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Diagnostics and Amplification for Infants and Toddlers: Idaho

Idaho’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program and the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) are partnering to offer an exciting training opportunity for audiologists. This training will enhance knowledge and skills in the assessment of hearing loss in infants and provide strategies to ensure appropriate amplification and intervention for infants and toddlers with hearing loss. The training combines 8 weeks of online preparation with a four-day on-site session emphasizing clinical procedures and hands-on practicum.

A workshop presentation in progress

June 6th to 9th, 2012 (Wednesday to Saturday)
Idaho State University, Meridian
1311 E. Central Drive
Meridian, ID 83642

Online Instruction: Required before attending on-site training

Weekly readings and case studies will increase theoretical and clinical knowledge. The reading list includes current related information regarding diagnostics, amplification and intervention for infants and young children. The course textbook is the Objective Assessment of Hearing by Dr. James Hall, and De Wet Swanepoel. Additional reading material will be available on the website. Material will be discussed during weekly chat sessions with mentors. Questions may be posted on a webbased bulletin board. Participants will be required to successfully complete an online exam to measure their understanding of the background information after the chat room sessions have been completed.

Chat Room Details

All participants will be asked to participate in a conference call prior to the start of the online instruction. During that call, you will be introduced to your online mentor and briefed on procedures for the online chats. Technical requirements for the online chats are a computer with Internet access, i.e. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla or similar web browser, and willingness to participate. You DO NOT need to be a computer “guru” to be able to participate effectively in the online portion of this workshop.

onsite instruction, participants working on audiological equipment

Chat Room Dates

Exact days and times will be arranged to meet the needs of the participants.

  • Week of: April 9th, 2012 - Conference Call.
  • Week of: April 16th, 2012 Online.
  • Week of: April 23rd, 2012 Online.
  • Week of: April 30th, 2012 Online.
  • Week of: May 7th, 2012 Online.
  • Week of: May 14th, 2012 Online.
  • Week of May 21st, 2012 Online.
  • Week of: May 28th, 2012 Online.

(Additional conference call, chat rooms and times may be arranged, depending on the needs of the group.)

Online Exam

The online exam will be available at the end of the week of May 28th, 2012. Participants who are familiar with the material in the text and the readings and have participated in the chats should have no difficulty passing this exam.

Technical Assistance

You will be provided with a link and telephone number to assist you with any computer related problems or questions. Your online mentor may be contacted for questions regarding workshop content or materials.

On-site Instruction

Four days of clinically-based presentations by Dr. James Hall, Mr. Shane Moodie, Dr. Diane Sabo, Dr. Terry Foust, Ms. Erika Blanchard, Dr. Karen Ditty, and others. Hands-on experience with the clinical diagnostic equipment and amplification selection for infants will be provided.

Dr. James Hall

Dr. James Hall

Dr. James Hall will discuss:

  • Timely, appropriate diagnosis.
  • Anatomy and physiology of the infant auditory system.
  • Electrophysiological results in pediatric clients.
  • Otoacoustic emissions in pediatric clients.
  • ABR—click and frequency specific measures.
  • Bone conduction measures.
  • Use of sedation with infants.
Dr. Diane Sabo

Dr. Diane Sabo

Dr. Diane Sabo will discuss:

  • Behavioral assessment of infants & children.
  • Cochlear implants for infants and children.
  • Assisting parents in the decision making process.

Mr. Shane Moodie will discuss:

  • Evolution and application of the DSL method.
  • The importance of RECD in infant fittings.
  • The use of ABR data in the DSL method.
  • Validation of hearing instrumentation.
  • Variables to consider in fitting amplification.
Mr. Moodie

Shane Moodie

Dr. Ditty, Dr. Foust and Ms. Blanchard will discuss:

  • Validation Process.
  • Report writing.
  • Communication options
  • Early Intervention approaches.
  • Working within the EHDI system.

Hands-on Experience

Breakout hands-on sessions will afford you the opportunity to apply procedures discussed during the didactic sessions. Equipment specialists and mentors will be available to help guide you.

Practicum Experience

Each participant will be asked to complete diagnostic evaluations for three infants using the protocols presented in the course, and to submit a written report for each. Practicum mentors will read each report and provide helpful feedback. Participants and mentors will work together to arrange practicum situations that meet the participant’s individual needs.

Registration Information

Register Online. Training Registration Fee: $150.
Registration has been extended to March 30th
Early registration is encouraged, since enrollment is limited to 50 participants.
For questions regarding registration, please contact Dr. Karen Ditty at 832-455-6261.

This special opportunity is offered to you courtesy of a grant from the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Registration fee includes course materials, online preparation, and on-site training with breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks each day. Hotel will be covered for those audiologists coming from outside of Boise. (Hotel coverage is limited to the first 35 registrants—preference will be given to Idaho audiologists.)

American Academy of Audiology (AAA), Continuing Education Credits

Application has been made for American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Continuing Education Credits. This course will offer a total of 40 hours (4 CEU’s) of continuing education credit. Application has also been made for Tier 1 CEUs

On-site Hotel Location

Special hotel rates of just $75 per night (+ tax) are available at:

TownePlace Suites in Meridian
1415 South Eagle Road
Meridian, Idaho, 83642

Rooms must be reserved by May 21st, 2012 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.


  • Area Airports: Boise - BOI
  • Airport Phone: 1 208 343 8761 Hotel direction: 8 mile(s) SE
  • Airport shuttle service, on request, complimentary
  • Estimated taxi fare: 20.00 USD (one way)

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule this event if an insufficient number of registrations are received. In the event of a cancellation, registration fees will be refunded.