Tentative Schedule & Program

March 4 - 6, 2021
Mountain Time

CONFERENCE DOWNLOADS: Poster Abstracts | Podium Abstracts

Most virtual conference presentations will be presented live. Once the live session ends, a recording will then be added to the conference portal for on-demand viewing.


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: TECHNOLOGY UPDATES (Industry Sponsored Sessions)

Lively Hearing: Delivering Hearing Healthcare During a Pandemic
Harvey B. Abrams, PhD, Lively Hearing Corporation

Introducing a New Perspective with Oticon More
Annette Mazevski, PhD, Oticon

A New Experience in Hearing Aid Design
Brian Taylor, AuD, Signia

Multiflex Tinnitus Pro: Personalized Sound Therapy for Tinnitus Management
Michelle L. Hicks, PhD, Starkey

Seize the Moment
Francis Kuk, PhD, ORCA-USA, WS Audiology

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM: TECHNOLOGY UPDATES (Industry Sponsored Sessions)

New Developments in Audiology Teaching and Training Using the SmartVS Virtual Simulator
Rafael E. Delgado, PhD, Intelligent Hearing Systems
David K. Brown, PhD, Pacific University

Bimodal Neuromodulation with Sound and Tongue Stimulation for Tinnitus Treatment: Real-World Data Compared with Results from Large-Scale Clinical Trials
Hubert H. Lim, PhD, Neuromod Devices Limited; and University of Minnesota

BONEBRIDGE: Design and Technology Innovation for Implantable Bone Conduction Hearing
Geoffrey Ball, MS, MED-EL

Examining Patient Benefit with ReSound ONE Microphone and Receiver in the ear (M&RIE) Technology
Jill Mecklenburger, AuD, ReSound

Best-Practice Guidelines and Technology to Support the Severe-to-Profound Patient Journey from Phonak and Advanced Bionics
Kevin D. Seitz-Paquette, AuD, Sonova US
Jason Galster, PhD, Advanced Bionics

How Hearing Aid Technologies are Being Adopted in Smart Hearables
Alan Davis, PhD, Nuheara Limited

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Industry Research Consortium Sponsored Special Session (moderator: Dave Fabry, PhD)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Translational Research I (moderator: Heather Weinreich, MD)

The Crossroads between Speech Perception and Working Memory in Children
Jessica R. Sullivan, PhD
Hampton University, Hampton, VA, USA

2:10 PM - 4:40 PM: Concurrent Podium Presentations

PODIUM SESSION I: Electrophysiology and Diagnostics (moderator: Lisa L. Hunter, PhD)

2:10 PM – 2:30 PM, The Audiogram: Hard to Understand and Harder to Improve
Sumitrajit Dhar, PhD, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2:30 PM – 2:50 PM, Using the Audiogram to Identify Hearing Loss in Children
Angela Yarnell Bonino, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM, Detection of Slight-Mild Hearing Levels with DPOAE and Wideband Tympanometry
Lisa L. Hunter, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

3:10 PM – 3:20 PM, BREAK

3:20 PM – 3:40 PM, Development of a Gene Therapy for Otoferlin-Deficient Auditory Neuropathy
Jonathon Paul Whitton, AuD, PhD, Decibel Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM, The Envelope Following Response in Young Veterans: Evidence for Synaptopathy
Naomi F. Bramhall, AuD, PhD, VA RR&D NCRAR, Portland, OR

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM    Predicting Human Synapse Counts from Physiological Measurements Using Computational Models
Brad N. Buran, Oregon Hearing Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

PODIUM SESSION II: Cognition and Psychoacoustics (moderator: Emily Buss, PhD)

2:10 PM – 2:30 PM, Cognitive Function and Hearing Aids: Can We Delay Cognitive Decline?
Julia Sarant, PhD, The University of Melbourne, Carlton, Australia

2:30 PM – 2:50 PM, Brain Resting State Functional Connectivity and Age-Related Hearing Loss
Alexandria Lauren Irace, BA, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM, Psychological Well-Being is Associated with Hearing Functions in Middle-Aged Adults
Natascha Merten, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

3:10 PM – 3:20 PM, BREAK

3:20 PM – 3:40 PM, The Longitudinal Association of Subclinical Hearing Loss with Cognition
Alexander Chern, MD, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons; Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM, Effects of Rate, Age, Hearing Loss and Cognition on Discourse Comprehension
Jaclyn Schurman, AuD, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM, Association of Hearing Loss with Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Older Adults
Alexander S. Kim, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM, Preliminary Pupillometry Experiences in Measuring Listening Effort in Younger and Older Listeners
Sridhar Krishnamurti, PhD, Auburn, AL

PODIUM SESSION III: Hearing Aids and Implants (moderator: Julie Arenberg, PhD)

2:10 PM – 2:30 PM, Investigating the Encoding of Indexical Properties by Cochlear Implant Processors
Justin M. Aronoff, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

2:30 PM – 2:50 PM, Novel Strategy for Enhancing Cochlear Implant-Mediated Delivery of Low Frequencies
Michael Stanley Marzalek, Arizona State University, Santa Rosa, CA

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM, Extended High-frequency Hearing Impairment: Relation to Routine Earphone Use, Signs of Early Aging, Speech-in-Noise Perception, Cochlear Function, and Other Risk Factors
Sri Mishra, PhD, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX

3:10 PM – 3:20 PM, BREAK

3:20 PM – 3:40 PM, Health Literacy and Hearing Device Use Outcomes for Older Adults
Hua Ou, MD, PhD, NIH/NIDCD, Bethesda, MD

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM, Social Representation of Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids
Srikanth Chundu, AuD, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM, Online Hearing Aid Consumer Reviews
Vinaya Manchaiah, PhD, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM, Development of Portable Research Platforms for Advanced Hearing Aid Processing
Hendrik Kayser, PhD, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Auditory Signal Processing and Cluster of Excellence "Hearing4all", Oldenburg, Germany

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM: Carhart Memorial Lecture (moderator: Rene Gifford, PhD)

Binaural Hearing and Cognitive Load in Complex Listening Environments
Ruth Y. Litovsky, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Trivia Night (not eligible for CEU)

Register to participate in Trivia Night (must also be registered for the conference to participate).


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Early Career Research Award Presentation (moderator: O'neil Guthrie, PhD)

Hearing Loss, Health Care Seeking Behaviors, and Preventable Hospitalizations
Nicholas S. Reed, AuD
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Translational Research II - Killion Lecture (moderator: Dave Fabry, PhD)

Hearing for All in the Age of Digital Health
De Wet Swanepoel, PhD
University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa & Ear Science Institute Australia, Perth

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM: Publishing and Peer Review Panel

Brenda Ryals, Ear and Hearing:  Publishing your research – Behind the Editor’s Door
Ryan McCreery, American Journal of Audiology: Determining Authorship and Publishing for Clinicians
DeWet Swanepoel, International Journal of Audiology: How to make sure your article never gets published
Gary Jacobson, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology: When the decision is major revision or rejection
Erick Gallun, Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research: Open Scholarship/Open Science)

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. 

12:10 PM - 1:20 PM: Awards & Recognitions (not eligible for CEU)

Life Achievement Award: Brian C.J. Moore, PhD, University of Cambridge
Ear and Hearing Editor's Award: 
Debruyne, Joke A.; Janssen, A. Miranda; Brokx, Jan P.L. (2020) Systematic Review on Late Cochlear Implantation in Early-Deafened Adults and Adolescents: Clinical Effectiveness. Ear and Hearing. 41(6):1417-1430. November/December 2020
Ear and Hearing Readers' Choice Award: 
Dawes, Piers; Cruickshanks, Karen J.; Marsden, Antonia; Moore, David R.; Munro, Kevin J. (2020) Relationship Between Diet, Tinnitus, and Hearing Difficulties. Ear and Hearing. 41(2):289-299. March/April 2020
Membership Update: Sumit Dhar, PhD, AAS President

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Poster Session Presentations

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: NIDCD Research Presentation (moderator: Lisa L. Hunter, PhD)

NIDCD Funding Opportunities for Students and Young Investigators
Dr. Alberto Rivera-Rentas

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

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM: AAS "No-Talent" Show (not eligible for CEU)


8:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Concurrent Podium Presentations

PODIUM SESSION IV: Speech Processing (moderator: Erick Gallun, PhD)

8:00 AM – 8:20 AM, Hemispheric Asymmetry of Speech-in-Noise Processing in Aided Hearing-Impaired Listeners
Christopher Slugocki, PhD, Widex Office of Research in Clinical Amplification (ORCA-US), Lisle, IL

8:20 AM – 8:40 AM, Audiovisual Processing in Relationship to Phonological and Vocabulary Skills
Liesbeth Gijbels, MS, University of Washington – Department of Speech and Hearing, Seattle, WA

8:40 AM – 9:00 AM, Pupillary Response to Dynamic Pitch Manipulations During Speech Perception in Noise
Jing Shen, PhD, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM, BREAK

9:20 AM – 9:40 AM, Towards a Model of Speech-in-Speech Intelligibility
Emily Buss, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM, Benefit of Visual Speech Cues and Sentence Context in Bilinguals
Alexandre Chauvin, MA, Concordia University, Westmount, Canada

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM, Pupil Dilation and Subjective Effort Across Vocoded and Noise Sentences
Nicholas Patrick Giuliani, AuD, PhD, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN

PODIUM SESSION V: Tinnitus, Toxicity, and Trauma (moderator: Devin McCaslin, PhD)

8:00 AM – 8:20 AM, Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Results of two U.S.RCTs
Eldre Beukes, PhD, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

8:20 AM – 8:40 AM, Tinnitus Epidemiology: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent and Adult Health
Howard J. Hoffman, MA, Epidemiology and Statistics Program, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), NIH, Bethesda, MD

8:40 AM – 9:00 AM, Differences Among Tinnitus Subgroups in Tinnitus Quality, Distress, and Characteristics
Ann Elizabeth Perreau, PhD, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM, Reduced Cisplatin-Induced Hearing Loss in Cancer Patients Taking Statins
Katharine Ann Fernandez, AuD, PhD, NIDCD/NIH, Bethesda, MD

9:20 AM – 9:40 AM, BREAK

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM, Exploring Tinnitus Subgroups
Eldre Beukes, PhD, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM, Sound-Level Monitoring Earphones with Smartphone Feedback as an Intervention
Megan Clarissa Knoetze, MA, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

10:20 AM – 10:40 AM, Analgesic Use and Risk of Incident Tinnitus
Sharon G. Curhan, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

10:40 AM – 11:00 AM, Association of Prenatal Exposure to Tobacco and Alcohol on Neonatal Auditory System
Yvonne S. Sininger, C&Y Consultants, Sante Fe, NM

PODIUM SESSION VI: Population Studies (moderator: Carrie Lynn Nieman, MD)

8:00 AM – 8:20 AM, Mid-to-Late Life Blood Pressure Patterns and Late-life Hearing Loss
Kening Jiang, Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

8:20 AM – 8:40 AM, Impacts of Face Coverings on Hearing and Communication
Gabrielle H. Saunders, PhD, Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD), University of Manchester, UK

8:40 AM – 9:00 AM, Hearing Loss and Smoking: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Rachael Rebecca Baiduc, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM, Presbycusis Treatment and Falls Prevention: A Scoping Review
Kristen McArthur, BA, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

9:20 AM – 9:40 AM, BREAK

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM, Racial/Ethnic and Sex Representation in Hearing-Related U.S.-Based Clinical Trials
Corinne Alicia Pittman, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM, Diverse Recruitment & Retention in Community-Engaged Research: Lessons from HEARS
Carrie Lynn Nieman, MD, Cochlear Center for Hearing & Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

10:20 AM – 10:40 AM, Optimization of HEAR-QL for Adolescents in a Rural Alaskan Population
Kelli L. Hicks, MD, University of North Carolina, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Chapel Hill, NC

10:40 AM – 11:00 AM, Optimizing the Assessment of Postural Stability and Fall Risk
Talah T. Wafa, AuD, PhD, NIDCD, Chevy Chase, MD

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM: Special Session - Music Perception / Cognition (moderator: Charles J. Limb, MD)

Can Nonlinguistic Musical Training Influence the Processing of Speech? The OPERA Hypothesis
Aniruddh D. Patel, PhD
Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA

Music, Rhythm and Auditory-Motor Interactions: Optimizing Development and Quality of Life
Laurel J. Trainor, PhD
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Making Music Sharpens Sound Processing in the Brain for Language
Nina Kraus, PhD
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

The Sound Health Network: A New Opportunity for Collaboration
Charles J. Limb, MD
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, USA

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Translational Research III (moderator: Sumit Dhar, PhD)

The Future of Hearing and the Path(s) to Product
Simon Carlile, PhD
Google X; University of Sydney, NSW, Australia