This is the organizer's report for the Fifth International Aural Rehabilitation Conference. For the organizer's report on the Sixth International Aural Rehabilitation Conference, you can download a PDF.
Fifth International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference
Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants, and Beyond: Optimizing Outcomes for Adults with Hearing Loss
March 16-18, 2009
The Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation’s Fifth International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference was held at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL from March 16 -18, 2009. Despite the grim economic times, the Conference attracted over 90 registrants, which augers well for the future of aural rehabilitation in the United States and throughout the world. A total of nine countries – Australia, Austria, Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, Sweden, and the United States – was represented at the conference, making it a truly international event. See some photographs taken at the conference.
The Keynote Speakers Arthur Boothroyd (US), Harvey Dillon (Australia), Mary Beth Jennings (Canada), and Sophia Kramer (The Netherlands) all gave wonderful presentations that highlighted the breadth and depth of this important field.
- Arthur Boothroyd emphasized the importance of “time on task” as the key to successful outcomes.
- Harvey Dillon provided details on the NAL-NL2 Prescription Procedure for hearing aids.
- Mary Beth Jennings spoke of the need for building designs to consider the need for hearing accessibility.
- Sophia Kramer described the Vocational Enablement Procedure, which addresses the specific needs of those with hearing loss.
There were also more than 30 contributed papers, which provided participants with an opportunity to hear about exciting approaches to various aspects of adult aural rehabilitation. It is particularly pleasing to note that several speakers were making their first presentations at an international conference.
Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to this very successful conference. Sincere thanks also to our Gold (MED-EL), Silver (Oticon), and Bronze (Phonak, Starkey, Widex) sponsors.
Geoff Plant, OAM