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Session 1
September 13, 2021 @ 16.00 CEST

Presenters: Dr Devin McCaslin, Dr Michelle Petrak, Dr Cammy Bahner

Advances in VNG

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
Session 2
September 14, 2021 @ 16.00 CEST

Presenters: Dr Kamran Barin, Dr Mans Magnusson

Advances in 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 bedsite and in the TRV chair
Session 3
September 15, 2021 @ 16.00 CEST

Presenters: Dr Kamran Barin, Dr Susan Whitney

Advances in 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
Session 4
September 16, 2021 @ 16.00 CEST

Presenters: Dr Sharon Cushing, Dr Violette Lavender

Advances in Pediatric Vestibular Assessment

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the prevalence of vestibular dysfunction in children with sensorieneural 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
July – August 2021: 8 week online course

Technical aspects of auditory evoked potentials

Presenter:
Professor John Ferraro, Ph.D., FASHA, FAAA

This course is designed to improve your knowledge and understanding of a range of clinical and technical aspects of AEP recordings. You will learn about stimulus options, test parameters, electrodes and impedances, signal averaging, filtering, and more.

Once you have signed up to the course, you will receive access to the first two modules immediately. Starting on July 5, you will be sent the next two modules each week, and all of the content will remain available to you until the end of September 2021.

Registration is free and upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of participation. This course has been assigned 0.35 CEU´s from the American Academy of Audiology.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the different components of an auditory evoked potentials system and how these can influence measurements
  • Understand the stimuli available in auditory evoked potentials measurements and the implications of using different stimuli for different recordings
  • Understand how to utilise the technical and clinical aspect of auditory evoked potentials to optimise recordings
September 28, 2021 – Session 1: 10:00 - 11:30 CEST – Session 2: 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Getting started: Visible Speech Mapping eWorkshop

Speakers:
Jack Bennett, International Clinical Trainer

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

  • How to use visible speech mapping in verifying and fitting hearing instruments
  • The role of visible speech mapping in counseling
  • Making the most of the additional tools available within visible speech mapping
October 14, 2021 – 16:00 - 17:00 CEST

Peripheral to central: How technology can set your site apart | Case study journey from referral to treatment

Speakers:
Michael Hoeper, Physical Therapist
Dr. Michelle Petrak, Practicing Audiologist


This webinar will focus on the benefits of a multi-disciplinary 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 webinar 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
October 26, 2021 – Session 1: 10:00 - 11:30 CEST – Session 2: 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Getting started: Wideband tympanometry in pediatrics eWorkshop

Speakers:
Jack Bennett, International Clinical Trainer


In this eWorkshop, Jack Bennett, International Clinical Trainer, will explore how to integrate wideband tympanometry into clinical pediatric practice, looking at how to utilise the results obtained to improve interpretation of the middle ear status. 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:

  • Understand why wideband tympanometry should be integrated into pediatric clinical practice
  • How to perform wideband tympanometry on pediatric patients
  • Understand the fundamentals of interpreting wideband tympanometry results in the pediatric population
November 18, 2021 – 16:00 - 17:00 CEST

Saccadometry – a new tool for assessing central vestibular disorders

Speakers:
Dr. Michelle Petrak, Practicing Audiologist
Cammy Bahner, Audiologist


This webinar will focus on Saccadometry, a new tool in the VisualEyes VNG platform for assessing central vestibular disorders. The webinar will demonstrate how to implement the new protocols into the typical VNG test battery, how to interpret the new graphical displays and how to report the findings.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to implement a Saccadometry protocol into their current test battery
  • Participants will be able to explain the graphical results from the Saccadometry protocols
  • Participants will be able to interpret the results of Saccadometry tests
November 30th, 2021 – Session 1: 10:00 - 11:30 CEST – Session 2: 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Getting started: ABR eWorkshop

Speakers:
Amanda Goodhew, International Clinical Trainer


In this eWorkshop, Amanda Goodhew, International Clinical Trainer, will demonstrate how to get started in ABR testing, covering patient preparation, test strategy and results interpretation. 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:

  • Learn How to prepare for ABR testing, including electrode placement and patient instructions
  • Understand the tools available to implement and optimise testing strategy 
  • Be able to interpret ABR traces including waveform morphology, amplitude and latency
December 14th, 2021 – Session 1: 10:00 - 11:30 CEST – Session 2: 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Beyond the basics: ABR eWorkshop

Speakers:
Amanda Goodhew, International Clinical Trainer


In this eWorkshop, Amanda Goodhew, International Clinical Trainer, will explore some advanced elements of ABR testing including performing bone conduction testing and masking the ABR. 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. 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 auditory brainstem response test.

Learning objectives:

  • Be able to identify the common challenges in ABR test process and how to overcome them
  • Understand how to perform bone conduction ABR testing
  • Learn how to identify when masking is required and be able to perform masked ABR testing

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. 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

Ph.D., FASHA, FAAA
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

Ph.D.
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

Ph.D.
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

Ph.D.
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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