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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 $75 for the entire day. Registration includes a hot buffet lunch.

2019 Conference Agenda

times and speakers subject to change

​8:00 am–8:20 am:      Check-In and Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:20 am-8:30 am:       Welcome and Introductions Shannon Bramlette  Au.D

8:30 am–9:30 am:      “Updates in Cochlear Implant Research”  David S Haynes, MD, FACS

9:30am-10:30am:  “Helping Children Succeed: Identifying the Need for Therapy”     Ginger Jones  SLP, C-AVT

10:30 am-10:50 am:  Break and Exhibits (Vendor Hall)  

10:50Am-12:00PM     “The Continuum of TSD Outreach Services Supporting Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Students Birth to 22”  Alisa Weeks B.S.  0-5 Coordinator Tennessee School for the Deaf

12:00pm-1:00 pm:     LUNCH   (Hot Buffet Lunch Provided)

1:00pm - 2:00 pm:  “Treatment Strategies for Unilateral hearing loss”. Amanda Cooley AuD       

2:00pm-3:00pm       “Speech Therapy Strategies for Unilateral Hearing Loss” -  Marie Johnson, M.S. CCC-SLP, C-AVT

3:00 pm–3:15 pm:     Break and Exhibits (Vendor Hall)  

3:15 pm–4:15: pm:  “Listening Effort: The daily struggle for kids with hearing loss” - Marcy Lau, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A

4:15: pm-5:00     Hearing Loss Panel Discussion: Melissa Blake, Reece Townsend


Breaking the SOUND Barrier!

Conference on Pediatric Hearing Loss 

With a special focus on Cochlear Implants

September 13, 2019 Kingsport TN

MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center

1901 Meadowview Pkwy, Kingsport, TN 37660