2021 Annual Conference

2021 KAA Annual Conference

August 19 - 20, 2021
Marriott Louisville East
Louisville, KY
The Kentucky Academy of Audiology is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1.5 CEUs/Tier 1 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

Conference Agenda
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Thursday, August 19, 2021

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration and Coffee/Pastries/ Exhibitors

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Counseling Patients and Families: Best Practices from a Gerontology Perspective
Suzanne Meeks, PsyD
In this workshop, we will talk about what gets in the way of effective communication with patients and families and how to overcome communication barriers to facilitate behavior change and promote thriving.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Participants will describe how ageism and stigma affect our ways of thinking about our patients, and their ways of thinking about themselves, to get in the way of effective behavior change.
  2. Participants will identify communication strategies and approaches that can “nudge” the environment of a healthcare encounter to promote and facilitate positive behavior change.
  3. Participants will describe how cognitive impairment and depression may interfere with healthcare behaviors, and how to respond effectively to these issues when they arise.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare
Bláz Bush, M.Ed., Director, LGBT Center, Health Sciences Center
The goal of this training is to provide an overview of LGBTQ+ healthcare disparities and associated concepts with recommended best practice changes to language, environment, and systems to address common microaggressions and create an affirming environment.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify disparities LGBTQ+ individuals face and the root causes.
  2. Review areas of common clinical microaggressions and strategies to improve patient experience.
  3. Express knowledge of inclusive communication best practices.

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch and Learn: Coding Audiology Co-Morbidities
Alicia Spoor, Au.D.
Learning Outcomes:
  1. List the patient comorbidities identified by audiologists according to CMS Medicare data.
  2. Identify sources to obtain diagnoses of comorbidities in patients presenting for audiologic-vestibular evaluations.
  3. Explain where to document co-morbidities for billing/coding purposes.

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Implementing Over-the-Counter (OTC) Devices in Your Practice
Alicia Spoor, Au.D.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids have been a buzz topic for the past few years. Audiologists are uniquely situated to not only help consumers navigate the OTC options, but to maximize and profit from the products. This presentation will begin with a brief overview of the proceedings leading up to the passage of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 (and any new information) and then dive into some accessories and individual products that can be sold through a practice/clinic to create an additional revenue stream. User profiles will be highlighted so marketing can be created to attract your ideal consumer/patient. Finally, suggestions for pricing models (not specifics costs) will be reviewed allowing a practice to begin offering products immediately.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Attendees will be able to identify products that can be sold over-the-counter (OTC) to consumers/patients.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify patients who can benefit from over-the-counter (OTC) devices.
  3. Attendees will be able to crate pricing strategies around OTC devices (and related services) in a practice/clinic.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Differential Diagnosis of Dizziness for the Audiologist
Beth McNulty, MD
The presentation will include a brief overview of vestibular anatomy and physiology. This will be followed by the three main inner ear causes for dizziness: BPPV, Vestibular neuritis/labyrinthitis, Meniere's disease. We will also discuss Superior Semicircular Canal dehiscence and Perilymph fistula. The pathophysiology and treatment of vestibular migraine will be reviewed.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. The attendee should be able to describe the clinical presentation of the three main inner ear causes of vertigo (BPPV, vestibular neuritis, and Meniere’s Disease).
  2. The attendee should recognize the similarity of vestibular migraine to an inner ear cause for dizziness.
  3. The attendee should be able to describe treatment options for BPPV, Vestibular neuritis, Meniere’s disease, and vestibular migraine.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Cerumen Management: The Basics To Get You Started
Elizabeth Rogers, Au.D.
This presentation will focus on why audiologists should be performing cerumen management, an overview of the anatomy of the ear canal, the different types of cerumen, and different techniques for cerumen removal. We will also discuss contraindications for cerumen removal and when certain techniques should not be used. At the end of this presentation attendees should feel confident including cerumen management in their daily practice.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Attendees will explain the anatomy of the ear canal and be able to identify landmarks to ensure safe and effective cerumen removal.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify the different cerumen removal tools and techniques and when to use the right technique for proper cerumen removal.
  3. Attendees will list contraindications for cerumen removal and when it is appropriate to refer to an ear, nose, and throat specialist.

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Reception with Exhibitors
Sponsored by The Academy of Doctors of Audiology

Friday, August 20, 2021

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

Member Meeting/Breakfast

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Precepting: Insights and Strategies
Mary Sue Fino-Szumski, Ph.D., M.B.A., CCC-A
Preceptors play a vital role in preparing audiology students to meet competency requirements for graduation and secure professional credentials following graduation. The role and responsibilities of preceptors are challenging and rewarding. This presentation will explore the skills and qualities of an effective preceptor and challenges faced by preceptors. In addition, strategies for creating a successful experience for the preceptor and student will be described and discussed.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Discuss common challenges to precepting.
  2. Describe the skills and qualities of effective clinical educators.
  3. Describe several teaching strategies and their use in clinical education.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Ethical Issues in Practice
Anne-Tyler Morgan
Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe the importance of ethics and professionalism in the practice of audiology.
  2. Identify the principles of medical ethics.
  3. Describe the process of analyzing an ethical case.
  4. Identify the ethical and legal concepts relating to confidentiality.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Healthcare Issues 2021: State and Federal Update
Representative Deanna Frazier, Au.D.
Stephanie Czuhajewski, MPH, CAE

Join Kentucky State Representative Deanna Frazier, an audiologist from Madison County, and Stephanie Czuhajewski, Executive Director of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, for an update on state and federal legislative activity concerning audiology. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and share feedback on proposed legislation.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Attendees will be able to describe recent changes to Kentucky audiology statutes and regulations.
  2. Attendees will be able to describe the proposed changes to federal Medicare legislation to improve access to audiology care.
  3. Attendees will be able to describe how changes to interstate practice regulations will impact their practice.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

MED-EL: Introduction to Cochlear Implants
Charlie Moubray, Au.D.
Laura Corcoran

This presentation will review an introduction to cochlear implant candidacy and MED-EL Corporation. In addition, the speakers will discuss when it might be time to consider a cochlear implant for your patient, what might happen during a cochlear implant evaluation, and factors that impact success with a cochlear implant.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Participants will be able to list two benefits of cochlear implants. ​
  2. Participants will be able to define approved candidacy for cochlear implants.
  3. Participants will be able to list 3 factors that impact successful cochlear implant outcomes.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch with Exhibitors

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Optimizing Outcomes for Bimodal Recipients
Nikki Mutter, Au.D., CCC-A (Presenting remotely)
After completing this course, the provider will be able to identify compatible ReSound hearing aids, program bimodal patient, link the hearing aid to the cochlear sound processor and pair/stream with accessories and smart devices.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Provider will be able to identify compatible models for bimodal patients.
  2. Provider will be able to program a hearing aid for a bimodal patient.
  3. Provider will be able to pair hearing aid to accessories in the bimodal condition.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM


2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Congenital CMV (cCMV)
Laura Stadler, MD (Presenting remotely)
Sarah Streeval
This session will present an overview of cCMV infections with regard to epidemiology, treatment and need to identify babies through screening to determine if candidates for antiviral therapy.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe the current epidemiology of cCMV.
  2. Discuss the signs and symptoms of CMV.
  3. Discuss the screening of cCMV to identify candidates for antiviral therapy.
  4. Identify struggles and hurdles families face.

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Ototoxicity with Antineoplastic Agents
Dr. Brette Conliffe PharmD, BCOP
Lauren Stigers

Multiple drug classes have the potential to cause ototoxicity. This session will discuss ototoxicity from the perspective of oncology pharmacy. It will focus on the mechanisms and risk factors behind ototoxicity associated with medications to treat oncology patients, recommendations for baseline testing and monitoring, and potential options for prevention and treatment.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Recognize the mechanisms of ototoxicity with medications used to treat oncology patients
  2. Recognize the risk factors for development of ototoxicity in oncology patients
  3. Discuss methods to reduce risk of permanent hearing loss in oncology patients

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing and Exhibitor Game Winner Drawing


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