Otometrics/Audiology Systems, Taastrup, Denmark, successfully hosted their 2017 Audiology Systems University (ASIu)—an exclusive two-day course, the company announced. Introduced in 2015, the course is designed specifically for second- and third-year students who are currently enrolled and completing courses towards their doctorate in audiology (AuD). According to Otometrics/Audiology Systems, the 2017 event was a major milestone for ASIu, as this was the first time that invitations were extended nationwide.
The event took place April 20 and April 21 at the Otometrics/Audiology Systems corporate headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill. and included 24 students from nine universities across the country: Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin Madison/Stevens Point, The Ohio State University, University of South Florida, University of the Pacific, University of Colorado Boulder, Arizona State University, and A.T. Still University.
“We are very excited to host our third Audiology Systems University,” said Brianna Young, AuD, clinical support audiology supervisor at Audiology Systems and coordinator for the event. “Our educational offerings are developed in close collaboration with audiologists who collectively have more than 100 years of clinical experience. We want to extend this experience to students and give them the opportunity to learn more about the field of audiology in a non-traditional way.” Audiology Systems University allows students to network, learn about other audiology career paths—aside from the clinical practice—,and receive hands-on head video head impulse (vHIT), vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP), and probe microphone measurement (PMM), or real ear training.
Young continues: “We had three main goals for this event: To make ourselves as accessible as possible to the students, give attendees insight into the manufacturing side of the industry, and give students the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops that they might not have access to in graduate school.” She adds: “In addition, we discussed topics like private practice audiology and how to complete hearing aid verification utilizing probe microphone measurements. We believe Audiology Systems University has and will continue to serve as a valuable educational opportunity that is not otherwise currently available in our industry today for audiology students.”
Students could also ask questions and hear first-hand about career paths from a panel of audiologists. The Audiology Systems panel featured Mona Dworsack-Dodge, AuD, director of audiology and market management, Kathleen Hill AuD, Wendy Switalski, AuD, field development audiology manager, Jack Scott, PhD, field development audiologist, and clinical support audiologists Keeley Moore, MA and Brianna Young, AuD. It also featured Otometrics Product Manager Dana Helmink, AuD, as well as Jennifer Schumacher, AuD, global audiology with GN ReSound.
Audiology Systems also had the privilege of having Kristen Janky, PhD as the featured lecturer for the third consecutive year. Janky is the director of vestibular services at Boys Town National Research Hospital, and not only discussed her background and journey in the audiology profession, but also presented a two-hour lecture about video head impulse testing (vHIT) and vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) testing. She then facilitated a hands-on workshop on how to complete vHIT and VEMP testing.
Source: Otometrics/Audiology Systems