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2013 Marion Downs Lecture Features Richard Seewald, PhD

Richard SeewaldThe American Academy of Audiology Foundation is pleased to announce that Richard C. Seewald, PhD, will present the 2013 Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology. Dr. Seewald’s presentation, “A Retrospective on the Development of a Science-Based Approach to Pediatric Hearing Aid Fitting—What a Difference 40 Years Can Make!” (.15 CEUs) will be offered on Friday, April 5, at AudiologyNOW! in Anaheim (10:00am-11:30am PT). The lecture also will be available to audiologists, at no charge, on eAudiology, both live and on-demand.

Dr. Seewald is a distinguished university professor emeritus and research associate at the National Centre for Audiology, and in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. He is known internationally for his work in developing the Desired Sensation Level (DSL) Method for pediatric hearing-instrument fitting. The first part of his presentation will discuss the motivation for, and evolutionary process in, developing the DSL Method for pediatric hearing-aid fitting.

This method originally was developed to provide clinicians with a systematic, science-based approach to pediatric hearing-instrument fitting that ensures audibility of amplified speech. The DSL Method accounts for factors that are uniquely associated with the provision of amplification to infants and young children who have hearing loss. Attendees will hear Dr. Seewald summarize protocols that have been developed in the Child Amplification Laboratory (National Centre for Audiology at the University of Western Ontario) for innovative assessment, electroacoustic selection, and verification related to fitting amplification to infants. In addition, he will illustrate research findings that support the application of these clinical protocols. The second part of the presentation will provide a summary status report on pediatric hearing-aid fitting, based on the results of several recent studies that examined relationships among several hearing-aid fitting variables and outcomes in children who use amplification.

Richard Danielson, PhD, chair of the Foundation Board, expressed his enthusiasm about Dr. Seewald’s session at the Anaheim conference. “As one of audiology’s most eminent experts in pediatric hearing amplification, Dr. Seewald is a perfect selection to be this year’s Marion Downs Lecturer,” Danielson said. “His presentation will chronicle the development of current evidence-based hearing-aid fitting protocols used for children, as well as encapsulate recent research findings that offer a valuable prospective look ahead.”

For the past 35 years, Dr. Seewald’s work has focused on issues that pertain to the selection and fitting of amplification and early aural habilitation for infants and young children who have hearing loss. Dr. Seewald has given invited lectures in Europe, Canada, the United States, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, and China. He is the editor (along with Dr. Anne Marie Tharpe) of the Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology, published in 2010.

Dr. Seewald has received numerous awards for his work with children, including an appointment as the Canada Research Chair in Childhood Hearing; the Honors of the Canadian Speech, Language and Hearing Association, and the Canadian Academy of Audiology; an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and the prestigious International Award in Hearing from the American Academy of Audiology; he received this honor for his pioneering work in the field of pediatric audiology.

The annual Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology is supported by the AAA Foundation, with a grant from The Oticon Foundation. The AAA Foundation is honored to feature Dr. Seewald’s presentation at AudiologyNOW! in 2013, and is pleased that he will join a growing list of distinguished Marion Downs speakers. Since 2005, eight presentations have been given on a variety of subjects in pediatric audiology, including genetics, implantation, speech optimization, and vestibular disorders.

"We are pleased that The Oticon Foundation will again fund the Marion Downs Lecture Series to provide hearing care professionals with timely access to the latest developments in pediatric audiology,” said Oticon, Inc. President Peer Lauritsen. “Through educational opportunities such as this, we seek to better equip pediatric practitioners to deliver child-friendly hearing care that will empower children with hearing loss to communicate freely, interact naturally, and participate actively in life.”

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