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At Waiting to Hear one of the biggest concerns we hear from speech and hearing professionals is that time and budget constraints make it extremely difficult to travel outside the region for continuing education conferences …so in 2016 we decided to offer a conference on pediatric hearing loss right here in  the Tri-Cities!  It proved so popular that we have decided to make the conference an annual event!

Breaking the Sound Barrier provides the most up to date research on pediatric hearing loss, cochlear implants, and Listening/Spoken Language therapy techniques. The conference is targeted to Audiologists, Speech Language Pathologists, Students, Deaf Educators, and Parents of children with hearing loss.

Thanks to a partnership with ETSU this year we are able to offer the conference AT NO COST to parents who have children with hearing loss, AND to students enrolled in speech/hearing programs.  Cost for professionals who need Continuing Education Credit is only $65 for the entire day.

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Conference on Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implants

September 22, 2017 Bristol VA

Holiday Inn Ballroom (I-81 exit 7) 3005 Linden Dr, Bristol, Virginia 24202


David S Haynes, MD, FACS  David Haynes is a professor in the departments of Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery and Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is the Director of the division of Neurotology within the department of Otolaryngology and is co-director of the multidisciplinary Skull base Center.  In addition he directs the internationally recognized Neurotology Fellowship training program and the Vanderbilt Cochlear Implant Program. His research has appeared in leading academic journals including The Laryngoscope and Otology and Neurotology. He has hosted many international conferences including the XIV International Pediatric Cochlear Implant Conference in Nashville, TN. He also serves on the executive board of the Hearing Health Foundation, New York, New York and the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, Washington D.C.    Disclosures: Dr. Haynes practices at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and also serves as a consultant for Advanced Bionics, Cochlear Americas, Grace Medical, MED-EL, Anspach, Synthes, and Stryker.

Andrea Hedley-Williams Au.D Andrea Hedley-Williams received her bachelor’s degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Virginia and her Masters of Audiology and AuD from Vanderbilt University.  Andrea worked as a cochlear implant audiologist and researcher at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center for 25 years. Andrea joined MED-EL in July, 2016 as a Clinical Account Manager in the Northeast Region.  Andrea is currently working with clinics in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. Disclosures: Andrea Hedley-Williams, AuD, CCC-A. Financial: Andrea Hedley-Williams is an employee of MED-EL Corporation. Non-financial: Andrea Hedley-Williams has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Velvet Buehler, M.S. CCC-SLP/A is Professor; University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Knoxville, TN. She holds dual certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Disclosures: Financial; Salary from University of Tennessee. Non-financial: none.

Saravanan Elangovan, Ph.D is an Assoc. Prof. in the Dept. of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at ETSU. Disclosures: Financial; Salary from East Tennessee State University. Non-financial: none.

Marie Johnson, M.S
. is a speech-language pathologist within the East Tennessee State University Department of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, where she serves as a clinical supervisor to graduate students in the Master’s program in speech-language pathology Disclosures: Financial; Salary from East Tennessee State University. Non-financial: none

Auditory Verbal Therapy Techniques for a Listening and Spoken Language Outcome

Velvet Buehler, M.A. CCC-A/SLP

2017 Agenda

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(3005 Linden Dr, Bristol, Virginia 24202)


8:00 am – 8:30 am:    Check-In and Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:15 am – 8:30 am:    Welcome:  Shannon Bramlette  Au.D

8:30 am – 9:45 am:    Updates in Cochlear Implantation:  David S Haynes, MD, FACS

9:45 am -10:15 am:    Break and Exhibits (Vendor Hall)                            

10:15 am – 12:30 pm: Literacy for Littles: Velvet Buehler M.A., CCC-SLP, CCC-A

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:   LUNCH  

1:30pm – 2:30 pm:     Cochlear Implant Technology Update   Andrea Hedley-Williams Au.D

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm:    Break and Exhibits (Vendor Hall)    

2:45 pm – 5:00 pm:    “Putting it all Together”: Saravanan Elangovan Ph. D., and Marie Johnson MS, CCC-SLP

Support for Breaking the SOUND Barrier is provided by:

Starting a Cochlear Implant Program  Heather Mabrey

Breaking the SOUND Barrier!