February 24 - 26, 2022
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale, Arizona

Conference Downloads: 2022 Podium Abstracts | 2022 Poster Abstracts


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Ear & Hearing Editorial Board Meeting  LAS PALMAS A

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: AAS Executive Board Meeting  LAS PALMAS B

1:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Registration  CONVENTION DESK


7:45 AM - 5:00 PM: Registration  CONVENTION DESK

8:00 AM - 10:55 AM: TECHNOLOGY UPDATES (Industry Sponsored Sessions)

8:00 AM - 8:25 AM: First Round

Session 1A: Making Adult Hearing Healthcare Affordable & Accessible: Lively Hearing Update  GRAND BALLROOM AB
Harvey B. Abrams, PhD, Lively Hearing Corporation

Session 1B: Exploring the Benefits of a New Product Type in the Hearing Aid Market  GRAND BALLROOM C
Jill Mecklenburger, AuD, ReSound

Session 1C: Help in Noise: What Clarity Improvements Can Hearing Aids Achieve?  GRAND BALLROOM D
Sebastien Santurette, PhD, Oticon A/S & Technical University of Denmark

Session 1D: Evolution to Effortless: The Evidence Behind Starkey's Evolv AI  GRAND BALLROOM EF
Michelle L. Hicks, PhD, Starkey Hearing Technologies

8:30 AM - 8:55 AM: Repeat of Sessions 1A-1D

9:00 AM - 9:25 AM: Second Round

Session 2A: Widex MOMENT: Still the one!  GRAND BALLROOM AB
Francis Kuk, PhD, Widex

Session 2B: Clinical Implications and Benefits of a Hearing Aid with Adaptive Acoustic Coupling  GRAND BALLROOM C
Kevin D. Seitz-Paquette, AuD, Sonova

Session 2C: IHS Research Update 2022 - New Developments in Audiology Simulation for Teaching and Training  GRAND BALLROOM D
Rafael E. Delgado, PhD, Intelligent Hearing Systems Corp.; David K. Brown, PhD, Pacific University 

Session 2D: Optimizing Performance in Demanding Listening Situations: Clinical Evidence Supporting Signia Technology  GRAND BALLROOM EF
Brian J. Taylor, AuD, Signia

9:30 AM - 9:55 AM: Repeat of Sessions 2A-2D

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM: Third Round

Session 3A: An Evidence-Based Tinnitus Treatment via Bimodal Neuromodulation  GRAND BALLROOM EF
Tish Ramirez, AuD, Neuromod USA, Inc.  

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM: Repeat of Session 3A

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM: Lunch Outdoors  CYPRESS COURT

12:50 PM - 1:00 PM: Poster Session I Setup - Put Up Posters  TERRAZA

1:00 PM - 1:10 PM: Opening Comments  GRAND BALLROOM ABC

Charles Limb, MD, AAS President
Rene Gifford, PhD, AAS President-Elect and Program Chair

1:10 PM - 2:10 PM: Translational Research I  GRAND BALLROOM ABC

Speech Perception in Noise: Etiological Bases and Clinical Considerations
Bharath Chandrasekaran, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2:25 PM - 4:40 PM: Concurrent Podium Presentations

PODIUM SESSION I: Hearing Aids and Auditory Implants  GRAND BALLROOM ABC

2:25 PM – 2:45 PM: Real-World Benefits of Cochlear Implants in Individuals with Single-Sided Deafness; Camille C. Dunn-Johnson, PhD, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

2:45 PM – 3:05 PM: Stimulation Location Affects Cochlear Implant Users' Vocal Pitch and Timbre; Simin Soleimanifar, PhD, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, Collage of Applied Health Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

3:05 PM – 3:25 PM: Listening Effort in CI Users Impairs Perception of Later Utterances; Matthew Winn, AuD, PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

3:25 PM – 3:40 PM: BREAK

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM: Preference Evaluation for Listening Intent based Hearing Aid Adjustments; Jumana Harianawala, AuD, Starkey Hearing Technologies, Eden Prairie, MN

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM: Low-Gain Hearing Aids for Listening-in-Noise Difficulties in "Normal Hearing" Individuals; Brent Edwards, PhD, National Acoustic Laboratories, Australia

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM: Electroacoustic, Fitting, and Sound Quality of Over-the-Counter Amplification; Sterling Sheffield, AuD, PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

PODIUM SESSION II: Tinnitus, Trauma, and Therapeutics  GRAND BALLROOM DEF

2:25 PM – 2:45 PM: Evaluation of Residual Inhibition Therapy for Sustained Suppression of Tinnitus; New Investigator Presentation; Candice Manning Quinn, AuD, PhD, Durham VA Health Care System; Duke University; VA RR&D National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Durham, NC

2:45 PM – 3:05 PM: COVID-19, Hearing Loss and Tinnitus: Causality or Spurious Conjunction?; Gabrielle Helena Saunders, PhD, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

3:05 PM – 3:25 PM: Auditory Nerve Fibers - Who's Most Vulnerable to Noise and Aging?; Sharon G. Kujawa, PhD, Massachusetts Eye & Ear and Harvard Medical School, Bedford, MA

3:25 PM – 3:40 PM: BREAK

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM: Verapamil: Effects on Hearing and Inhibition of Acoustic Startle; Avril Genene Holt, PhD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM: Neurotrophin OTO-413 for Hearing Loss: Phase 1/2 Clinical Study; David R. Moore, PhD, Communication Sciences Research Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM: Prevalence of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in the U.S.A.; Larry E. Humes, PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

PODIUM SESSION III: Hearing and Balance Healthcare Delivery  LA VALENCIA

2:25 PM – 2:45 PM: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs about Hearing Loss and Hearing Health Care among Hispanic/LatinX Adults: Focus Group Results; Michelle Arnold, AuD, PhD, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

2:45 PM – 3:05 PM: Consumer Opinions of Direct-to-Consumer Models of Hearing Healthcare; Jasleen Singh, AuD, PhD, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

3:05 PM – 3:25 PM: Readiness of Low Income Hearing Help Seekers for Telehealth; Carole E. Johnson, AuD, PhD, HERO Lab; University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

3:25 PM – 3:40 PM: BREAK

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM: Preliminary Evaluation of Fall Risk Assessment Methods Using Ear-Wearable Devices; Justin R. Burwinkel, AuD, Starkey, Eden Prairie, MN

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM: Development of an Outcome Measure for Empowerment for Hearing Loss; Melanie Ferguson, PhD, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM: Implementation Science and the Uptake of a Post-Hearing-Screening Intervention; Jill E. Preminger, PhD, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM: Carhart Memorial Lecture  GRAND BALLROOM ABC

Harnessing the Clinical Power of Neuroplasticity to Enhance Outcomes
Anu Sharma, PhD
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO


7:45 AM - 1:30 PM: Registration  CONVENTION DESK

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Early Career Research Award Presentation  GRAND BALLROOM DEF

Tales of a Unicorn: Lessons from Longitudinal Studies on Children who are Hard of Hearing
Elizabeth A. Walker, PhD, CCC-A/SLP
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Translational Research II - Killion Lecture  GRAND BALLROOM DEF

Auditory Situation Awareness: The Conundrum when Your Life depends upon your Hearing and your Hearing depends on your Hearing Protector
John G. Casali, PhD, CPE
Grado Professor and Director, Auditory Systems Lab, Virginia Tech University and 
Chief Technology Officer, Hearing, Ergonomics & Acoustics Resources (HEAR), LLC, Blacksburg, VA, USA    

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Poster Session I Presentations  TERRAZA

Presenters with odd numbered posters should plan to present between 9:30 am - 10:30 am. Presenters with even numbered posters should plan to present between 10:30 am - 11:30 am. Presenters are also free to be available at any other time the poster is on display.

11:30 AM - 11:35 AM: Poster Session I - Take Down Posters  TERRAZA

11:45 AM - 12:45 AM: Awards & Recognitions (not eligible for CEU)  GRAND BALLROOM DEF

Membership Update: Charles Limb, MD, AAS President

Life Achievement Award:

Judy R. Dubno, PhD
Medical University of South Carolina
Distinguished University Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Charleston, South Carolina

Ear and Hearing Editor's Award: TBA
Ear and Hearing Readers' Choice Award: TBA

12:45 PM - 12:50 PM: Poster Session II Setup - Put Up Posters  TERRAZA

12:50 PM - 2:50 PM: Poster Session II Presentations  TERRAZA

Presenters with odd numbered posters should plan to present between 12:50 pm - 1:50 pm. Presenters with even numbered posters should plan to present between 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm. Presenters are also free to be available at any other time the poster is on display.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: AAS Mentorship Session on the Publishing and Peer Review Process  GRAND BALLROOM DEF

Brenda Ryals, Ear and Hearing
Ryan McCreery, American Journal of Audiology
DeWet Swanepoel, International Journal of Audiology
Devin McCaslin, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Erick Gallun, Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research

Publishing can be a mysterious and intimidating process for budding researchers, whether they come from a clinical or more basic background.  Editorial leaders from several of the major journals in hearing science will provide a window behind the scenes and tips for the most common and difficult issues to navigate in order to get your research published, minimize angst and maximize confidence and success. The author’s perspective is to build a career with good publications, while the reviewer’s perspective is to keep bad studies from being published, and the editor’s job is to be critical but also be constructive. Thus, we have in common producing high-quality research that contributes to new knowledge and will ultimately lead to better outcomes for people with hearing and balance disorders. 

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: T35 Session: Using Your Poster to Advance Your Career  GRAND BALLROOM DEF

René Gifford
Angie Garinis
Dawn Martin
Lori Leibold
Gabby Merchant
Adam Bosen

A poster presentation can be used as an opportunity to establish yourself in the field, make connections with experts in the field, and showcase your expertise. In this panel discussion, T35 program instructors will answer your questions about the next steps you can take to further your career. We will cover how to approach transitioning from a poster presentation to a peer-reviewed manuscript, how to use your research to build connections with scientists and clinicians, and how to explain the unique skills and knowledge that your research experience has given you. We will be answering live audience questions and questions submitted in advance. If you have a specific topic you would like to discuss please email Adam Bosen ([email protected]) in advance and we will answer as many questions as we can.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Happy Hour: Hosted by Mentoring - Students and Postdocs of AAS (spAAS) (not eligible for CEU)  GARDEN TERRACE


7:45 AM - 4:15 PM: Registration  CONVENTION DESK

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Translational Research III  GRAND BALLROOM DEF

Pragmatic Approaches to Overcoming Hearing Healthcare Disparities
Matthew L. Bush, MD, PhD, MBA
UK College of Medicine Endowed Chair in Rural Health Policy
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY

9:15 AM - 12:15 PM: Concurrent Podium Presentations

PODIUM SESSION IV: Electrophysiology and Diagnostics  GRAND BALLROOM DEF

9:15 AM – 9:35 AM: Simultaneous ABR and FFR Recording using a 'Click-Plus' Stimulus; Matthew B. Fitzgerald, PhD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

9:35 AM – 9:55 AM: Measuring Earlier Components of Auditory Brainstem Responses from Modified Speech; Tzu-Han Zoe Cheng, BS, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA

9:55 AM – 10:15 AM: Ear-Canal Calibration and Noise-Level Monitoring During Audiometry for Children; Ryan McCreery, PhD, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE

10:15 AM – 10:35 AM: Characterizing High Frequency Hearing in 2-3-Year-Olds Born Preterm; Lisa L. Hunter, PhD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH


10:55 AM – 11:15 AM: Characterizing Hearing in Service Members with Self-Reported Temporary Threshold Shifts; Douglas S. Brungart, PhD, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM: Manual and Automated ABR Analysis: Reliability, Agreement and Efficiency; Elizabeth Haley, AuD, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

11:35 AM – 11:55 AM: Hearing Impairment in the Extended High Frequencies in Children; Srikanta Mishra, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM: Electroencephalographic Evaluation of the Efficacy of Split-Processing in Hearing Aids; Christopher Slugocki, PhD, WS Audiology Office of Research in Clinical Amplification (ORCA-USA), Lisle, IL

PODIUM SESSION V: Cognition, Mental Health, and Psychosocial Considerations for Hearing Healthcare  LA VALENCIA

9:15 AM – 9:35 AM: Association of PTA and Speech-in-Noise Performance with Cognitive Decline; New Investigator Presentation; Danielle Powell, AuD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

9:35 AM – 9:55 AM: Hearing Loss and Subjective Cognitive Function in the ARIC-Neurocognitive Study; Natalie Lenzen, AuD, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE

9:55 AM – 10:15 AM: Associations between Audiometric Hearing, Brain MRI, Cognition and Speech-in-Noise Performance; Kening Jiang, MHS, Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

10:15 AM – 10:35 AM: How do Audiologists Detect and Discuss Mental Wellbeing?; Rebecca J. Bennett, PhD, Ear Science Institute Australia, Subiaco, Australia


10:55 AM – 11:15 AM: Hearing/Vision Impairments and Social Isolation Over Time in Older Adults; Alison R. Huang, Johns Hopkins Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, Baltimore, MD

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM: Mental Health Among Sensory Impaired Individuals During COVID-19 Lockdown Measures; Natascha Merten, PhD, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

11:35 AM – 11:55 AM: Effect of Hearing Loss on Facial Expressions of Emotion; Soumya Venkitakrishnan, MA, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM: Cognitive Deficits and Speech Understanding in Quiet and Noise; Matthew B. Fitzgerald, PhD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

PODIUM SESSION VI: Speech Processing and Psychoacoustics  LAS PALMAS

9:15 AM – 9:35 AM: Mechanisms Underlying the Association between Speech-in-Noise Perception and Extended High-Frequencies; Lina Motlagh Zadeh, AuD, PhD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

9:35 AM – 9:55 AM: Auditory-Spatial Perception and Memory in Children with Hearing Loss; Andrea Pittman, PhD, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

9:55 AM – 10:15 AM: Does the Ear Turn Itself Down Before Speaking?; Austin Gent, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

10:15 AM – 10:35 AM: Phonological Similarity, but not Vocoding, Impairs Learning of Verbal Sequences; Adam K. Bosen, PhD, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE


10:55 AM – 11:15 AM: The Digit Triplet Test as an Assessment of Speech Perception; Robert Henry Eikelboom, PhD, Ear Science Institute Australia, Subiaco, Australia

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM: Efferent Activation Improves Intensity Change Detection in Human Listeners; Yuan He, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

11:35 AM – 11:55 AM: A Rapid Measurement for Interaural Mismatch and Interaural Time Differences; Justin M. Aronoff, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM: Measures of Social-Environmental Confusion in a Pediatric Pilot Study; Erin Nelson-Bakkum, AuD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM: Poster Session II - Take Down Posters  TERRAZA

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch Outdoors  CYPRESS COURT

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Special Session: Future Therapies for the Ears  GRAND BALLROOM DEF

Overview Regenerative and Genetic Medicine for the Ears [20 mins]
Edwin W Rubel, PhD

The Status of Hair Cell Regeneration [15 min]
Peter G. Barr-Gillespie, PhD
Chief Research Officer and Professor of Otolaryngology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA

Development of FX-322: A Potential Hearing Restoration Therapeutic [15 min]
Will J. McLean, PhD
SVP Hearing Biology and Translational Research, Frequency Therapeutics, Lexington, MA, USA

Roles of FGFR2b/1b Ligands in Cochlear Sensory and Neural Development  [15 min]
Suzanne L. Mansour, PhD
Department of Human Genetics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Development of Protective and Restorative Hearing Therapeutics: DB-020 and DB-OTO [15 min]
Jonathon Whitton, AuD, PhD
Vice President Clinical Research and Development, Decibel Therapeutics Inc., Boston, MA, USA

OTO-413: Intratympanic BDNF for the Treatment of Hearing Loss [15 min]
Alan C. Foster, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, Otonomy, Inc., San Diego, CA, USA

The Tools We Need to Make Therapies for Hearing Loss: Lessons Learned on a Journey From Bench to Bedside [15 min]
Lisa Cunningham, PhD
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD), Bethesda, MD USA

Panel Discussion [15 min]

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM: Summary and Adjournment  GRAND BALLROOM DEF


Additional Presentation to be included in On-Demand Video Gallery:

Industry Research Consortium Sponsored Special Session
Jani A. Johnson, AuD, PhD, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN