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Day 1: Optimising BPPV diagnostics and treatment

27th September 2022

Presenter: Dr Dan Dupont Hougaard, MD

In this session, we will explore the latest advancements and developments on the topic of BPPV, including how to optimise BPPV assessment protocols and how to augment treatment procedures using the TRV chair.

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Day 2: Rotational chair measures for adults and pediatrics

28th September 2022

Presenters: Dr Chris Zalewski, PhD and Dr Violette Lavender, AuD

This session will investigate the role of the rotational chair with the vestibular diagnostic process, focusing on the fundamentals of testing adults and will also explore the alterations and adjustments required to test the pediatric population in the rotational chair.

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Day 3: Objectifying the functional assessment of the dizzy patient

29th September 2022

Presenter: Dr Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT

This session will be focussed on functional assessments, and how such testing sits within the dizzy patient pathway, with a specific focus on computerized, objective gaze stabilisation testing.

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18th October 2022 16:00 CEST - 17:30 CEST

Which test, when: Exploring optimal vestibular assessment protocol through illustrative case studies

Dr Kamran Barin, PhD

In this eWorkshop, Dr Kamran Barin, Ph.D., will present a series of vestibular assessment cases studies in order to explore how to select and develop the most appropriate assessment protocol and test battery. This is an interactive event where you will be asked to interact and make decisions based on scenarios and examples which are shown to you.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify which vestibular test is the most appropriate first test based on the patient history
  • Determine if any other tests are needed to differentiate among different diagnoses
  • Determine the best management options based on the patient’s test findings.
29th November 2022
Session 1: 10:00 CET – 11:30 CET
Session 2: 16:00 CET – 17:30 CET

Getting started: VNG eWorkshop

Amanda Goodhew, International Clinical Trainer

In this eWorkshop, Amanda Goodhew, International Clinical Trainer, will explore the basics and fundamentals of performing videonystagmography (VNG) testing for vestibular assessments, including how to use VNG goggles, which subtests are found within the VNG test battery and how to make a basic interpretation of the test results. This is an interactive event where you will be asked to interact and make decisions based on scenarios and examples which are shown to you.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe how to position, adjust and calibrate VNG goggles for vestibular testing
  • Describe the sub tests and why they feature in the VNG test battery
  • Explain the basic interpretation of the VNG sub tests

Mr Leigh Martin

Interacoustics Academy Global Manager
Leigh is an Audiologist and Global Manager of the Interacoustics Academy. Clinically, he has worked in the National Health Service and in the private sector in the UK specialising in both pediatric audiology and adult diagnostics and rehabilitation. Leigh has also sat on the board of directors for the British Academy of Audiology. For the last four years Leigh has been working in the Interacoustics Academy firstly as an International Clinical Trainer, then as Head of Clinical Training Asia and now as the Manager of the Academy. Leigh has presented at over 20 scientific conferences and meetings across a diverse range of audiological topics as well as having published papers in both video head impulse testing (vHIT) and wideband tympanometry.

Mr Darren Whelan

International Clinical Trainer
Darren holds an undergraduate degree in Audiology and a master’s degree in Health Science, Neurophysiology and Clinical Research. His resume counts several senior clinical positions in the NHS. Prior to his current occupation, Darren held a clinical and research scientist role, where he investigated patients with auditory and vestibular pathology, and managed a portfolio of research studies.

Amanda Goodhew

International Clinical Trainer
Amanda holds a Master's degree in Audiology from the University of Southampton. She has extensive experience holding senior audiologist positions in numerous NHS hospitals and clinics, where her primary focus has been pediatric audiology. Her specific areas of interest are electrophysiology, neonatal diagnostics and amplification, and the assessment and rehabilitation of patients with complex needs.

Dr Michael Maslin

Ph.D. International Clinical Trainer
After working for several years as an audiologist in the UK, Michael completed his Ph.D. in 2010 at The University of Manchester. The topic was plasticity of the human binaural auditory system. He then completed a 3-year post-doctoral research program that built directly on the underpinning work carried out during his Ph.D. Since 2015, Michael has worked for the Interacoustics Academy, a group of audiologists based in Denmark who offer training and education in audiological and vestibular diagnostics worldwide and offer a link between clinical or research institutes and their industry partners. In 2017, Michael and his family relocated to New Zealand where he continues in the same role with the Interacoustics Academy and Diatec NZ. He is pursuing his research interests at the University of Auckland with financial support from the Eisdell Moore Centre.

Mr. Jack Bennett

International Clinical Trainer
Jack is an Audiologist from the UK and has worked in the NHS and privately in senior, managerial and clinical training roles. He holds an undergraduate degree in Audiology from Aston University where he is now a Visiting Teaching Fellow focusing on clinical topics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Dr Gabrielle Merchant

Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A
Gabrielle R. Merchant, AuD., PhD., CCC-A, is an audiologist and hearing scientist and the Director of the Translational Auditory Physiology and Perception Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital. She earned her BA from Smith College (2009), her PhD from the Harvard-MIT Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Program (2014), and her AuD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2018). Her translational hearing research focuses on auditory mechanics, auditory perception, and advancing evidence-based practice through improved clinical diagnostic tools. Her laboratory has a particular focus on pediatrics, conductive hearing loss, and wideband acoustic immittance. She has been utilizing wideband acoustic immittance and wideband tympanometry in her research since her early undergraduate work with Dr. Susan Voss (2007). She is passionate about research and efforts that will support the translation of these measurements to clinical practice.

Dr. Peter Bray

Ph.D., Interacoustics OAE Specialist
After obtaining a Medical Physics degree, Peter Bray worked for 5 years as a researcher in David Kemp's team at University College London. This led to a PhD in Biophysics and the design of the ILO88 TEOAE instrument. The following 25 years were spent providing R&D services at Otodynamics designing TEOAE and DPOAE instrumentation. Then, in 2014, Peter joined Interacoustics as an OAE specialist and data scientist working on the full range of OAE topics in addition to ASSR screening technology.

Professor John A. Ferraro

John A. Ferraro, Ph.D., FASHA, FAAA, is a professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech at The University of Kansas (KU). Prior to his arrival at KU, Ferraro held positions of assistant and associate professor at The Ohio State University's Speech and Hearing Science Section (1974-1981) and as clinical neurophysiologist at Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, Colo. (1981-1984). Ferraro's research interests are in the areas of auditory electrophysiology with special emphasis on the clinical applications of auditory- and vestibular-evoked potentials. He has pioneered techniques for using these potentials in the diagnosis, assessment and management of otological/neuro-otological disorders. With an additional focus specifically on the anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vestibular systems, Ferraro has worked to develop and refine non-invasive electrocochleographic approaches to help diagnose and monitor Meniere's disease/endolymphatic hydrops.

Dr. Martin Walger

Martin Walger is Professor of Audiology and Head of the Department of Audiology and Paediatric Audiology at the ENT University Clinic as well as the audiological head of the Cochlear Implant Center (CIK) of Cologne, Germany. Educated in the field of biology and audiology he earned his PhD investigating effects of noise on the central auditory pathway. His scientific research concentrated on the maturation and plasticity of the auditory system under the influence of hearing loss. He is past-president of the German Society of Audiology (DGA) and Council member of International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group (IERASG)

Dr. João Lemos

M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. João Lemos, Neurologist and Neuro-Ophthalmologist, has worked in the field of oculomotor testing in neurological patients for 15 years, both as a clinician and researcher. He is based at Coimbra University Hospital Centre, Coimbra, Portugal. Dr. Lemos is the Director of the Neurology of Vision and Balance Unit in the hospital’s Neurology Department, which sees around 1500 neuro-ophthalmological and neuro-otological patients annually.

Dr. Kamran Barin

Dr Barin established OSU’s Balance Disorders Clinic and was its director until his retirement in June 2011. He is a Doctor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, having graduated from OSU. He has published over 80 articles and book chapters and has taught national and international courses and seminars in different areas of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation.

Dr. Michelle Petrak

Dr. Michelle Petrak is the Director of Clinical Audiology for Interacoustics and is a licensed, practicing audiologist in the Chicago area. Dr. Petrak received her Doctorates in Electrophysiology and Biomolecular Electronics from Wayne State University in 1994 and her Masters in Audiology in 1989. Her special areas of expertise include vestibular and balance testing (VNG), electrophysiological techniques (ABR/ASSR/VEMP/ECoG) and pediatric audiology. Dr. Petrak is involved with product development, clinical evaluation testing, publishing, teaching and training on VNG and EP topics. In addition to being employed with Interacoustics, she is also a licensed and practicing audiologist at Northwest Speech and Hearing in Arlington Heights, IL. She continues to lecture extensively, nationally and internationally, and to publish articles in hearing industry journals.
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