Welcome to Ear Science Education: Hearing Implant Series 2021/2022
Join us for our Education Series on Hearing Implants designed to support clinicians in maintaining clinical excellence and optimised hearing care for all clients. This series will cover the cochlear implant journey with a focus on complex referrals and bimodal management.
Hearing Implant Series 2021/2022 is designed for the practical application of learning outcomes. You’ll develop your knowledge of cochlear implant candidacy criteria, referral pathways and clinical outcomes, giving you increased confidence to discuss hearing device options with your clients and complete complex referrals. With a focus on bimodal management, you will further your clinical knowledge of programming options for bimodal recipients to maximise hearing outcomes.
Education Series Structure and Support
Gain exclusive access to ongoing education from now until June 2022 with an in-person workshop & bimonthly research updates. This Ear Science Education Series has been designed for the busy clinician, offering a unique and flexible way to access CPD points.
The Hearing Implant Series 2021/2022 includes:
- Online workshop from 6:30 to 8:00pm Thursday 26th May 2022; and
- Bi-monthly ‘Translating the Science’ research updates available online, offering you the flexibility to complete this in your own time around work and other commitments.
- Workshop | 1.5 non-endorsed points
- Translating the Science | 1 non-endorsed point per session.
Australian College of Audiology
- Workshop | CEP Endorsement
3 points | Approval Number 202155
- Translating the Science Session 1 | Dr Bec Bennett: The Social and Emotional Impacts of Hearing Loss.
2 points | Approval Number 202162
- Translating The Science Session 2 | Dr Cathy Sucher: A multi-center analysis of factors associated with the hearing outcome for 2735 adults with Cochlear Implants.
- 1 Point | Approval Number 2022103
Guiding your clients through the journey: From saying ‘yes’, to rehabilitation and bimodal management
In this workshop, we will discuss a pragmatic approach to the underlying factors impacting decision making when considering cochlear implants and the importance of shared care in optimising outcomes for bimodal clients.
This is an interactive workshop, participants will be involved in case discussions and be mentored by experienced implant audiologist facilitators.
Thursday 26th May 2022
- 6:30pm | Welcome & Introduction
- 6:35pm | Factors influencing decision making for cochlear implant candidates and the importance of shared care for bimodal clients (Presentation)
- 7:10pm | Bimodal management: Your questions answered (Panel discussion with audience involvement)
- 7:30pm | Case Study 1 & 2 (Facilitated group discussion)
- 8:00pm | Finish
- Dr Cathy Sucher | Senior Implant Audiologist and CI Research Lead, Ear Science Implant Clinic
- Ronel Chester-Browne | Clinical Coordinator, Senior Implant Audiologist, Ear Science Implant Clinic
- Steffanie Cohen | Implant Audiologist, Ear Science Implant Clinic
- Confidently discuss the cochlear implant journey
- Identify and apply knowledge of candidate and medical considerations associated with cochlear implantation.
- Apply clinical knowledge relating to the programming options for bimodal clients to maximise hearing outcomes
Workshop Presenters & Panel Experts
Dr Cathy Sucher, Senior Implant Audiologist and CI Research Lead, Ear Science Implant Clinic
Dr Cathy Sucher currently works as a CI Research Lead and Senior Implant Audiologist at the Ear Science Institute Australia, and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. She has over 20 years of international and national experience working in paediatric and adult rehabilitative audiology with both hearing aid and hearing implant experience and audiology-related research.
Cathy is passionate about combining her clinical experience with innovative translational clinical research at the Ear Science Institute Australia with the aim to improve the hearing outcomes and quality of life of people with hearing impairment.
Ronel Chester-Browne, Clinical Coordinator, Senior Implant Audiologist, Ear Science Implant Clinic
Ronel has been involved in Cochlear Implantation for the last 28 years. Ronel has been working at the Ear Science Institute, Ear Science Implant Clinic, as Clinical Coordination and Senior Implant Audiologist for the last 11 years.
She became a member of the Pretoria Cochlear Implant Program in South Africa in 1993. Her experience includes complex audiological assessments, implant candidacy assessments, device activation and management, programming and rehabilitation of cochlear implant devices.
She is very involved in education and training of university students and other professionals in the field of implantable hearing devices and has been involved in several research projects.
Steffanie Cohen, Implant Audiologist, Ear Science Implant Clinic
Steffanie holds Speech Pathology and Audiology qualifications from Curtin University and the University of Western Australia. Since joining Ear Science Institute Australian in 2014, Steffanie has extensive experience in adult rehabilitation ranging from Lyric, hearing aids and cochlear implants. Given her experience and increasing number of bimodal clients, Steffanie is uniquely positioned in her understanding of the considerations and challenges associated with management of bimodal clients. Steffanie is committed to client centered care and is passionate in helping clients reconnect to the world of sound through her own experience with family and hearing loss.
Online & On-Demand: Translating the Science
Our Translating the Science research updates will be available bi-monthly for you to access on-demand.
Once uploaded, these research updates will be available for the duration of the Education Series allowing easy and flexible access to the latest research in hearing care.
These updates provide an opportunity for you to ask questions from some of Western Australia’s most influential researches about the journal articles they have published. With this knowledge, you will have the confidence to apply these learnings to your clinical practice.
These sessions provide a source of non-endorsed CPD points.
It’s made a big difference and it’s changed my life in big ways.
The cochlear implant is as close to a miracle that you will ever experience.
“I had never heard water, splashing, underwater…anything. But that sound when you go under, it’s unreal. I almost cried.”
After switch on, the feeling was brilliant. Being able to hear things from all directions was a new sensation. Hearing the seatbelt slide over my shoulder was something that I had never heard before. It was the little, subtle things that made the biggest impact. There is a mentor program in place to assist people with their decisions by speaking to previous recipients.
“I have found the bone anchored hearing aid truly life changing; it has profoundly altered my self-perception and allowed me to do so much more. I would strongly encourage anybody thinking about a bone anchored hearing aid to have the trial band fitted and take it from there.”
“This is the best training day I have ever attended. I loved the ENT/Surgical treatment information. It is so relevant to my clinical work. The subjects were so diverse and the opportunity was there to discuss questions with the presenters.”
“Professor Atlas has been wonderful with such a commitment to giving the gift of hearing and creating the Ear Science Institute. He said my surgery went well. He and his team noting Ms Steffanie Cowan were very thorough in their assessments and gave me information that I have never bern given in nearly fourteen years.”
Anne Marie Lopez
“It has made a huge positive difference to my life and has been a dramatic improvement from the hearing aids. Over the years, I have told many people the same thing, to go ahead and do something about it if you are using hearing aids and they just aren’t good enough. Go ahead and consider a cochlear implant because it makes a big positive difference.”
Professor Russell F. Waugh
“From 2014 – 2019 I really struggled with life and it was looking like I would need to retire. Not only was it affecting my work, but I couldn’t hear a word my grandchildren were saying to me. I had about 10% hearing in one ear and 46% in the other. The experience has been life-changing. I may now possibly be eligible for one in the left ear. I can hear my grandchildren now so it’s lovely.”
I dropped a pen on my desk to my amazement I heard the pen hit the desk and roll-over! This may sound simple and maybe not even earth shaking but I heard it with the Cochlear! I am truly grateful for the help that you and everyone at Ear Science, Subiaco Gwelup and Joondalup have given to me.