If you happen to be in Chicago for the annual AudiologyNOW! convention, be sure to attend the Featured Session (FS113) on Establishing Sustainable Humanitarian Audiology Programs on Friday, April 8 from 8:00 to 9:30 am in Room 183B. Despite economic downturns, many indicators suggest humanitarian efforts are on the rise. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of information available on how to manage humanitarian audiology programs, including best practice guidelines.
A panel of seasoned humanitarians will present practical information on how to establish sustainable, not-for-profit programs related to humanitarian audiology. Moderated by A.U. Bankaitis, PhD of Oaktree Products, the panel of experts will include Dr. Ronald Brouillette, PhD, an audiologist with a doctorate in international rehabilitation administration who has practiced audiology in 23 countries and the co-editor of the popular textbook Audiology in Developing Countries; Dr. James Saunders, MD, a board-certified Otolaryngologist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center who has been engaged in personal annual philanthropic humanitarian programs in Nicaragua since 1998; and Dr. Jackie Clark, PhD, associate professor at UT Dallas’ School of Brain Behavior Sciences with a Research Scholar appointment at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. The panel will present an overview of global hearing loss, the purpose of humanitarian audiology, ear pathology and related treatment strategies in developing countries, and strategies in establishing and sustaining humanitarian audiology programs. This is a must see Featured Session for any audiologist interested in humanitarian efforts.