George S. Osborne College of Audiology

Elkins Park 2014 Workshops

Workshop II: July 16 - 19, 2014
An Advanced Update on Hearing Aid Technology and Clinical Best Practices in 2014

(2.4 CEUs and 1.18 Tier 1 CEUs)

Distinguished Faculty

Jason Galster, PhD | George Lindley, PhD | Sherman Lord, AuD | Martin Pienkowski, PhD

Learning Objectives

Participants will be taught to:

  • Describe how damage to the peripheral auditory system is a consideration in the prescription of hearing aids
  • Describe how damage to the central auditory system is a consideration in the prescription of hearing aids
  • List common hardware components found in modern hearing aids
  • Complete acoustic measurements in the hearing aid test box
  • Detail the behavior of several technologies that facilitate restoration of audibility
  • Detail the behavior of several technologies that mitigate negative effects of noise
  • Identify a selection of outcome measures that document the benefits of hearing aids
  • Describe wireless technologies available in modern hearing aids
  • Identify patient-specific factors that can be used in selecting which hearing instruments are most appropriate for a given patient
  • Relate data obtained from objective and subjective pre-fitting measures to specific hearing aid features and options.
  • List three ways in which speech mapping data can be used in the fitting process
  • Identify scenarios when matching a target is not critical
  • Use aided SII to quantify whether sufficient audibility is being provided
  • Describe the limitations of speech mapping data alone in predicting patient benefit or satisfaction

Planned Course of Study

Day 1: The Damaged Auditory System and Implications for Amplification
  • 8:30-10:00       The Damaged Auditory System-Peripheral: Martin Pienkowski, PhD
  • 10:20-12:20     The Damaged Auditory System-Central: Martin Pienkowski, PhD
  • 1:30-2:30         Hearing Aid Pieces and Parts: Jason Galster, PhD
  • 3:00-4:30         Hands on: Fundamentals of Modern Hearing Aid Acoustics: Jason Galster, PhD  
Day 2: Acoustic Signal Processing | All courses taught by Jason Galster, PhD
  • 8:30-10:00       Technologies that facilitate audibility, part 1
  • 10:30-12:00     Technologies that facilitate audibility, part 2
  • 1:30-3:00         Technologies that manage noise
  • 3:15-4:30         Hands-on: Verification of Hearing Aid Signal Processing Features
Day 3: Selection and Verification
  • 8:30-10:00       Pre-fitting Measures:  George Lindley, PhD, AuD
  • 10:20-12:20     I’ve Got My Speech Mapping Measures, Now What?: George Lindley, PhD, AuD
  • 1:30-4:30         Hands on with Pre-fitting Measures and Verification: George Lindley, PhD, AuD / Rebecca Blaha, AuD / Sherman Lord, AuD
Day 4: Outcome Measures / Wireless Connectivity
  • 8:30-10:00       Outcome Measures:   Jason Galster, PhD / George Lindley, PhD, AuD/Rebecca Blaha, AuD  
  • 10:00-12:00     Technologies for Wireless Connectivity:  Jason Galster, PhD
  • 1:30-4:30         Hands-on with Wireless Technologies:  George Lindley, PhD, AuD / Rebecca Blaha, AuD