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Connected in Connecticut 2021

Connected in Connecticut Annual Conference - Fall 2021

Morning Session - Shari Eberts

The Patient’s Perspective: A Workshop for Audiologists on Person-Centered Care and Hearing Loss Advocacy

People with hearing loss approach each audiologist appointment with both trepidation and high hopes. We wonder: Will the audiologist take the time to focus on the communication challenges most important to me? Will I walk out with tools and skills that enhance my ability to live my life fully? Will I find a partner in my hearing care? After this interactive session, your patients will be answering yes to each of these questions.

Learner Outcomes

1.  Apply person-centered care to enhance the patient's desire and ability to hear his or her best.
2.  Describe tangible ways to enhance your relationships with your patients to improve hearing outcomes.
3.  Apply best practice patient management techniques to improve patient satisfaction and referrals.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Shari Eberts
Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate and the founder of Living With Hearing Loss, an online community for people living with hearing loss. She serves on the Board of Hearing Loss Association of America. Her E-book, Person-centered Care from the Patient’s Perspective, details her experience living with an adult-onset genetic hearing loss.

Relevant Financial: No Relevant Financial Relationships to disclose
Relevant Non-Financial: Hearing Loss Association of America – Member, Board of Directors

Afternoon Session -Doug Beck, Au.D.

Issues in Clinical Audiology: 2021

In clinical audiology, in 2021, some professionals continue to practice based on knowledge and standards from the World War II era. To be clear, the profession has advanced, new knowledge has been acquired, and although nobody likes change, change is inevitable. In this class we will review some of the rationales and protocols of practicing to Best Practice Guidelines in accordance with AAA, ASHA, BSA, and IHS with regard to Speech In Noise, Real-Ear Probe Mics, Listening and Communication assessments and more. We shall explore the role of the audiologist (and new developments) with regard to Cognition, Dementia, Amplification and related matters.

Learner Outcomes

1.  Participants will be able to recite the Signal-to-Noise Ratio required for people with normal thresholds to correctly repeat half the words (aka “the SNR-50.”).
2.  Participants will be able to name two reasons why people with normal thresholds might do very poorly in background noise.
3.  Participants will be able to list two significant problems with “Monitored Live Voice (MLV)” testing.

Instructional Level: Intermediate


Doug Beck, Au.D.
Dr. Beck began his career in Los Angeles at the House Ear Institute in cochlear implant research and intraoperative cranial nerve monitoring. By 1988, he was Director of Audiology at Saint Louis University. Eight years later he co-founded a multi-office dispensing practice in St Louis. In 1999, he became President and Editor- In-Chief of, and

Dr. Beck joined Oticon in 2005. From 2008 through 2015 he also served as Web Content Editor for the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). In 2016 he became Senior Editor for Clinical Research at the Hearing Review and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Communication Disorders & Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 2019, he was appointed Vice President of Academic Sciences at Oticon. Dr. Beck is among the most prolific authors in audiology with 188 publications and more than 1250 abstracts, interviews and op-eds.

Relevant Financial: Salary - Oticon
Relevant Non-Financial: Professional - Senior Editor, Hearing Review. Adjunct Professor of Communication Disorders, SUNY AB

The Connecticut Academy of Audiology is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of .6 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy’s Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

This Continuing Education activity represents 6 Tier 1 continuing education hours toward the American Board of Audiology™ recertification requirements.

This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs
(Intermediate level; Professional area).

Friday, October 15, 2021, 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM
Sheraton Hartford South
100 Capital Blvd
Rocky Hill, CT  06067

860 257-6000
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Stephanie Bakewell
Conference Payments
Jennifer A Micacci
CTAA Event
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Cancellation Policy:
If this event takes place, refund requests minus a $40 administrative fee will be honored if a written request is received by October 8, 2021. Please send cancellation requests to:

Stephanie Bakewell, Au.D.
Two Pomperaug Office Park - Suite 307
Southbury, CT 06488