Schedule & Program

February 28 - March 2, 2019
Scottsdale, Arizona


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: Session TBD

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: TBA

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: Student Social Hour

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  

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 Toots 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