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Dr. Goldman is the Keynote speaker at SAC’s 2023 Audiology Event. He is a Canadian emergency physician, best-selling author, public speaker, and radio personality. His published works include The Power of Teamwork, The Power of Kindness, The Night Shift, Real Life in the ER and The Secret Language of Doctors. He is the host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art and The Dose.
In the high-pressure and complex setting of healthcare, a new approach to teamwork is leading to healthier patients, happier staff and more efficient operations. Dr. Goldman latest book The Power of Teamwork, draws on ground-breaking research and real-life examples from around the world to show how a team approach in healthcare can translate and improve how we can all work better together in speech-language pathology, audiology, and beyond!
9:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Starting a vestibular audiology practice can be challenging. This course will walk participants through the thought process and the steps of an initial vestibular assessment. It will cover the foundational understanding of the anatomo-physiology of the vestibular system, the essential components of a successful patient interview, and all the essential parts of an objective assessment (VNG) – oculomotor testing, positional and positioning tests, caloric test, and video head impulse test (vHIT). Participants will learn how to perform and interpret each of these tests as well as begin to formulate diagnostic hypotheses to guide patients through the next steps, including possible referrals and implementation of vestibular management strategies
9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Occupational stress and burnout have a tremendous impact on overall physical and mental health. Curiously, audiology is often labelled a low-stress profession based on broad categories of stressors experienced across diverse careers. However, to label an entire profession as low stress diminishes the lived experience of individual audiologists who experience tremendous stress in the workplace, and those who experience burnout that impacts their professional caregiving role and their quality of life. This talk will describe researched-based information on stress and burnout, including the impact of stress, stressors reported by audiologists, components and symptoms of burnout, the impact of burnout on patient care, and approaches to address stress and burnout in the workplace.
9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
As a member of a child’s circle of care, a paediatric clinical audiologist accompanies families along the journey as a child acquires hearing loss from medical treatment. Our scope of practice includes assessment, interpretation and reporting of findings, making recommendations, and informational and supportive counselling. This work can feel lonely and sad for the clinician. At the same time, we share moments of remarkable immediacy and delight as families and the care team navigate a child’s life-threatening conditions. The audiologist has a unique role in helping families ameliorate the adverse effects of ototoxic hearing loss on communication, speech and language learning, and quality of life.
11 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
As the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) continues to grow, it is essential for Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and its audiology professionals to be among those at the forefront of testing innovation, leading change, and prioritizing member and patient-centred approaches. For audiology members, being frontline health care providers who are working in clinics, hospitals, and schools, the journey toward greater equity means understanding the challenges and obstacles faced by their patients and other diverse and intersectional stakeholders (both internal and external) in order to name them, address them, and ultimately eliminate them.
This 1-hour session will take all participants on a DEI journey by introducing essential terminology and concepts and connecting them to their work and role as audiologists/health care providers. We will also discuss how to better incorporate DEI into their practices. The session will be structured in an engaging manner where content is shared through a slide deck, and participant comments are solicited and welcome. Come join us for this important conversation!
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Historically, it was assumed that decisions about hearing rehabilitation arise from considerations about the impact of hearing difficulties in everyday listening situations. Typically, a basic test of perception (i.e., the audiogram) was used to identify appropriate candidates for hearing rehabilitation. Research, most notably from the last decade, reveals that the decision making process is substantially more complex and is influenced by a number of factors previously believed to be considered “extraneous”. This presentation will highlight some of the ways that psychological processes influence the decision to engage in hearing rehabilitation and how these processes also affect clinical outcomes. Specifically, the presentation will discuss how different elements of the hearing journey (e.g., contemplation, decision making, and action) are influenced by cognitive and socio-emotional processes. One relevant cognitive process is how we as clinicians frame information that we present to persons with hearing loss. One relevant socio-emotional process is the presence/absence of significant others during audiology appointments. Recent evidence from our lab suggests that even the nature of the relationship between the patient and significant other can potentially influence hearing aid uptake. The presentation will conclude with recommendations that can directly inform clinical care.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Though dementia is defined by cognitive decline, people with dementia experience diverse symptoms across the dementia journey, including changes in auditory sensation and perception. Yet, people with dementia face barriers to accessing a range of healthcare services due to poor understanding of dementia and dementia-supportive practices. This session will be of interest to anyone interested in better understanding dementia and how-to better support people with dementia in their practice and their community. We will review: 1) myths and realities about dementia; 2) how you might recognize that a person has dementia or cognitive impairment and could benefit form support; and 3) changes that you can make in your service delivery and the clinical/facility environment to better accommodate the needs of people with dementia. Case studies will be used to illustrate recommendations.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Permanent hearing loss can be identified and supported in infancy through comprehensive early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs. For decades, these health systems have been guided by international benchmarks and evidence-based clinical practice protocols. Additionally, research indicates positive outcomes of early identification and optimal management of infants born with hearing loss. It is unacceptable, then, that only 7 out of 13 provinces and territories have EHDI programs, according to a 2019 report card issued by the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force. Due to this longstanding health care inequity, infants born with hearing loss in specific postal code regions in Canada will experience delayed development. Eliminating this injustice for Canadian infants is critical. During this presentation, the components of a complete EHDI system will be described and the status within Canada will be shared. Opportunities to improve access to infant hearing health care across Canada will be discussed.
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Audiologists have long embraced their important role in rehabilitation and vestibular rehabilitation, as it fits naturally within the scope of practice. In this course participants will learn what is next once a vestibular assessment has been completed, going beyond canalith repositioning maneuvers, starting with basic concepts in vestibular education and counselling. There will be discussions about who is a candidate for traditional vestibular and balance rehabilitation, what preventative measures can be used when a patient is not a candidate, and finally what types of exercises should be used to address the issues identified in the assessment.
3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Reduced sound tolerance is a pathological condition for which tolerance to sounds is so reduced that tolerable normal everyday sounds induce discomfort. This general term encompasses different forms of reactions and responses to sounds including hypersensitivity to loud sounds (loudness hyperacusis), sound-triggering pain (pain hyperacusis) and aversion to specific sounds (misophonia). According to epidemiological studies, around 10 to 15% of the general population suffers from these disorders. During this presentation, the different forms of reduced sound tolerance will be described and discussed. An up-to-date review of the current methods of evaluation will be presented and the pros and cons of each method will be discussed. Finally, the state of knowledge regarding current and future therapeutic options will be briefly discussed.
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This session will focus on practical considerations of hearing and listening skills in people with autism across the lifespan. Current research in autism and hearing will be discussed. This research will include describing auditory aspects of autism, including the perspective of autistics that includes with perspective of “nothing about us without us.” Specific considerations in audiologic assessment and management will be addressed including testing modifications that may help to provide the best outcomes for the listener. Additionally, questions regarding sound tolerance and potential auditory processing disorders will be addressed. Case studies will be included. The purpose to this session is to explore the role of audiology in working with people with autism and their families and to provide practical recommendations.