“Ears, Hearing and Beyond” is the subject of a free public conference on hearing loss, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, in the HUB Auditorium on the University of Washington campus.
“The conference is for everyone interested in learning more about the ear, prevention of hearing loss, strategies for coping with hearing loss, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, and what’s new in current research,” said Dr. George A. Gates, UW professor and director of the UW’s Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center. The center sponsors the annual conference with the Lions District 19B Hearing Conservation Foundation and the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.
An FM hearing system will be available in the auditorium, and presentations will be accompanied by real-time captioning. Those attending will receive written summaries of all talks.
The exhibit room will be open all day with approximately 20 exhibitors, including hearing aid, cochlear implant and assistive listening device manufacturers.
For more information, call (206) 616-4105 or visit the conference web site.
The program includes:
o Overview of the Ear, and Hearing and Auditory Disorders, with Dr. George A. Gates, director, Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center; otologist and professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
o Effects of Hearing Loss, with John Jaco, executive director of Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH)
o What’s New in Hearing Aids, with Dr. Tom S. Rees, audiologist and associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
o The Effectiveness of Hearing Aids: Which Features Are Worth the Price? with Dr. Bevan Yueh, assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
o Early Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention of Hearing Loss in Washington State: A Public-Private Partnership, with Dr. Susan J. Norton, director, Research and clinical audiology, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center; UW associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
o Implantable Listening Devices, with Gates
o Inherited Hearing Loss: A New Study, with Dr. Bruce L Tempel, assistant professor otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, and Dr. Valerie Street, senior postdoctoral fellow, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
o Vertigo and Dizziness: What’s the Difference? with Dr. Larry G. Duckert, otologist and professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
o Balance and Vision, with Dr. James O. Phillips, assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
o Assistive Listening Devices: What’s New? with Pam Hurst, community education coordinator, Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center.