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29th Virtual PRAT Grand Rounds: Hearing Loss & Hearing Assistance Technologies

Program ID : EE0003.110416.15
Webinar Length of Time: 1.5 hour

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Elaine Mormer, PhD., CCC-A
Elaine Mormer, Ph.D., CCC-A is an Assistant Professor and Audiology Clinical Education Coordinator in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches undergraduate and graduate audiology courses and serves as a clinical educator for AuD students. Dr. Mormer has presented continuing education programs at several national and international conferences on a variety of topics related to clinical education, aural rehabilitation, and evidence-based practices. Her research interests focus on evidence based clinical education practices and patient centered outcomes in audiological treatment. Dr. Mormer has served on the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Disorders (CAPCSD) Conference Planning Committee for two years and she is a member of the CAPCSD Clinical Education Task Force.

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.


This webinar will provide a base of information on hearing loss and technologies that can be used to assist a user with such conditions. It will cover the anatomical and physiological components of hearing and hearing loss and will discuss common disabilities associated with hearing loss and what causes them. Viewers will grasp the functional losses experienced by an individual with hearing loss as well as learn about devices that can maximize function.

Learning Objectives

Upon attending this seminar, participants will be able to:



  1. Mormer, E., Ortmann, A., Palmer, C., & Seelman, K. (2007). Maximizing Participation for People with Hearing Loss. In Cooper, R., Hisaich, O., and Hobson, D., (Eds.), An Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering (pp. 315-337). New York: Taylor and Francis.
  2. http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/FM-Systems/
  3. Chisolm, T. H., Noe, C. M., McArdle, R., & Abrams, H. (2007). Evidence for the Use of Hearing Assistive Technology by Adults: The Role of the FM System. Trends in Amplification, 11(2), 73–89. http://doi.org/10.1177/1084713807300879
  4. Thibodeau, L. (2014). Comparison of Speech Recognition With Adaptive Digital and FM Remote Microphone Hearing Assistance Technology by Listeners Who Use Hearing Aids. Am J Audiol, 23(2), 201-210. doi: 10.1044/2014_AJA-13-0065.
  5. http://www.hlaa-rochester-ny.org/Hearing_Accessibility_Handbook_OctF_12_15.pdf

CEU Registration and Cost

(0.15) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for viewing (1.5) hours of instruction.

The cost for the webinar is ($59.00)

Instructions to Obtain CEUs

To pay for the webinar and receive CEUs click on ‘Sign Into RSTCE Database  

  1. Enter user name and password or create new profile
  2. Select Webinars
  3. Select Webinar Registration
  4. Select: EE0003.110416.15: Hearing Loss & Hearing Assistance Technologies
  5. Select on method of payment (i.e. credit card, check, coupon code) and hit continue
  6. Submit payment

A payment confirmation will be sent via e-mail. (Allow 30 minutes for the database to process payment and send confirmation).

  1. After confirmation received and webinar viewed, log back into database and Select Post Tests and Evaluations
  2. Select and complete the Webinar Post Test
  3. Return back and Select Post Tests and Evaluations
  4. Select and complete the Webinar Evaluation

You will receive your CEU Certificate via e-mailed as a PDF file (Please allow 30 minutes for the database to process your certificate and send it to your e-mail)

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions.

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Updated | 12.13.2016