Audiology Hackathon Series to Promote Awareness and Action

Beginning July 23, 2017, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) will host a 3-part online Audiology Hackathon series to bring audiologists, students, consumers, and other experts together virtually, for the purpose of addressing specific issues, and to foster greater awareness and action around hearing health as a public health concern.

Inspired by recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine’s (NASEM) 2016 Report, Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability, the Audiology Hackathon Series seeks to form a large community of contributors to apply the most focused possible effort, in a concentrated timeframe, on a singular issue.

“The audiology hackathon will provide a mechanism for all interested parties to come together and harness their creativity and passion towards the greatest good,” said ADA executive director, Stephanie Czuhajewski. “Our goal is to generate as many ideas as possible, over a short duration of time, and then to synthesize and share the information in the broadest way to benefit audiologists, consumers and other stakeholders.”

How the Audiology Hackathon will work:

  • Each session will allow teams and individuals to contribute to solve a shared problem or achieve a shared goal over 72 hours.
  • Participants will “hack” away at the specific problem in a collaborative fashion. There will be platforms to share ideas, articles, and resources.
  • There is no minimum time commitment, only the commitment to contribute your thoughts and ideas on topic. Participants may come in and out of the session as needed over the three-day duration. The session will run continually, allowing global participation.
  • You may register for all sessions, or register for single sessions. You may register individually or register an entire team (there will be multiple “virtual rooms” for collaboration).
  • All of the tools and resources developed through the hackathon will be shared with the entire audiology community and stakeholders.
  • All sessions will be conducted remotely using whiteboard and video conferencing software.

The Audiology Hackathon will run the following dates:

Audiology Hackathon Part 1: Messaging to Move the Masses
July 23rd-25th, 2017

During this session, participants will develop elements of a public education campaign to raise awareness about the importance of audiology, healthy hearing, and early intervention for hearing loss.

Audiology Hackathon Part 2: Creating Common Hearing Health Metrics for Consumers
August 18th-20th

Consistent with recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine, the second part of the Audiology Hackathon series will focus on the development of a consumer-based metric to enable individuals to understand and track their communication abilities and hearing needs, and to create a consumer-oriented format for disseminating the audiogram and other hearing test results to patients.

Audiology Hackathon Part 3: OTC and Me
September 15th-17th

During the final session, participants will develop a strategy and a step-by-step process for incorporating and marketing over-the-counter (OTC) amplification products in a private audiology practice.

Please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski at sczuhajewski@audiologist.org or visit www.audiologist.org/hackathon for more information about the Audiology Hackathon.

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