Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder Conference 2012

Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder Conference 2012

Diagnosis and Management of Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorders Conference, All Children's  Hospital, St Pete, Florida

We’ll be live blogging from the upcoming Conference on the Diagnosis and Management of Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorders (ANSD), hosted by USF Professor Charles Berlin and Vanderbilt Professor Linda Hood, this Thursday through Saturday March 15th through 17th at All Children’s [sic] Hospital in St Petersburg, Florida.

Topics covered include:
• Results and Outcomes from more than 500 ANSD Patients
• Hearing Aids vs. Cochlear Implants
• Cortical Evoked Potentials
• Newest Developments in Trans-Tympanic ECochG
• Speech Language Management

You can follow developments on Twitter by using the #ANSD hashtag & by following @ANSD2012

On the docket are the following sessions: Just click the links below for the separate blog entries, as they become available…
• The Pathophysiology and Clinical Presentation of Auditory Neuropathy/Dys-Synchrony, by Charles Berlin PhD
• Hyperbilirubinemia and Bilirubin Induced Neurological Disease (BIND), by Steven Shapiro MD
• Sample Case Presentations and Discussions, by Courtney Oliszewski AuD, Sybil Faylo AuD & Bridget Rickman AuD
• Differentiating ANSD from Central Auditory Processing Disorders and the Use of Cortical Evoked Potentials in ANSD, by Thierry Morlet PhD
    For more on cortical potentials as discussed, please see Cortical Reorganization and Cross-Modal Plasticity in Children with Cochlear Implants: Clinical Implications by Dr Anu Sharma
• Cochlear Implants in Infants & Children with ANSD, by Kirsty Gardner-Berry PhD
    [Kirsty is coming all the way from Sydney Cochlear Implant Center, and we are looking forward to hearing her views on the Nucleus vs HiRes 90k vs i100 implant circuits.]

• Genetics of Hearing Loss in General and auditory neuropathy/auditory dyssynchrony (AN/AD) in Particular, by Melissa Crenshaw MD
• Hands-on Practice Session in Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) and Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Testing, by Kathy Slifer AuD
    [We’re looking forward to this one, and will have pictures.]
• Pediatric Grand Rounds: Hyperbilirubinemia, by Steven Shapiro MD
• Variation in Detection and Discrimination Abilities in AN/AD: Implications for Management; by Linda Hood PhD
• Managing Infants with ANSD During the First 12 Months of Life – Let’s Not Just “Wait & See,” by Kirsty Gardner-Berry PhD

• The All Children’s Hospital Cochlear Implantation Process, Selection and Management, by Peter Orobello MD, Kathleen Wasylik MD, Anne Oliver MA, & Shelly Ash MS
• Hearing Aids, vs. Monaural vs. Binaural Cochlear Implantation Results in Speech and Language Acquisition, by Susan Spirakis AuD
    [We’re looking forward to this one too, and will have questions regarding differing findings from Mike Dorman & his bimodal studies.]
• Little Patient, Big Doctor: My Journey and Experiences with Big Doctors vs Children as Patients, by Haleh Rabizadeh-Resnick JD
    [Haleh was the subject of the controversial report   Don’t let a doctor destroy your baby’s hearing on CNN]

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Dan Schwartz

Electrical Engineer, via Georgia Tech


  1. Jean Banner
    March 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    If ANSD is suspected in older children would it be more suitable to carryout a resting ABR, sedated ABR or Cortical test, as an objective measure.
    Enjoy the conference
    Jean Banner – Audiologist

    • Dan Schwartz
      March 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Jean, when you say “older children” do you mean ones that can sit still for the ABR, so that you don’t get muscle artifacts?

      Also, when you say “cortical tests” can you please define it, i.e. do you mean in the 8-to-80 mSec time window?

  2. melinda
    March 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    what about the parent panel, that is always good info

    • Dan Schwartz
      March 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      The parent panel is later Saturday afternoon, after Haleh Resnicks’ presentation.

  3. melinda
    March 16, 2012 at 7:57 am

    So, i assume you did not include the parents because you think they do not have important info…….we learned a great deal from them in the past conferences.

    • Dan Schwartz
      March 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Since I deal with adults, the parents sections were not helpful for me. For most of the attendees, in fact it was helpful.

  4. Kristin Vance
    March 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Any chance there are PowerPoint slides for these presentations? I wasn’t able to attend / follow along during work hours, but would absolutely love to review the material and share with my colleagues. Thank you!

    • Dan Schwartz
      March 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Yes, I will have the presentations probably tonight mirrored on this website: I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by the tsunami of information; and will catch up Sunday after the conference is over.

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