AuDacity 2020 - At-a-Glance

AuDacity 2019

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ADA Members: $250.00 • Non-Members: $300.00
IAA / IANZ Members can register online.

Keynote Speakers:

Bon Ku, M.D.

Bon Ku, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Health and Design and leader of the Medicine+Design initiatives at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.

Jose Colucci, Ph.D.

José Colucci, Ph.D.
Director of Research & Development of the Design Institute for Health (DIH), a collaboration between the Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.

ADA Sponsored Program
Friday, October 16, 2020 (NOTE: All times shown are Eastern Time USA)

08:00 AM - 08:45 AM

Early Bird Session 1: Comparing the Cost-Effectiveness of Provider-Fit versus Self-Fit Hearing Aids

Amyn Amlani, Ph.D.

08:45 AM - 09:30 AM

Early Bird Session 2: Diagnosing Dizzy: How Patient Care Builds Your Business

Robert Allen, Au.D.

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Wake up Call, Morning Coffee and Activities in Virtual Exhibit Hall and Career Fair

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

President’s Address and Keynote Presentation 1: Design Thinking in Health Care

Deb Abel, Au.D. and Bon Ku, M.D.

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Featured Presentation 1: Design Thinking in the Clinic

Alicia Spoor, Au.D., Kent Collins, Au.D., and Deborah Clark, Au.D. (Moderated by Kate Baldocchi, Au.D.)

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Bring Your Lunch to the Virtual Exhibit Hall for Special Activities, Career Fair, Networking Meetings, and Posters

12:15 PM - 01:00 PM

Featured Presentation 2: Design Thinking and Digital Storytelling

Lana Joseph Ford, Au.D., Paul Dybala, Ph.D., and Dawn Heiman, Au.D. (Moderated by D’Anne Rudden, Au.D.)

01:00 PM - 01:45 PM

Featured Presentation 3: Advocacy to Support a Design Thinking Approach to Care

Honorable Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland (Moderated by Tom Tedeschi, Au.D.)

01:45 PM - 02:15 PM

Break in Virtual Exhibit Hall, Career Fair, Posters, Special Entertainment, and Virtual Networking

02:15 PM - 03:00 PM

Featured Presentation 4: ADA Student Business Plan Competition

Jade Faulkner, Miranda McDonnell and Renee McDowell

03:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Featured Presentation 5: Industry Leadership Panel Part 1

Sara Burdak, Au.D., Sheena Oliver, Au.D. and Jason Mayer (Moderated by Karl Strom)

03:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Break in Exhibit Hall

04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Featured Presentation 6: Industry Leadership Panel Part 2

Randy Baldwin, Joe Alden, Au.D. and Patty Greene, MA (Moderated by Karl Strom)

04:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Keynote Presentation 2: Better Health Care through Design Thinking

José Colucci, Ph.D.

05:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Welcome & Recognition of Representatives from Independent Audiologists Australia & Independent Audiologists New Zealand

05:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Featured Presentation 7: The Adoption of DTC Hearing Aids: Using the COM-B Model to Understand Why Accessibility and Affordability are not Enough

Brent Edwards, Ph.D.

06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Roving Reception & Happy Hours in the Virtual Exhibit Hall, Career Fair, and Networking Lounge

07:30 PM - 08:00 PM

Hearing loss and cognitive decline: Can hearing aid use delay cognitive decline or even improve cognition?

Julia Sarant, Ph.D.

Independent Audiologists Australia and Independent Audiologists New Zealand Sponsored Program
Friday, October 16, 2020 (NOTE: All times shown are Eastern Time USA)

08:00 PM - 09:15 PM

Down Under Presentation 1: Advocacy — Living Audiology

Elaine Melville, BHlthSc, RN, GradDipAud, MAudSA(CCP), Rachel Magann Faivre, Au.D. and Jeanie Morrison-Low, Au.D. (Moderated by Louise Collingridge)

09:15 PM - 09:45 PM

Lunch and Virtual Networking in the Exhibit Hall

09:45 PM - 11:15 PM

Down Under Presentation 2: Using Evidence in the Clinic

Isabelle Boisvert, Ph.D., MPA, Au.D(c), MAudSA, Sophia Kramer, Ph.D. and Corinne Walsh, Ph.D., MAAPD (Moderated by Louise Collingridge)

11:15 PM - 11:45 PM

Afternoon Tea and Lunch Down Under, with Virtual Networking and Games

11:45 PM - 01:00 AM

Down Under Presentation 3: Paediatrics

Shannon Perreira, BNurs, GradCertChild & AdolHlth, MClinAud and Joel Coultas, Au.D.

01:00 AM - 02:00 AM

Break in the Virtual Networking Lounge

02:00 AM - 02:45 AM

Rebroadcast of Keynote Presentation 1: Design Thinking in Healthcare

Bon Ku, M.D. with live chat discussion

02:45 AM - 03:30 AM

Rebroadcast of Featured Presentation 1: Design Thinking in the Clinic

Alicia Spoor, Au.D., Kent Collins, Au.D., and Deborah Clark, Au.D. (Moderated by Kate Baldocchi, Au.D.) with live chat moderated by IAA and IANZ

03:30 AM - 04:30 AM

Break in the Virtual Networking Lounge

04:30 AM - 05:15 AM

Rebroadcast of Featured Presentation 2: Design Thinking and Digital Storytelling

Lana Joseph Ford, Au.D., Paul Dybala, Ph.D., and Dawn Heiman, Au.D. (Moderated by D’Anne Rudden, Au.D.) with live chat moderated by IAA and IANZ

Saturday, October 17, 2020 (NOTE: All times shown are Eastern Time USA)

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Design Thinking Problems and Prototypes in Audiology, Next Steps, Group Discussions

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

ADA Member Business Meeting

11:00 AM - 02:15 PM

Workshop 1: Audiology Student Track


Workshop 2: The Third-Party Administrator Dilemma: To Participate or Not Participate? That is the Question!

Kim Cavitt, Au.D.


Workshop 3: Getting in ‘Synch’ With Your Patients via Telehealth

Dave Fabry, Ph.D., Kent Collins, Au.D. and Andrea Hannan Dawkes, Au.D.


Workshop 4: Ethical Considerations for Audiologists

Michael Page, Au.D.

02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

OAA Member Business Meeting

02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Industry Experts/Product Showcase


04:00 PM - 07:15 PM

Workshop 5: Accessible Care for Cochlear Implant Patients

Ginger Grant, Au.D.


Workshop 6: Student Education Workshop

04:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Workshop 7: Amplify Your Impact: Personal Styles and Learning to Listen

Robert Traynor, Ed.D., MBA., David Citron, III, Ph.D., Victor Bray, Ph.D.

Plus Additional On-Demand Sessions!


Clinical Practice: Taking the long roads or the shortcuts

Erica Koehler, Au.D. and Jack Scott, Ph.D.


Control Yourself! Hands-On Smartphone Security & Privacy for Audiologists

Josiah Dykstra, Ph.D.


Falls, Balance Training, and Your Business

Justin Burwinkel, Au.D.


Five Things I Wished All Audiologists Knew About Internet Marketing

Paul Dybala, Ph.D.


Getting it Right: Hiring for Culture and Employee Engagement

Ernest Paolini, B.A.


Incorporating Humanitarian Audiology in Your Practice

Deborah Clark, Au.D. and Jane Baxter, Au.D.


Merging Traditional Patient Acquisition with Advanced Online Marketing Techniques. What Every Small Practice Needs to Know

Dawn Heiman, Au.D.


Moving from HAEs to CNAs

Alicia Spoor, Au.D.


Privacy and Protecting Your Practice

Joe Gellatly


The Best Time to Plant a Tree was 20 Years Ago, the Second Best Time is Now. Preparing for Your Eventual Exit

Scott Myatt


Tinnitus - Connecting the Dots

Adriana Russ, Au.D.


Hamilton CapTel - Current Crises, Future Opportunities: The Audiology Profession at the Crossroads

Harvey Abrams, Ph.D.

AuDacity 2020 Invites Participants to Think Outside the Box and the Ballroom

On October 16-17, 2020, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), the Independent Audiologists Australia (IAA), and the Independent Audiologists New Zealand (IANZ) will bring together audiologists, students, and industry leaders from around the world for a shared virtual experience that will allow participants to learn and network in unexpected and delightful ways.

AuDacity 2020: Forge Ahead and Forge Ahead Down Under will challenge assumptions about the framework and format for interactive conferences in this era of social distancing by eliminating geographic, time, and spatial boundaries.

AuDacity is also pleased to welcome the Colorado Academy of Audiology, Kentucky Academy of Audiology, Louisiana Academy of Audiology, Massachusetts Academy of Audiology, Oregon Academy of Audiology, Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology, South Carolina Academy of Audiology, and the Washington State Academy of Audiology as participating organizations. If you are a member of one of these organizations, contact them for your special discount code to get the ADA member rate.

The AuDacity Agenda: Design Thinking and AuDiology

AuDacity 2020 will demonstrate why and how audiologists can integrate design thinking with evidence-based practice to enhance patient outcomes. The AuDacity general session mainstage will feature a view from the forefront of design thinking in healthcare from innovators in the field, as well as crisp, practical presentations from audiologists and industry experts who are successfully using design thinking in clinical, business, and professional initiatives to optimize patient care and improve customer satisfaction.

Mainstage programming and structured networking activities will run consecutively for 21 hours, from 8:00 a.m. Eastern time USA on Friday, October 16th until 5:00 a.m. Eastern time USA on Saturday, October 17th to accommodate delegates from around the world. After a brief programming hiatus, the agenda will pick-up again on Saturday with the ADA Member Business Meeting, the Audiology Student Track and other live specialty business and clinical workshops, which will be held throughout the day. In addition to the exceptional live programming, all attendees will have access to more than 30 hours of on-demand recorded sessions.

Exhibit Hall Live Hours:
Friday, October 16, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Eastern time USA.

Attendees will be able to return to the exhibit hall for 30 days post event to download information and materials.

AuDacity Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Connect with your customers at AuDacity 2020. Reach customers around the world without leaving your office. Brand your customizable exhibit booth and upload digital information that attendees can put in their virtual briefcase. Talk to your customers live using group chat, individual chat, and individual audio and video conferencing capabilities (great for live demos). Learn more.

Sponsorship opportunities for AuDacity 2020 offer impact and value. Increase engagement and build brand awareness, without increasing your budget.

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Friday, October 16, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Eastern time USA.

Participate in the AuDacity Career Fair

The AuDacity Career Fair will make the most of the opportunity to bring audiologists, students, company representatives, and practice owners together to exchange information in an innovative virtual space. Audiologist and student extern candidates will be able to learn about career opportunities and position openings. Employers will be able to set-up and conduct walk-in or scheduled interviews via private chat, audio and video conferencing.


AuDacity 2020 Sponsors

Care Credit
Hamilton Captel
Hearing Health