2016 Audiology Masterclass Series

$250 for all six lectures

​Proudly Sponsored by Cochlear.

1)     Isabelle Boisvert Relative importance of sound deprivation and length of significant deafness in predicting cochlear implantation outcomes Available now  

Consequences of sound deprivation (unaided hearing loss) are frequently discussed in audiology clinics. When a broad definition of deprivation is used, there is a risk to rely on untested assumptions about its impacts. For example, in adults considering unilateral cochlear implantation, it is common to recommend implanting the “poorer” ear. Doubts arise, however, about the probability of obtaining satisfactory outcomes, when the “poorer” ear has had a long duration of sound deprivation. This is despite limited evidence in the literature supporting these doubts. This presentation is based on published studies and will provide a guide to informed decision-making in adults with a long duration unilateral sound deprivation considering a cochlear implant.

The objectives of this presentation are to review the concept of duration of deafness and its relationship with outcomes of cochlear implantation, and how it applies to adults with residual hearing in their non-implanted ear. This will be done by examining speech recognition results obtained by adults with a hearing asymmetry (different duration of deafness between the ears) who received a cochlear implant in their better or poorer ear. 

2)     Sharon Sandridge Newborn Hearing Diagnostics – Utilising all of our tools! 21 April

It is undisputed how universal newborn screening has changed the landscape of hearing impairment.  Infants are identified within hours of their birth allowing early identification of hearing sensitivity.  Currently, we have a tool box of diagnostic tools – some old standbys and others emerging.  This session will review the gold-standard tests and discuss the new and emerging technology that will elevate our diagnostic ability to a higher standard.

3)     Sharon Sandridge Update on Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder 5 May

Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD) has been an identifiable disorder now for 10 years - since Arnold Starr first coined a term to describe this interesting disorder.  This session will provide an updated review of ANSD including known pathophysiology and genetic origins; diagnostic testing involving electrophysiology and radiographic, and finally management options including success with cochlear implants.

4)     Sharon Sandridge Electrophysiologic Assessment of the Dizzy Patient 7 June

Vestibular disorders are among the most common reason why individuals seek ENT services.  Dizziness can be a symptom of so many disorders including Meniere’s disease, migraines, superior canal dehiscence (SCD), multiple sclerosis, to mention a few.   Today we have several diagnostic tests that can assist in the determination of the etiology.  This session will discuss the use of electrocochleography (yes it is staging a comeback!) and Vestibular Myogenic Evoked Potentials (VEMPs) in their expanded diagnostic role across the lifespan.

5)     Sharon Sandridge Maximising the use of your evoked potential equipment. 14 July

Ever wonder if you should be doing more than just an Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing for hearing sensitivity determination or an occasional Vestibular Myogenic Evoked Potential (VEMP) for assessing superior canal dehiscence or maybe a low-sensitive/specific electrocochleography (EcochG) test for Meniere’s disease?  This session will present what is trending in the literature for alternative uses of your evoked potential system.

      6)        Rebecca Bull Complex and Challenging Cases. 18 October

This presentation will feature several case studies of complex and challenging cases and how the implementation of a word recognition test battery (Bodkin, Madell, and Rosenfeld, 1999) was used to quantify their functional speech perception abilities. The purpose of this is to establish a meaningful link between audiological results and classroom practice. It provides educators and other professionals with information about areas requiring further development, and determines a baseline for testing over time to monitor the development of specific auditory skills.


These events have been endorsed by Audiology Australia for 1.5 CPD points per lecture and all but the first lecture have been endorsed by the AG Bell Academy for 1.5 CEUs.