Topic Areas: Hearing, Balance, Tinnitus - Assessment and Intervention: Adult

Topic Chairs: Jason Thomas

Content Area: Audiology

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include those that focus on all aspects of hearing, balance, and tinnitus from diagnostics to intervention in adults.  Submissions may include human and animal studies, behavioral and electrophysiologic tests for hearing, balance, and/or tinnitus, options for management as well as any prevention programs interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes specific to hearing, balance and tinnitus in adults should also be included in this topic area.


  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of auditory function and tinnitus as they apply to assessment and intervention
  • Models of auditory function, tinnitus and hyperacusis as they apply to assessment and intervention
  • Computer-based and other technologies for rehabilitation interfaces for hearing and tinnitus
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

Professional Education

  • Selection, evaluation, orientation and follow-up, electroacoustic measurements, programming and maintenance with assistive listening devices (ALDs), hearing protection devices, hearing aids, cochlear implants and other implantable devices for adults only
  • Intervention/rehabilitation for hearing loss among adults, including surgical and medical management
  • Assessment/intervention for balance disorders
  • Adaptive and alternative communication systems for adults with hearing loss and their families
  • Communication strategies for adults with hearing loss and their families
  • End-of-life communication support for adults with hearing loss and their families
  • Cerumen management in adults
  • Occupational/industrial hearing conservation programs
  • Ototoxic monitoring programs
  • Engineering/technological innovations related to rehabilitation of hearing loss or tinnitus
  • Counseling adults with hearing loss, tinnitus, or hyperacusis and their families
  • Rehabilitation for tinnitus among adults, including surgical and medical management
  • Impact of hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis on psychosocial function
  • Impact of hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis on vocational function
  • Impact of hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis on family function
  • Cultural and linguistic and interprofessional factors in the rehabilitation for adults with hearing loss, tinnitus
  • Intraoperative monitoring of auditory, cranial nerves, somatosensory, and motor systems’ function
  • Physiologic and electrophysiologic procedures to study auditory systems
  • Evoked potentials, PET, fMRI, otoacoustic emissions
  • Acoustic calibration and National/International standards
  • Effect of Listening Effort

Related Topics

Proposals involving this population but with a primary focus on:

  • Hearing/tinnitus/vestibular science should be submitted to the Hearing,Tinnitus and Vestibular Science topic area.
  • The use of telepractice in the delivery of service that include technology-based approaches and outcomes at the system level should be submitted to Telepractice topic area.
  • Topics on clinical and research approaches and methods for cochlear implants and implantable devices should be submitted to the Audiology Implantables topic area.

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