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Grand Rounds: Pediatrics (0.2 AAA/Tier 1 CEUs)

Grand Rounds: Pediatrics

Brought to you by the AAA Foundation’s Educational Fund. Thank you to those who donated their AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo Conference refunds toward this educational fund.

Presenters: Eileen Rall, AuD; Gail Whitelaw, PhD; Joshua Huppert, AuD; Erin Schafer, PhD; Chrisanda Sanchez, AuD; Maddie Sicora; Ursula Findlen, PhD

Date: April 24, 2020, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET

CEUs: 0.2 AAA/Tier 1 CEUs

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Description: The practice of pediatric audiology is both an art and a science. In this grand rounds session, clinicians will share 5 unique cases highlighting aspects of clinical care of our youngest patients including professional collaboration, use of evidence-based practice guidelines, knowledge of genetic hearing loss and auditory challenges beyond reduced hearing sensitivity.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. Recognize the ways in which vestibular assessment/diagnosis within audiology can better inform vestibular rehabilitative treatment to be more patient/pathology specific.
  • 2. State the potential impact of tinnitus on academic achievement and how this may impact hearing/listening in the school setting.
  • 3. List auditory processing deficits that are common in children with autism spectrum disorder.


Eileen Rall, AuD

Clinical Coordinator, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Eileen C. Rall, AuD has been an audiologist at The Center for Childhood Communication (CCC) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) since 1995. She received her M.S. from Vanderbilt University in 1987 and an Au.D. from the CMU/VUBWC distance learning program in December, 2004. Along with clinical responsibilities, Eileen coordinates the multidisciplinary services for children with hearing loss offered through the CCC. Before working at CHOP, Eileen was an audiologist in both a general hospital setting and in a private ENT practice. In addition to working at CHOP, Eileen is the Development Chair for the Board of Trustees of The American Academy of Audiology Foundation. Eileen currently participates in all aspects of patient care within the department but has a special interest in pediatric amplification and supporting social emotional development of children with hearing loss.

Gail M. Whitelaw, PhD

Professor, The Ohio State University

Gail M. Whitelaw, Ph.D., is a clinical associate professor in the AuD program and the director of the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Her areas of clinical interest are tinnitus, auditory perception in children and adults, educational audiology, professional issues, and working with people with HD (hearing deficits--those with functional auditory complaints). Dr. Whitelaw is a preceptor for 2nd and 3rd year AuD students and also provides clinical services to patients at the OSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. She also serves as the audiology faculty member on the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disabilities (LEND) grant at the Nisonger Center at Ohio State. She has earned the Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification, and has both the CH-AP and CH-TM. Dr. Whitelaw received the Outstanding Educator Honors at the 2019 American Academy of Audiology conference.  

Joshua A. Huppert, AuD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology/Pediatric Audiologist, University of Miami Ear Institute-Children's Hearing Program

Joshua Huppert, AuD, is currently an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and clinical audiologist at University of Miami Ear Institute. He received his AuD from Pacific University. Dr. Huppert works serves as a pediatric audiologist for the Children's Hearing Program, a multi-disciplinary program involving audiology, psychology, social work, D/HH education, and otology.  

Dr. Huppert's clinical specializations include pediatric diagnostics, pediatric amplification (including traditional and bone-anchored hearing technologies), and pediatric vestibular. He is especially passionate about working pediatric patients with vestibular disorders and hopes, through his work, he is able to bring a greater awareness to both the prevalence and impact on quality of life these disorders can have on global development. 

Dr. Huppert currently serves as the Past-Chair for the Public Outreach Counsel for AAA.

Erin C. Schafer, PhD

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Audiology, University of North Texas at Denton

Dr. Erin C. Schafer is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Audiology at the University of North Texas, where she has been a faculty member since 2005. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2005. Her research programs focus on the assessment and (re)habilitation of adults and children with hearing loss and auditory disorders.

Disclosure: Phonak AG: Grant/Research Support, Speaker/Honoraria

Chrisanda M. Sanchez, AuD

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Audiologist, University of Miami Ear Institute - Children's Hearing Program

Chrisanda Sanchez, AuD, F-AAA, is an Assistant Professor and clinical audiologist at the University of Miami Ear Institute. She received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Florida. Dr. Sanchez works as a bilingual pediatric audiologist for the Children’s Hearing Program. 

Her clinical specializations include pediatric diagnostics, pediatric hearing aids, bone anchored devices, and pediatric cochlear implants. In addition to her clinical scope of practice, Dr. Sanchez serves as an educational audiologist at the UM Debbie School within their Auditory Oral program. Additionally, she works with the local children's hospital in serving as the pediatric audiology representative for their multi-disciplinary craniofacial team. 
Dr. Sanchez was awarded the Gail Gegg Rosenberg Award for excellent service and contributions towards advancing the field of pediatric audiology. She is passionate about working with the bilingual Spanish speaking population and is motivated to move the field forward.

Maddey Sicora, BS

Audiology Graduate Student, University of South Dakota

Maddey Sicora is a second year audiology graduate student at the University of South Dakota. She received her bachelors of science in communication sciences and disorders in May 2018 from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her current clinical interests include team based pediatric care and cochlear implants.

Ursula M. Findlen, PhD

Director of Audiology Research, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Ursula M. Findlen, Ph.D., is the Director of Audiology Research in the Division of Clinical Therapies- Audiology Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor-Clinical at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. She earned her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University. Dr. Findlen currently engages in clinical practice and research endeavors related to pediatric (re)habilitative audiology, particularly in regards to a multidisciplinary team approach to family-centered care. She is currently the chair of the Healthcare Relations Committee for the American Academy of Audiology and the President of the Ohio Academy of Audiology. Her research interests include infant diagnostics and improving outcomes of children with hearing loss through systematic quality improvement and population health endeavors.

Disclosure: Advanced Bionics, Inc. (Grant/Research Support)Nationwide Children's Hospital (Employment)The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Employment

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