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Preventing “Premature Aging” of Young Ears from Noise (.3 CEUs; ABA Certificants: Tier 1)

Recorded On: 08/06/2014

Duration: 3 hours

Presenters: Brian J. Fligor, ScD

CEUs: .3 CEUs

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Tier 1 Credits available

Who Should Attend: Audiologists and Audiology students, school nurses, educators

Instructional Level: Intermediate
Program Focus: Knowledge

Learner Outcomes:
Upon completion, each participant in the Web seminar will be able to:
1. Describe risk for hearing loss from sound exposures that are routine in the lives of young people.
2. Interpret diagnostic data that might suggest early noise-induced hearing loss.
3. Recommend hearing loss prevention programs for young people.
4. Describe differences in noise-induced tinnitus reaction between adults and children.

Description:
Identifying and interpreting risk for noise-induced hearing loss and noise-induced tinnitus requires careful review by an audiologist, as the risks are real but the popular interpretation often misrepresents reality. This eAudiology Web seminar will describe many of the common sound exposures to which children and teenagers are exposed, and review the relative risk of noise-induced hearing loss from these exposures. Hearing screening and diagnostic testing sensitive for early noise-induced hearing loss will be reviewed, and recommendations for hearing loss prevention programs tailored to young people will be described. Specific attention will be paid to addressing noise-induced tinnitus in young people.

Brian J. Fligor, ScD, is Chief Audiology Officer at Lantos Technologies, Wakefield, MA, and President of Boston Audiology Consultants and Musicians Hearing Program, a private practice focused on hearing loss prevention and treatment for musicians. Prior to joining Lantos, Dr. Fligor was Director of Diagnostic Audiology at Boston Children's Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. He is adjunct faculty at Northeastern University and Salus University, a member of the Children's Oncology Group, and founder and past-chair of the Music-Induced Hearing Disorders Taskforce for the National Hearing Conservation Association. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Audiology 2009-2012. Dr. Fligor's publications on hearing loss risk from music received considerable popular media attention, including being spoofed on the David Letterman Show in 2005. His publications on ototoxicity were incorporated into the JCIH Position Statement (2007) and helped shape a new unified international chemotherapy ototoxicity grading scale. He holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and ScD in Audiology from Boston University.

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