Earn CPD/CEU points with the Interacoustics Academy

The Interacoustics Academy is working with the world’s leading professional bodies such as the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) and Audiology Australia (AA) to accredit our courses so that you can earn CPD/CEU points.

Below is the selection of courses which we currently have on offer. Please click on the course to find out details on how you can earn points

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How technology can set your site apart | Balance case study journey from referral to treatment

Presented by:
Michael Hoeper, MPT.
Dr Michelle Petrak, Ph.D.

This course will explore the benefits of a multi-disciplinary balance patient journey, starting with the role of the Audiologist with testing and diagnosis through to the involvement of the physical therapist in assessment and treatment. This course will demonstrate how technology will benefit the clinician and patient through both assessment and treatment.

Learning objectives:

  • Be able to describe test protocols for vestibular assessment and how to report the findings to vestibular therapist.
  • Understand why computerized VOR assessments provide greater assessment and treatment potential than the standard bedside test.
  • Learn how Computerized Dynamic Posturography assessment and treatment can be vital to the treatment for difficult patients population such as central vestibular disorders.

Caloric Test for Beginners

Presented by:
Leigh Martin, Global Manager, Interacoustics Academy.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the caloric test, and will explore how to perform the caloric test, and interpret the results.

Learning objectives:

  • Provide an understanding of the anatomy involved in caloric measures.
  • Provide an understanding of how to perform caloric measures.
  • Provide the learner with an understanding of the caloric calculations.
  • To identify when a caloric test is normal or abnormal.

Wideband Tympanometry for Intermediates

Presented by:
Jim Schilling, Clinical Trainer.
Dr Lisa Hunter, Ph.D.
Dr Sree Aithal, Ph.D.

This course explores the topic of wideband tympanometry, its clinical utility, research and case studies. It is set at an intermediate level.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of wideband tympanometry for a range of clinical scenarios
  • Be able to summarise the key research findings in the field of wideband tympanometry
  • Explore, through case study examples, how wideband tympanometry is implemented in clinical practice

RECD for Beginners

Presented by:
Leigh Martin, Global Manager, Interacoustics Academy.
Dennis Mistry, Clinical Product Manager, Hearing Aid Fitting.

This course will cover why it is important to perform RECDs and their role in fitting hearing aids to children.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand why it is important to perform Real Ear to Coupler Difference (RECD) measurements
  • Develop a theoretical understanding of RECD measurements
  • Understand how to perform and interpret an RECD measurement

REM for Beginners

Presented by:
Amanda Goodhew, International Clinical Trainer.
Leigh Martin, Global Manager, Interacoustics Academy.

This course will explore why REM should be performed as part of the hearing aid fitting process, and will also explain how these measurements are performed.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand why Real Ear Measurements are an important part of the hearing aid fitting process
  • Learn how to perform Real Ear Measurements, using an interactive scenario to practise your skills
  • Understand the benefits and advantages of incorporating Real Ear Measurements into the hearing aid fitting and counselling process

CE-Chirp® Course

Presented by:
Jim Schilling, Clinical Trainer.

This course provides an introduction to the CE-Chirp® stimulus family, which is found in the Interacoustics Eclipse and Titan platforms.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how the cochlear time delay and basilar membrane travelling wave affect neural synchrony
  • Understand how the CE-Chirp® overcomes the cochlear time delay in order to deliver synchronised neural firing
  • Explore how the CE-Chirp® family of stimuli has evolved over time to include level and frequency specific stimuli

Getting started: Visible Speech Mapping

Presented by:
Jack Bennett, International Clinical Trainer.

In this course, Jack Bennett, International Clinical Trainer, will demonstrate how to get started with using visible speech mapping for hearing aid fitting, verification and counselling.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to use visible speech mapping in verifying and fitting hearing instruments
  • Learn the role of visible speech mapping in counselling
  • Learn how to make the most of additional tools available within visible speech mapping

Advances in pediatric vestibular assessment

Presented by:
Dr. Sharon Cushing, Ph.D.
Dr. Violette Lavender, Ph.D.

In this course, taken from our 4 day Trends in Balance event, Dr. Sharon Cushing and Dr. Violette Lavender present on the exciting topic of vestibular and balance testing in the pediatric population.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the prevalence of vestibular dysfunction in children with sensorineural hearing loss and its relationship to etiology
  • Observe the impact vestibular dysfunction has on balance, development and outcomes in children receiving rehabilitation for their hearing loss
  • Consider potential therapeutic mechanisms for the treatments of vestibular and balance dysfunction in children with hearing loss

Advances in vestibular rehabilitation

Presented by:
Dr. Kamran Barin, Ph.D.
Dr. Susan Whitney, Ph.D.

In this course, taken from our 4 day Trends in Balance event, we welcome Dr. Susan Whitney and Dr. Kamran Barin to explore the exciting and evolving world of vestibular rehabilitation.

Learning objectives:

  • Be able to begin to identify a person's prognosis in persons with vestibular hypofunction based on their presenting signs and symptoms
  • Be able to identify key questions to ask a person in their history that will help to guide treatment
  • Understand the difference between VOR adaptation and habituation in the rehabilitation of persons with vestibular hypofunction

Advances in VNG

Presented by:
Dr Devin McCaslin, Ph.D.
Dr Michelle Petrak, Ph.D.
Dr Cammy Bahner, Au.D.

In this course, taken from our 4 day Trends in Balance event, you will learn about the latest and greatest developments in the field of videonystagmography and how these advances in testing and technology can benefit clinical practice.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how to perform saccadometry, including protocol set up, patient instructions, and test results interpretation
  • Be able to explain the frequency range of the VOR and the vestibular tests that are used to assess multiple frequencies
  • Be able to describe the clinical utility of ocular torsion and how it can assist in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with dizziness

Advances in BPPV

Presented by:
Dr. Kamran Barin, Ph.D.
Dr. Mans Magnusson, Ph.D.

In this course, taken from our 4 day Trends in Balance event, Dr. Kamran Barin and Dr. Mans Magnusson present a series of interesting updates on the topic of BPPV.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the latest manoeuvres available to diagnose BPPV
  • Understand role of torsional nystagmus and 3D head models in diagnosing BPPV
  • Understand the latest evidence on how to treat BPPV at the bedside and in the TRV chair

Getting started: ASSR

Presented by:
Amanda Goodhew, International Clinical Trainer.

This course provides an overview of the basics of performing the auditory steady state response (ASSR) test.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to prepare for ASSR testing, including electrode placement and patient instructions
  • Understand the tools available to optimise testing strategy
  • Interpret the test results obtained and understand the estimated audiogram

Beyond the basics: vHIT with demonstrations

Presented by:
Dr Kamran Barin, Ph.D.

This course a covers the best practices in vHIT testing, including preparing for the test, identifying and avoiding errors, and understanding the factors that affect results interpretation. This course will take between 1 and 2 hours depending on your knowledge and experience, although it is expected that you already understand the basics of vHIT testing before taking this course.

Learning objectives:

  • Determine the best practices in pre-test preparations for vHIT
  • Identify the errors that can occur during the head impulse testing and avoid them
  • Recognize the factors that can affect the interpretation of vHIT

vHIT versus caloric test: Which one to use and when do I need both?

Presented by:
Dr Kamran Barin, Ph.D.
Dr Michelle Petrak, Ph.D.
Dr Cammy Bahner, AuD.

This course will focus on deconstructing the similarities and differences between vHIT and caloric testing, using case study examples to help participants understand how to include each or both tests into their clinical assessment. To gain the most benefit from this session it is expected that you are aware of the basic physiology, test process and interpretation of the video head impulse test

Learning objectives:

  • Be able to describe which test to do first and when both the caloric test and vHIT are required for optimal assessment
  • Understand the interdependencies between vHIT and calorics
  • Be able to explain expected vHIT results in a variety of vestibular and central pathologies

Advances in behavioural testing

Presented by:
Amanda Goodhew, International Clinical Trainer.

This course explores the role of visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA) in the diagnosis of hearing loss in infants and young children. It is taken from the 2nd Trends in Paediatrics 4-day course hosted in May 2021.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how to perform visual reinforcement audiometry
  • Understand the advantages and pitfalls of the different types of stimuli and rewards available for visual reinforcement audiometry
  • Understand how to create your own visual rewards in order to customise a visual reinforcement audiometry session for individual patients

The diagnosis and management of Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD)

Presented by:
Jack Bennett, International Clinical Trainer .

This course provides an overview of the latest diagnostics procedures and management methods with respect to auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder. It is taken from the 2nd Trends in Paediatrics 4-day course hosted in May 2021.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the proposed pathophysiology, risk factors and prevalence of ANSD
  • Understand how to diagnose ANSD
  • Understand the current evidence on the management of ANSD

The role of diagnostic tests of hearing and balance in the pediatric CI patient journey

Presented by:
Darren Whelan, BSc (Hons), MSc, MRes.

This course provides an overview of the importance of vestibular test in children with sensorineural hearing loss who are eligible for cochlear implants. It is taken from the 2nd Trends in Paediatrics 4-day course hosted in May 2021.

Learning objectives:

  • Explore the prevalence of balance problems, risk factors, and associated syndromes in infants and children
  • Review the global perspective of hearing and balance assessment in CI pathway for pediatric recipients
  • Understand role of diagnostic tools in the testing of the vestibular end organ (cVEMP and vHIT, rotational chairs)
  • Understand the consequences of not performing pre and post vestibular assessment in the pediatric CI patient

Global perspectives on new-born hearing screening

Presented by:
Leigh Martin, Global Manager, Interacoustics Academy.

This course provides an overview of the different global approaches to new-born hearing screening. It is taken from the 2nd Trends in Paediatrics 4-day course hosted in May 2021.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the different approaches to new-born hearing screening adopted across the globe
  • Explore the effects of the screening strategy and time points on the outcome of new-born hearing screening
  • Explore developments in the OAE measurement method

Balance for Beginners

Presented by:
Leigh Martin, Global Manager, Interacoustics Academy.

This course covers the structures which comprise the balance system and introduces you to VNG, vHIT and VEMP.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system
  • Develop a basic understanding of VNG and vHIT testing
  • Explore the different types of VEMP testing

Balance for Intermediates

Presented by:
Darren Whelan, BSc (Hons), MSc, MRes.

This course covers the different roles of vestibular diagnostic tests in the diagnosis of patients with peripheral vestibular loss.

Learning objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the history of balance and vestibular testing
  • Explore the diagnostic tests available to assess different components of the vestibular system
  • Review balance disorder case studies

Audiometry for Beginners

Presented by:
Torben Poulsen, Emeritus Professor, DTU.

This course will cover the topics of Audiometry, Loudness and Masking.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the scientific background of pure tone audiometry and how it can be used to measure hearing thresholds
  • Explore the concept of masking and its relation to the motion of the basilar membrane within the inner ear
  • Understand the definition and description of loudness and the psychoacoustics of the loudness curve

Audiometry for Intermediates

Presented by:
Torben Poulsen, Emeritus Professor, DTU.

This course will cover Auditory Filters, Audiometer Calibration and Speech Intelligibility.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how auditory filters can allow for differentiation of sounds in complex listening environments
  • Discover the different methods and materials available for performing speech intelligibility assessments
  • Understand the importance of audiometry equipment calibration and the international standards underpinning calibration

Threshold ABR for Beginners

Presented by:
Leigh Martin, Global Manager, Interacoustics Academy.

This course will allow you to become familiar with the threshold ABR, where it comes from, how it is measured and how it is interpreted.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how the auditory brainstem response (ABR) can be recorded and which areas of the brain the ABR is generated from
  • Learn how to prepare for ABR testing, including patient preparation, electrode placement and stimuli and transducer selection
  • Be able to interpret an ABR waveform for threshold hearing estimation

Wideband Tympanometry for Beginners

Presented by:
Amanda Goodhew, International Clinical Trainer.

This course introduces you to the theory, research and measurement possibilities associated with wideband Tympanometry.

Learning objectives:

  • Develop a theoretical understanding of wideband tympanometry and its clinical benefits
  • Explore the different components of a wideband tympanometry measurement, including tympanograms, resonance frequency and absorbance
  • Be able to interpret the results of a wideband tympanometry measurement

ABR Correction Factors

Presented by:
Amanda Goodhew, International Clinical Trainer.

This course explores the importance of correction factors in ABR testing. You will learn about the different types of correction factors available, the scientific basis of these values, and how to implement them in clinical practice.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the derivation of ABR correction factors
  • Understand the different ABR correction factors available for different clinical scenarios
  • Be able to implement ABR correction factors in clinical practice

Virtual Clinic

All of our Virtual Clinic Patients also have CPD and CEU points accredited to them.

Patient 1: Franscesca

I’m Francesca, I have some strange sensations in my ears and I feel unsteady. Can you help?

Patient 2: Frank

The name is Frank. Good you are here. My hearing is troubling me very much. Please check it out.

Patient 3: Susan

Hello my name is Susan. I can’t hear from my right ear. Please find out why.
 

Patient 4: Paul

I lost my balance and fell off my bike. I have no idea what happened. Do you?
 

Patient 5: Andrew

All is fine with me, I just need a thorough audiological assessment as part of a medical check.
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