“Walking Together”: The Importance of Communication, Collaboration, & Community to Foster Belonging

Our health system is one that is concurrently characterized by being progressively transactional in nature, depersonalized in experience both for patients and those working and learning in these environments, and increasingly focused on integrating technology and quantitative data that supports management strategies for care. This has been compounded by health inequities brought on by disparities […]

Hearing Loss & Dementia: Understanding & Advancing Hearing Health Equity among Persons Living with Dementia

Sensory health and cognitive impairment, including dementia, stand at the intersection of two major public health challenges. Sensory impairments are among the most common and disabling comorbidities among individuals aging with cognitive impairment yet frequently go unrecognized and unaddressed. Among sensory impairments, hearing loss is one of the most common comorbidities among persons with dementia. […]

Expanding Services through Community-Engaged Research: Collaborating Across Disciplines and Stakeholders to Optimize Outcomes and Drive Change

Effective interventions and associated trials reflect the complexity and context of the communities with which they are tailored and the health behaviors they seek to address. Community-engaged methodology can capture these complexities and is an established approach within public health, particularly when focused on understanding and addressing health inequities. For example, within hearing care, significant […]

Re-imagining Hearing Health Care in Long-Term Care

The high prevalence of hearing loss among residents living in Long-Term Care (LTC) settings is fully acknowledged by Audiologists, Long-Term Care service providers, residents, and their families. Hearing loss frequently ​coexists​​ ​with other sensory impairments, cognitive changes, and health status challenges. The resultant communication barriers often lead to disengagement from previously enjoyed activities, social isolation, […]

Practicing Effectively in Relation to Interpersonal Violence

With over 40% of women experiencing intimate partner violence and most of their children exposed to such violence, speech-language and audiology professionals need to understand interpersonal violence and be confident in their approaches. Our research has studied the dynamics and health impacts of violence and developed effective interventions, including a freely available app for women […]

Advanced Hearing Aid Verification: New Technologies for Best Practices

Modern hearing aid verification includes more than just fitting to targets. Starting from best practices for the basics, I’ll discuss new development for achieving and measuring speech audibility in quiet, along with the background evidence for continued use of this as a best practice. However, we’ll also explore other uses of hearing aid analyzers and […]

Supporting Clients Through Grief and Loss

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists frequently work with clients/patients as they face new, and often life altering, diagnoses. Without time and space for grief and loss it can be difficult to move forward in other life and work domains. including other therapies that are needed. This presentation will introduce clinicians to the basics of working with […]

Virtual Hearing Care: It’s All About Dynamic Client-Provider Relationships

Developments in information and communication technologies are rapidly reshaping hearing care service models, delivery channels, and available solutions. Virtual and hybrid care models are expanding the reach of a growing list of service types. This presentation will explore the evolution of hearing care service delivery models, current evidence, emerging research, and exciting future directions. Shifting […]