Audiology SystemsA two-day audiology student workshop hosted by Audiology Systems and Otometrics gave students expert insight into the audiology profession. Audiology Systems, a US distributor of GN Otometrics products such as Aurical, Madsen, and ICS, has launched Audiology Systems University, a two-day course developed specifically for students who are currently enrolled and completing courses towards their doctorate in audiology. Audiology Systems announced that the inaugural event took place on April 16 and 17 at the Audiology Systems corporate headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois. The event included 20 students from three local universities: Northern Illinois University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Audiology Student Workshop

Audiology Systems University’s inaugural audiology student workshop drew 20 students.

“We are very excited to host this new and unique event for students by introducing Audiology Systems University,” said Kathleen Hill, AuD, an audiology education manager at Audiology Systems. “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 in a non-traditional way.”

Audiology Systems University allows students to network and learn about audiology career paths beyond clinical practice, among other things, the company reports.

“These students are the future of audiology,” said Brianna Young, AuD, clinical support specialist at Audiology Systems, and coordinator of the event. “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 address the state of hearing healthcare today.”

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Dr Janky’s hands-on demo of video head impulse testing.

Young added that during the event they also discussed topics like product management, the process of how to release a product to market, and leading edge vestibular assessment testing, such as video head impulse testing. The company hopes this course and future courses will serve as a valuable resource for increased industry knowledge and learning for audiology students.

Audiology Systems reports that students were also given the opportunity to 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; Jeanette Fitzke, AuD, field audiologist; Angela Flores, consultant; and Erica Kohler, global audiology with GN ReSound.  The panel also featured clinical support specialists Keeley Moore, MA; Maggie Boorazanes, AuD; and Brianna Young, AuD. It also featured Otometrics product managers, Wendy Crumley-Welsh, MS, CCC-A; Jill Craig, MA; and Dana Helmink, MA.

Audiology Systems invited two guest speakers to present their background and journey in the audiology profession. Kathy Ulrich, AuD, a private practice audiologist, presented tips on delivering quality patient care and reviewed best practices for hearing aid verification and validation. Kristin Janky, PhD, a director of vestibular services at Boystown Research Hospital, facilitated a three-part presentation that covered why and how she obtained her PhD, how to diagnose vestibular disorders with the ICS Impulse, and a hands-on session on video head impulse testing (vHIT).

For more information about Audiology Systems course offerings for audiologists and hearing care professionals, visit the Audiology Systems website.

Source: Audiology Systems