Schedule & Program

February 28 - March 2, 2019
Scottsdale, Arizona

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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: Early 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: Quality Control: Can Smartphone-based Telehealth Measure Up on Patient Outcomes?
Neil A. Wright, AuD, GN Hearing / ReSound

Session 1B: Widex Directional Microphone and Noise Reduction Algorithm Provide Benefits at Realistic Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) Conditions
Francis Kuk, PhD, Widex ORCA-USA

Session 1C: Livio AI: Healthable Hearing Technology with Fall Detection and Alerts
Michelle Hicks, PhD, Starkey Hearing Technologies

Session 1D: The Multifunctional Hearing Instrument
Aart Z. Van Halteren, MS, Sonion Nederland B.V.

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: Oticon RemoteCare
Kelly A. Stahl, AuD, Oticon, Inc.

Session 2B: Benefits of Phonak Marvel: From First Impressions to Lasting Impressions
Lori Rakita, AuD, Phonak LLC

Session 2C: SignalMaster and Other User Development Research Options from Intelligent Hearing Systems
Rafael E. Delgado, PhD, Intelligent Hearing Systems Corp.

Session 2D: Innovation to Optimize Style and Technology
Eric Branda, PhD, Signia Hearing Instruments

9:30 AM – 9:55 AM  Repeat of Sessions

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Industry Research Consortium Special Session: An Industry Perspective on Important Research Trends

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

Robert Burkard, PhD, AAS President
Brent Edwards, PhD, President-Elect and Program Chair

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

Healthy Hearing in the Context of Healthy Aging
Stefan Launer, PhD
Sonova AG, Switzerland

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


2:25 PM – 2:45 PM: Evidence of Conditioning in Preventing Synaptopathy
Christopher Spankovich, PhD, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

2:45 PM – 3:05 PM: Auditory Evoked Potentials in Veterans with Noise Exposure
Naomi Bramhall, PhD, VA RR&D NCRAR, Portland, OR

3:05 PM – 3:25 PM: Cortical Correlates of Hearing Aid Processing in Older Hearing-Impaired Listeners
Christopher Slugocki, PhD, Widex Office of Research in Clinical Amplification (ORCA-US), Lisle, IL

3:25 PM – 3:40 PM: BREAK

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM: Newborn Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening using Auditory Brainstem Responses
Rafael Delgado, PhD, Intelligent Hearing Systems Corp & University of Miami, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Miami, FL

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM: Predicting the Audibility of Speech Using Envelope Following Responses
New Investigator Presentation
Vijayalakshmi Easwar, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM: TT-ECochG-Morphology Analysis by the Nonlinear Approximation of the Gauss Function
Krzysztof Morawski, MD, PhD, Department Of Otolaryngology, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland 


2:25 PM – 2:45 PM: Reproducible and Long-Term Efficacy of a New Treatment for Tinnitus
Hubert Lim, PhD, University of Minnesota, and Neuromod Devices Limited, Minneapolis, MN

2:45 PM – 3:05 PM: Auditory, Metabolic, and Neuropsychological Aspects of Blast-Induced Tinnitus in Humans
Anthony Cacace, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

3:05 PM – 3:25 PM: Sound Therapy App for Tinnitus Suppression in Cochlear Implant Patients
Ann Perreau, PhD, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

3:25 PM – 3:40 PM: BREAK

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM: Wideband Acoustic Immittance Measures for Assessment of Otosclerotic Ears
W. Wiktor Jedrzejczak, PhD, Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing, Warsaw, Poland

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM: Modulation Transfer Function of the Human Efferent System
Srikanta Mishra, PhD, NM State University, Las Cruces, NM

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM: The Offset ABR in the Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus)
Robert Burkard, PhD, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 


2:25 PM – 2:45 PM: Real-time Sound Localization Degradation while Preserving Binaural Speech-in-Noise Benefits
New Investigator Presentation
Sterling Sheffield, PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2:45 PM – 3:05 PM: Relationship Between Self-Reported Spatial Hearing Ability and Hearing Handicap
Hua Ou, MD, PhD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

3:05 PM – 3:25 PM: Size of the Auditory Scene
William A. Yost, PhD, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

3:25 PM – 3:40 PM: BREAK

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM: Measuring Listening-Related Fatigue in Children: Validating the VFS-CHL
Benjamin Hornsby, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM: Objective Measurement of Cognitive Systems During Effortful Listening
David Ryan, PhD, Hearing and Balance Research Program James H. Quillen VAMC, Johnson City, TN

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM: Factors Influencing Reaction Time in Speech-in-Noise Testing
Douglas S. Brungart, PhD, Walter Reed NMMC, Bethesda, MD 

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

The Remarkable Cochlear Implant and its Impact on Childhood Deafness
Laurie S. Eisenberg, PhD
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Opening Reception 


7:30 AM - 2:00 PM: Registration

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Young Investigator Research Presentation

Cochlear DNA Repair: An Endogenous Molecular Defense
O'neil W. Guthrie, MS, PhD, CCC-A 
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Translational Research II 

Towards a New Model of Auditory Cortical Processing
Prof. Sophie K. Scott, PhD
University College London, London, UK

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Poster Session I Presentations  

12:00 PM - 12:10 PM: Poster Session I - Take Down Posters

12:10 PM - 1:20 PM: Awards Luncheon

Membership Update: Robert Burkard, PhD, AAS President
Life Achievement Award: Edwin W Rubel, PhD, Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, Departments of Otolaryngology-HNS and Physiology & Biophysics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Ear and Hearing Editor's Award: Soli, Sigfrid D.; Giguère, Christian; Laroche, Chantal; Vaillancourt, Véronique; Dreschler, Wouter A.; Rhebergen, Koenraad S.; Harkins, Kevin; Ruckstuhl, Mark; Ramulu, Pradeep; Meyers, Lawrence S. (2018) Evidence-Based Occupational Hearing Screening I: Modeling the Effects of Real-World Noise Environments on the Likelihood of Effective Speech Communication. Ear and Hearing. 39(3):436-448

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

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Open Source Audio Processing Tools for Hearing Research

Rafael Delgado
Intelligent Hearing Systems

Harinath Garudadri1, Arthur Boothroyd2, Tamara Zubatiy1, Dhiman Sengupta1
1University of California, San Diego
2San Diego State University

Caslav (Chas) Pavlovic1, Hendrik Kayser2, Paul Maanen3, Tobias Herzke3, Volker Hohmann1,3, Prakash S.R.1, and Reza Kassayan1
1BatAandCat Corporation 
2University of Oldenburg 
3HörTech gGmbH Oldenburg

Odile Clavier1, Chip Audette1, Daniel Rasetshwane2, Steve Neely2, Ryan McCreery2, Marc Brennan3
1Creare LLC
2Boystown National Research Hospital
3University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Nasser Kehtarnavaz, Edward Lobarinas
University of Texas at Dallas

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Student Social Hour

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM: AAS Social Event - This year's event will be held on-site at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort with a live band and dance floor! The social event is open to all attendees. No extra ticket purchase is required. Entertainment will be provided by the Rhythm Edition Band. Hors d'oeuvres and buffet stations will be available along with a cash bar.


7:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Registration

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

First-in-Human Results from the Multichannel Vestibular Implant Early Feasibility Study
Charles Della Santina, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

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


9:15 AM – 9:35 AM: Examining the Roots of CI Users' Difficulties with Vocal Control
Justin Aronoff, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

9:35 AM – 9:55 AM: Spectral Processing and Language Development in NH and CI Children
Susan Nittrouer, PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

9:55 AM – 10:15 AM: Incorporating Electrode Angular Insertion Depth in Electric-Acoustic Stimulation Programming
Margaret Dillon, AuD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC        

10:15 AM – 10:35 AM: Use of Electrocochleography to Determine Electrode Location in the Cochlea
Aniket Saoji, PhD, Mayo Clinic at Rochester, Rochester, MN


10:55 AM – 11:15 AM: Validation of the Speech Quality Instrument for Cochlear Implant Users
Michael Chun, BS, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM: Mitigating the Effect of Noise in Cochlear Implant Simulation
Frederic Apoux, PhD, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

11:35 AM – 11:55 AM: Hearing-aid Output and a Zone of Acceptable Listening
Arthur Boothroyd, PhD, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM: What Does the Envelope Difference Index (EDI) Measure
James M. Kates, Department of Speech Language and Hearing Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO


9:15 AM – 9:35 AM: FreeHear: A New Hearing Test for Children
David Moore, PhD, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

9:35 AM – 9:55 AM: Virtual Reality Assessment of Auditory Performance
G. Christopher Stecker, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

9:55 AM – 10:15 AM: Audiovisual Speech Enhancement in School-Age Hard-of-Hearing Children
Kaylah Lalonde, PhD, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE

10:15 AM – 10:35 AM: Visual Speech Recognition Program (VSRP) Improves Speech Perception in Noise
Arun Raghavan, BS, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH


10:55 AM – 11:15 AM: Multi-site Validation of CEDRA, Consumer-based Screening Questionnaire for Ear Disease
New Investigator Presentation
Niall Klyn, PhD, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM: The Prevalence of Hearing Loss Accessed by Mobile-based app: Countries Related Differences
Marcin Masalski, PhD, Wroclaw Medical University, Faculty of Postgraduate Medical Training, Department and Clinic of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Wroclaw, Poland

11:35 AM – 11:55 AM: Speech in Noise Abilities in Patients with Acoustic Neuromas
Matthew Fitzgerald, PhD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM: Impact of Talker Familiarity and Aging in a Real-world Environment
Julie Cohen, AuD, University of Maryland, College Park, MD


9:15 AM – 9:35 AM: Healthcare Access Among Hearing-Impaired Older Adults: Results Using MEPS Database
Hua Ou, MD, PhD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

9:35 AM – 9:55 AM: Insights from Conducting Research with VA Clinical Databases
Graham Naylor, PhD, University of Nottingham, School of Medicine, Nottingham & Glasgow, UK

9:55 AM – 10:15 AM: Preliminary Hearing-Related Findings from Analyses of Clinical VA Data
Gabrielle Saunders, PhD, VA RR&D NCRAR/Eriksholm Research centre, Snekkersten, Denmark

10:15 AM – 10:35 AM: BEAR - A Large Scale Effort to Improve Clinical Practice
Nikolai Bisgaard,M.Sc EE, GN Hearing, Ballerup, Denmark


10:55 AM – 11:15 AM: Prospective Study of Dietary Intake and Auditory Threshold Decline
Sharon Curhan, MD, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM: Hearing Aid Use Among Hispanic/Latino Adults in the US
New Investigator Presentation
Michelle Arnold, PhD, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, College of Science and Mathematics, Sarasota, FL

11:35 AM – 11:55 AM: Auditory Lifestyle Differences between Urban and Rural Areas
Erik Jorgensen, AuD, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM: Hearing Loss is Associated with Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults
Aishwarya Shukla, BA, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

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: Multisensory Processing

Audiovisual Speech Integration: Time for a Paradigm Shift
Nancy Tye-Murray, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 

Prioritizing Sensory Perception
Daniel W. Wesson, PhD
University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL

Multisensory Integration of Auditory and Balance-Related Cues
Tim Hullar, MD
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

Adventures in Multisensory Science - from Neurons to Clinical Applications
Mark T. Wallace, PhD
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

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