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Audiology Committee ( other resources )

Series of webinars celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd Dec 2020

Talk 1:

Auditory processing disorder: From advocacy to consensus

 Prof. Suzanne C Purdy, Dr. Bill Keith and Ms Leonie Wilson: Zoom ink

Professor Suzanne Purdy is Head of Speech Science in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland and Principal Investigator in the University of Auckland Centre for Brain Research (CBR). Her academic background is in psychology, speech science and audiology and she has research interests in communication disorders, auditory processing, hearing and neurological conditions. Current research includes largescale studies of hearing and auditory processing in young people in the Pacific Islands Families Study and adults in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. She is also investigating links between mild cognitive impairment and hearing and the use of objective EEG and neuroimaging measures for evaluating auditory function in a range of studies including infants, children and adults.

Dr Bill Keith received his PhD in audiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas. He has been involved in the development of hearing services in New Zealand throughout his career. Bill is engaged in APD research at the University of Auckland and is lead author of the NZ Guidelines on Auditory Processing Disorder. He also runs SoundSkills, a specialist model multi-disciplinary clinic for children and adults with APD, which he established to redress the lack of APD services in New Zealand. Bill was awarded a QSO for public service and is the recipient of the 2011 American Academy of Audiology International Award in Hearing.


Talk 2:

Environmental chemicals and potential risks to our hearing

Prof. Thais Morata: Zoom ink

Thais C. Morata is a Senior Research Audiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US.  She has published and lectures extensively in the United States and abroad.  Her pioneering research in the area of noise and ototoxicants has contributed to international occupational safety and health policies.  She is currently devoting time to the goals of improving the communication of science to the public through new media and promoting the adoption of evidence-based health practices.


 Talk 3:

A survey on the global situation of newborn and infant hearing screening

Prof Katrin Neumann: Zoom link

Professor Katrin Neumann, M.D., is Director of the Dept. of Phoniatrics and Pedaudiology at the University Clinic of Münster, Germany. Her research focuses are: examination of speech, language, and hearing processes with neuroimaging techniques, implementation of newborn hearing screening, language screenings for children, and of a neonatal CMV screening, diagnostics and intervention programs for children, population medicine in pediatric audiology, nature and treatment of stuttering, signal analysis in voice physiology and pathology, singer´s voice, diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation of children with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other hearing implants. She has published more than 240 original articles, review articles, monographies, medical guidelines, and book chapters.


Talk 4:

Universal newborn hearing screening and its role in preventing language and literacy disability

Prof. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano: Zoom link

Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, Professor Emerita, Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, Research Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Visiting Professor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Centre for Deaf has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, Maternal & Child Health, the Office of Special Education, Office of Education and National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research since the early 1980s, to study predictors of language (semantics, syntax, pragmatics and phonology), social-emotional, cognitive and auditory  outcomes of infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Talk 5:

Hearing across the life course and the relevant recommendations of the World Report on Hearing 

Dr. Shelly Chadha: Zoom link   

An otolaryngologist and public health expert, Shelly Chadha leads the global programme on hearing loss at the World Health Organization. She is responsible for shaping the global hearing health agenda, undertaking advocacy and providing technical support to national governments in the development and implementation of ear and hearing care plans.

Major initiatives led by her include: the World Hearing Day; the Make Listening Safe initiative; the World Hearing Forum and the World Report on Hearing.


Acknowledgement Certificate & Letter from WHO