership Update: Brent Edwards, PhD, AAS President
Life Achievement Award: Michael Dorman, PhD, Arizona State University
Ear and Hearing Editor's Award: Efficacy and Effectiveness of Advanced Hearing Aid Directional and Noise Reduction Technologies for Older Adults With Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss. Wu, Yu-Hsiang; Stangl, Elizabeth; Chipara, Octav; Hasan, Syed Shabih; DeVries, Sean; Oleson, Jacob

1:20 PM - 1:30 PM: Poster Session II Setup - Put Up Posters

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Poster Session II Presentations

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: NIDCD Research Presentation 

NIDCD Funding Opportunities for Students and Young Investigators
Dr. Alberto Rivera-Rentas

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Happy Hour: Mentoring - Students and Postdocs of AAS (spAAS)

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM: AAS Social Event


7:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Registration

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Translational Research III  

Understanding and Managing Listening-Related Fatigue
Benjamin W.Y. Hornsby, PhD
Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, USA

9:15 AM - 12:15 PM: Concurrent Podium Presentations

PODIUM SESSION IV: Implants and Pediatrics  (Moderator: Rene H. Gifford, PhD)

9:15 AM – 9:35 AM, Binaural Cue Sensitivity for Cochlear Implant Recipients with Hearing Preservation
Rene H. Gifford, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

9:35 AM – 9:55 AM, The Utility of Low Frequency Hearing: Implications for Electroacoustic Stimulation
David R. Friedmann, MD, NYU Dept of Otolaryngology, New York, NY

9:55 AM – 10:15 AM, Temporal Pitch Explanation Limits for Cochlear Implant Users' Pitch Perception
Justin M. Aronoff, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

10:15 AM – 10:35 AM, Self-esteem in the Adult Cochlear Implant Users
W. Wiktor Jedrzejczak, PhD, Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing, Warsaw, Poland


10:55 AM – 11:15 AM, Does Auditory Processing Predict Comprehension in Children with Language Disorders?
Beula Magimairaj, PhD, Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Emma Eccles Jones Early Childhood Education and Research Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM, Auditory and Demographic Factors Affecting Word Learning in Children (and Adults)
Andrea Pittman, PhD, Arizona State University, Chandler, AZ

11:35 AM – 11:55 AM, Remote-Microphone Benefit in Noise and Reverberation for Children with Hearing Loss
Dawna E. Lewis, PhD, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM, Family Functioning Differentially Influences Language in DHH and NH Children
Rachael Frush Holt, PhD, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

PODIUM SESSION V: Trauma, Tinnitus, etc.  (Moderator: Vinaya Manchaiah, AuD, PhD)

9:15 AM – 9:35 AM, Effectiveness of Three Telephone Hearing Screening Protocols in Primary Care
Sherri L. Smith, AuD, PhD, Duke University, Durham, NC

9:35 AM – 9:55 AM, Blast Exposure and Self-Reported Hearing Difficulty: Mediating Role of PTSD
Kelly M. Reavis, MS, VA RR&D, National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland, OR

9:55 AM – 10:15 AM, Impact of Noise on Manganese Uptake Following Otolith Stimulation
Avril Genene Holt, PhD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

10:15 AM – 10:35 AM, Sound-Evoked Cortical Activity Suggests Incomplete Adaptation to Hearing Loss in Tinnitus
Pim Van Dijk, PhD, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery, Groningen, Netherlands


10:55 AM – 11:15 AM, Combined Sound and Trigeminal Nerve (Tongue) Stimulation to Treat Tinnitus
Hubert Lim, PhD, University of Minnesota, and Neuromod Devices Limited, Minneapolis, MN

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM, Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ICBT) for Tinnitus in the U.S.
Vinaya Manchaiah, AuD, PhD, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

11:35 AM – 11:55 AM, Text-mining for Cohort Ascertainment and Analysis of Patients with EVA
E. Bryan Crenshaw, PhD, Division of Otolaryngology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM, A Community Health Worker (CHW)-Led Initiative to Support Children with SNHL
Luz Adriana Matiz, MD, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY

PODIUM SESSION VI: Population Hearing Health  (Moderator: Kelly Tremblay, PhD)

9:15 AM – 9:35 AM, Associations Between Dementia and Hearing-aid Use in 100,000 Hearing-aid Users
Graham Naylor, PhD, Hearing Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, Glasgow, United Kingdom

9:35 AM – 9:55 AM, Assessing Hearing Loss-Specific Health Literacy May Improve Access to Healthcare
Hua Ou, MD, PhD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

9:55 AM – 10:15 AM, Patient Education Materials for Age-Related Hearing Loss: Issues and Solutions
Hua Ou, MD, PhD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

10:15 AM – 10:35 AM, Affordability of Hearing Aids for Hearing Help-Seekers with Low Incomes
Carole E. Johnson, AuD, PhD, HERO Lab, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK


10:55 AM – 11:15 AM, RCT and Longitudinal Study of Entry-Level Amplification for Low-Income Adults
Carole E. Johnson, AuD, PhD, HERO Lab; University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Edmond, OK

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM, Hearing Loss, Cognition & Disparities in Care: Findings from ARIC-NCS
New Investigator Presentation
Carrie Lynn Nieman, MD, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

11:35 AM – 11:55 AM, Population-based Study of Hearing Impairment, Cognitive Performance and Beta-amyloid Deposition
Jennifer A. Deal, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM, Influence of Age and Hearing Loss on Speech Understanding
Matthew Fitzgerald, PhD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM: Poster Session II - Take Down Posters

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Special Session - Cells to Signals: Electrophysiological Interrogation of the Auditory System

Cochlear Frequency Tuning and Otoacoustic Emissions
Christopher Shera, PhD
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Identifying the Spatial and Cellular Origins of Objective Measures of the Ear
Jeffery T. Lichtenhan, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

Screening with Auditory Steady-State Responses: Translational Research and Technology Development
Maria Perez-Abalo, MD, PhD
Albizu University, Miami Campus, FL, USA

Effects of Sensorineural Hearing Loss on Cortical Synchronization to Competing Speech During Selective Attention
Torsten Dau, PhD
Co-authors: Søren A. Fuglsang, Jonatan Märcher-Rørsted and Jens Hjortkjær
Hearing Systems Section, Dept. of Health Technology, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM: Summary and Adjournment