James Madison University

The Ruth Symposium in
Audiology & Hearing Science

Friday & Saturday, October 6-7, 2017

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The symposium content is aimed at providing the practicing audiologist with knowledge of contemporary issues involved in the identification, diagnosis & management of hearing and balance disorders.  All sessions will take place at James Madison University.

2017 Keynote Speaker

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Mario A. Svirsky, Ph.D., Vice Chair of Research and Professor at NYU School of Medicine

Keynote: Extent and limitations of auditory plasticity in adult cochlear implant users
Saturday: Integration of electrical and acoustic stimulation in cochlear implant users with residual hearing.

Financial: Employed by New York University and receives a salary. Maintains a research contract and has received technical support. Equipment loans, and has had transportation/lodging covered for conference attendance by Cochlear Americas. Received an equipment loan and technical support from Advanced Bionics. Receiving an honorarium from James Madison University for the 2017 Ruth Symposium.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

2017 Invited Speakers

Lisa L. Cunningham

Sherri L. Smith, Au.D., Ph.D.,Audiology and Speech Pathology Service Chief, Mountain Home VA Healthcare System, Tennessee; Associate Professor, East Tennessee State University, Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

Presentation Title: Measuring working memory in audiologic evaluations

Financial: Employed by East Tennessee State University and receives compensation for teaching. Employed by the VA and receives a salary.

Nonfinancial: AJA Editorial Board Member and treasurer of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology


PHOTO: Erin Piker

Bradley W. Kesser, M.D., Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Pediatrics, and the University of Virginia School of Medicine

Presentation Title:
What Do We Do With the Child with Unilateral Hearing Loss?

Employed by The University of Virginia and receives a salary. Receives royalties from Nasco, Inc.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.



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Mark Gabriele, Ph.D., Director of Anatomy, Neuroscience Program Coordinator, and Full Professor in the Department of Biology at James Madison University

Presentation Title: Contrasting Neural Maps in the Midbrain Inferior Colliculus

Financial: Employed by James Madison University and receives a salary

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.



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