Audiology is a rapidly advancing field, and it can be challenging to keep up! Join audiologist and clinical assistant professor Dr. Dakota Sharp, Au.D., CCC-A, on his journey to interview colleagues and experts about all things audiology and communication. Together, you’ll explore the techniques, new insights, and challenges that come from the study and treatment of hearing and balance. Each episode of On the Ear is worth .1 ASHA CEU for audiology after completing the accompanying audio course, visit SpeechTherapyPD.com/Ear for more to start earning.
Episode 7: Navigating Unilateral Hearing Loss as an Audiologist with Single Sided Deafness - Sofia Roller, AuD
Guest: Sofia Roller, AuD - Dr. Roller describes her experience as a clinical audiologist with congenital single sided deafness (SSD), and its impact on her patient experience and clinical technique. She discusses current options for patients with unilateral hearing loss (UHL), including CRoS and bone-anchored hearing aids, as well as offers counseling tips to help patients become better self-advocates.
Episode 6: Expanding Candidacy for Pediatric Cochlear Implants - Lisa Park, AuD, CCC-A
Guest: Lisa Park, AuD, CCC-A - Dr. Park reviews the progression of pediatric cochlear implant candidacy, including research that has led to modern expanded indications. She discusses current candidacy guidelines, the challenges of insurance coverage, and how families can be counseled through the cochlear implantation process.
Episode 5: Successfully Collaborating with Interpreters - Kelly Murphy, AuD
Guest: Kelly Murphy, AuD - Dr. Murphy shares her experience working with interpreters as a pediatric audiologist. She describes best practices for working with interpreters, provides critical insights and advice from her personal experience, and includes specific cases that proposed a complex challenge for interpretation.
Episode 4: The Critical Role of Undergraduate Research in CSD - Erin Piker, AuD, PhD, CCC-A
Guest: Erin Piker, AuD, PhD, CCC-A - Dr. Piker describes her current lab structure, where CSD undergraduates, AuD students, and PhD students work collaboratively to conduct vestibular research. She explains the importance of undergraduate involvement in research, both for future SLPs and Audiologists. Additionally, she provides helpful insights into her research on the connection between diabetes and the vestibular system.
Episode 3: Listening and Learning to Read: The Impact of Hearing Loss on Literacy - Krystal Werfel, PhD, CCC-SLP
Guest: Krystal Werfel, PhD, CCC-SLP - Dr. Werfel discusses her current research regarding the acquisition of literacy for children with hearing loss who use spoken language. Her studies examine what early literacy skills look like for children with hearing loss, how minimal hearing loss (often undetected) can impact reading skills, and considerations for these children in a post-COVID-19 world.
Episode 2: Reaching Those in Need: Mobile Pediatric Audiology - Melanie Morris, AuD, CCC-A
Guest: Melanie Morris, AuD, CCC-A - Dr. Morris and Dr. Sharp discuss Georgia’s new Mobile Audiology Program, which seeks to identify, diagnose, and treat the most underserved children across the state. She and her interdisciplinary team work to aid the populations most at risk of late identification: low income areas, rural areas, and ESL families.