This virtual conference series will engage and inform audiologists /students and related professionals interested in evaluation and management of CAPD for clients across the lifespan.  The conference series will focus on:

1. The role of auditory evoked potentials including cABR/FFR in evaluation

2. Novel intervention strategies including ARIA and other computer based or virtual options.

At the completion of the conference series participants will have the background, theoretical knowledge, and necessary protocols/tools and resources to translate knowledge and skills learned into their clinical practice.



Conference Dates



Conference 3: Virtual Applied Evaluation and Intervention Techniques including cABR/FFR, ARIA, computer based and Virtual Options

May 13th , 2022: 9:00 a.m - 4:15 p.m. CST

May 14th, 2022: 9:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m. CST


Conference 1: Measurement of Central Auditory Processing Skills (CAPD)

February 4th, 2022: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST

Conference 2: Intervention for Functional Auditory Deficits including CAPD

March 4th, 2022: 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

Continuing Education Credits


ASHA and AAA are available to individuals who attend the conference live.

We are not able to offer CEU credits for attendees who are unable to attend live and are viewing the conference material after the date. 

Conference Schedule

Conference 3: Virtual Applied Evaluation and Intervention Techniques including cABR/FFR, ARIA, computer based and Virtual Options
May 13th, 2022
cABR/FFR - How to do it through interpretation and report writing 
Presented by: Laura Polich
Time (CST)  Title
9:00 - 9:30 Waveforms To Look For
9:30 - 10:30 Measuring the cABR
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:40 From Acquisition To Analysis
11:40- 12:00 Diatec Presentation
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 Review of Analysis
1:30 - 2:00 Neural Signatures
2:00 - 2:30 2020 Testing Summary
2:30 - 3:00  Report Writing
3:00 - 3:15 Break
 3:15 - 3:45 Case Studies
3:45 - 4:15 Analyzing the Data In Front of You
Conference 3: Virtual Applied Evaluation and Intervention Techniques including cABR/FFR, ARIA, computer based and Virtual Options
May 14th, 2022
Time (CST)  Title Description Speaker
9:00 - 10:00 ARIA and Value of cABR in Evaluation Treatment Outcomes   Debbie Moncrieff
10:00 - 10:15 Open Discussion
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:30 Computer Based Intervention with Applications for CAPD and Peripheral Hearing Impairment   Nancy Tye Murray
11:30 - 11:45 Open Discussion
11:45 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 The Role of Amplification in Treating CAPD  This presentation will provide an overview of the value of amplification in the treatment of CAPD. Studies demonstrating the beneficial neuroplastic effects of amplification with remote microphone hearing aid systems with be reviewed and new research results on optimal amplification dosage will be presented. Trends with be discussed. A recent study shows benefit of open - fit low - gain hearing aids for adults with normal audiograms but there is debate over this technology solution for children. Research indicates that there are similar benefits of CAPD treatment for many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Bill Keith
1:30-1:45 Open Discussion
1:45-2:05   Phonak Roger applications for CAPD  
2:05-2:25 Hearing Technology and Children with Functional Hearing Difficulties Dave Gordey 
2:25-2:30    Questions & Answers Period  
2:30-245    Break   
2:45-3:15 From Evaluation to Interventions to Outcomes - Case Studies from the Real Word Audiology Clinic Moderator - Debbie Davis Tricia Nechodom
3:15-4:00 Identifying reg flags and solutions for hearing problems beyond the audiogram We want anyone who walks through our doors with a hearing problem to walk out with a hearing solution. While most audiologists are familiar with diagnosing and treating hearing loss, far fewer know what steps to take for a person with a normal audiogram and complaints of hearing problems. During this lecture, Angela will take you through a step-by-step process on identifying red flags for auditory processing problems in people with and without hearing loss to give you ideas on potential solutions for clients with hearing problems beyond the audiogram.
This lecture will include free tools, case study videos, and demonstrations of auditory training to improve auditory processing abilities in clients with and without hearing loss. If the ears are the hardware, the brain is the software. We need both to work well to have a great user experience. It's time to level up our game.
Angela Loucks Alexandra
4:00 - 4:15 Open Discussion
4:15 - 4:30 Wrap up and Closing remarks Charlotte Douglas
Conference 1: Measurement of Central Auditory Processing Skills (CAPD)  
February 4th, 2022
Time (CST) Title Speaker
  Intro and Land Acknowledgement Kendra Usunier
8:00 - 9:30 What can auditory evoked potentials add to the diagnostic battery? Steve Aiken
9:30 - 9:45 Open Discussion
9:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:30 Incorporation of the cABR/FFR and other electrophysiological assessments in evaluation of auditory function across the lifespan Most young children have trouble hearing in background noise to some extent, but this difficulty is especially apparent in children who have been diagnosed with central auditory processing disorders (CAPD) or other language-based learning difficulties. Similarly, older listeners often notice difficulty hearing in challenging environments, especially in comparison to their younger friends or relatives. Deficits in the brain’s ability to accurately represent the frequency and timing components of the speech signal can affect speech understanding. Therefore, electrophysiological (EEG) assessments of neural speech processing may provide insight into the factors that contribute to auditory processing difficulties. This presentation will discuss how EEG measurements may be used to better understand reported listening difficulties that cannot be explained by the audiogram. Clinical implications for neural speech processing deficits will be reviewed. Samira Anderson
11:30 - 11:45 Open Discussion
11:45-1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 Incorporating cABR into the clinical protocol  Laura Polich
2:30 - 2:45 Open Discussion
2:45 - 3:00  Break
3:00 - 4:30  Pros and Cons of Usuing Evoked Potentials as Tools for Diagnosis Debbie Moncrieff
4:30 - 4:45 Open Discussion
4:45 - 5:00 Closing Remarks Debbie Davis
Conference 2: Intervention for Functional Auditory Deficits including CAPD
March 4th, 2022
Time (CST) Title Description Speaker
  Intro and Land Acknowledgement Kendra Usunier
1:00 - 2:00 Evidence-based Practice in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Central Auditory Processing Disorder Drawing on the New Zealand Guidelines on Auditory Processing Discorder, the presentation will discuss the evidence-base for various tests and treatments for auditory processing disorder (APD)
Diagnostic topics will include advantages and limitations of potential objctive measures (electrophysiological evoked responses, acoustic reflexes) and trends in test development and functional assessment
Treatments will be reviewed under the three key treatment groupings of auditory training; amplification; and language and literacy therapies.
Bill Keith
2:00 - 2:15 Open Discussion/Question & Answer Period
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:30 Auditory Processing in Person-Centered Integrated Care for Older Adults Age-realted changes in auditory processing are associated with numerous psychological (e.g. dementia, depression), physical (e.g. falls) and social (e.g. loneliness, isolation) health issues.
Age-related changes in auditory processing can affect functioning in many acoustically, informationally, and sociallly demanding situations in everyday life. This WHO guidance on person-centered integrated care for older people will be used to reframe a health promotion approach to rehabilitation and accessibility to maintain function for older adults experiencing age-related changes in auditory processing.
Kathy Pichora-Fuller
3:30 - 3:45 Open Discussion/Question & Answer Period
3:45 - 4:00 Break
4:00 - 5:00 Individualized Treatments for Specific Functional Deficitis of Auditory Processing   Debbie Moncrieff
5:00 - 5:15 Open Discussion/Question & Answer Period
5:15 - 6:30 Supper
6:30 - 7:45 Panel Discussion 

Bill Keith
Kathy Pichora-Fuller
Debbie Moncrieff
Paul Mick            Natalie Phillips


7:45 - 8:00 Closing Remarks TBA

Conference Speakers

Dr. Laura Polich is the owner of a private audiological practice, Portland Auditory Processing Diagnostics or Portland APD, specializing in the evaluation of auditory processing disorders which she opened in 2008. Portland APD draws clients – both children and adults -- from the whole state of Oregon, as well as the southwestern portion of Washington State. Dr. Polich received her Master’s in Audiology from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to starting Portland APD she was a clinical audiologist working with all types of hearing loss, and she also taught audiology at the college level.

Dr. Bill Keith is a New Zealand audiologist. He received his PhD in audiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas under the mentorship of Professor James Jerger. He has been involved in the development of hearing services in New Zealand throughout his career. He has worked on such widely divergent projects as a sonar device for the blind and on-board communication systems for Team New Zealand’s Americas Cup yachts. Until recently Bill chaired one of New Zealand’s two cochlear implant programmes.

Bill is engaged in auditory processing disorder (APD) research at the University of Auckland and is lead author of the New Zealand Guidelines on Auditory Processing Disorder. He also runs SoundSkills, specialist model multi-disciplinary clinic for children and adults with APD, which he established to redress the lack of APD services in New Zealand.

Bill is a recipient of the Queen’s Service Order award for public service and the American Academy of Audiology International Award in Hearing.

Dr. Kathy Pichora-Fuller is Professor Emerita in Psychology at University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. She was a guest professor in the Linneaus Centre for Hearing and Deafness Research at Linköping University in Sweden (2010-2014). She translates her experimental research on auditory and cognitive aging to address the rehabilitative and communication accessibility needs of older adults with age-related hearing and cognitive impairments, with a focus on social engagement and healthy aging. She has won numerous awards, including the International Research Award from the American Academy of Audiology and Eve Kassirer Lifetime Achievement Award from  Speech-Language and Audiology Canada. Currently, she is President of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology, the audiology expert for the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, and is working with the International Federation on Ageing on a new initiative on “Hearing in Later Life”

Dr. Samira Anderson is an associate professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland. After 26 years as a clinical audiologist, she pursued a Ph.D. in Auditory Neuroscience at Northwestern University to better understand the hearing difficulties experienced by her patients. Dr. Anderson’s research focuses on the effects of development, aging and hearing loss on Central Auditory Processing and neuroplasticity using electrophysiology as her primary assessment.

Dr. Debbie Moncrieff joined the faculty as assistant professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Memphis in 2018. Dr. Moncrieff received her BA in English Literature from the University of Rochester, and after raising three children, returned to graduate school and received her MS in Audiology and PhD in Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has served in tenure-track and clinical faculty positions at the Universities of Florida, Connecticut and Pittsburgh, changing locations to expand her understanding of auditory processing disorders in children across diverse populations. In addition to behavioral techniques, she has utilized multi-channel electrophysiologic techniques and functional brain imaging to explore the neurophysiologic underpinnings of auditory processing disorders. Her research has been funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Lions Hearing Research Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Steve Aiken is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication Disorders and Sciences, and the Departments of Surgery, Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. He has practiced as a clinical audiologist and as an in-house audiologist in the hearing industry. He is a director of the Hearing Foundation of Canada and is the associate editor of Canadian Audiologist. His research focuses on the assessment of peripheral and central auditory function using electrophysiological measures, measures of noise-induced hearing damage in humans and the use of speech-evoked electrophysiological responses for hearing aid verification.

Dr. Nancy Tye-Murray, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO and the CEO of Amptify, a digital hearing healthcare C-Corp ( Dr. Tye-Murray directs the University’s Audiovisual Speech Perception laboratory, which has ongoing funding from the National Institutes of Health. Her research focuses on treatment plans for those who have hearing loss and on the cognitive mechanisms underlying audiovisual speech perception. She is the author of Foundations of Aural Rehabilitation (5th Edition), an introductory text book that is used around the world, and the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications. Prior to her move to Washington University, she was Director of Research at The Central Institute for the Deaf.

Dr. Angela Loucks Alexander, Audiologist, has spent fifteen years specializing in diagnosing and treating Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), a hearing difficulty with less to do with the ears and more to do with the brain. Despite significantly affecting potential and well-being, many of those affected are unaware of the condition, let alone their treatment options. Angela is only the second Audiologist to ever give a TEDx talk and has given the first to speak on Auditory Processing Disorder.Her talk "Escaping the Hidden Prison of Auditory Processing Disorder" was the most watched TEDx worldwide in September 2021. She is the host of the Between Two Ears podcast and founder of Auditory Processing Institute, where she trains audiologists and speech-language pathologists to provide APD services. She has also created an online, searchable map to help clients find the help they need at

Bio coming soon.

Dr. Mick is a pediatric and adult neuro-otologist in Saskatoon, Canada where he directs the Saskatchewan Cochlear Implant Program. His research focuses on the epidemiology of age-related sensory loss, and in particular, connections between sensory and cognitive functioning. He conducts research as part of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). Dr. Mick completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of British Columbia and sub-specialty fellowship training at the University of Toronto. He holds a Masters’ degree in Public Health from Harvard University. 

Dr. Natalie Phillips (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie, 1996) is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Concordia University, and holds the Concordia University Research Chair (Tier 1) in Sensory-Cognitive Health in Aging and Dementia.  She is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist and teaches in the area of human and clinical neuropsychology.


Dr. Phillips studies the neuropsychology of healthy aging and Alzheimer disease.  She examines the relationship between our senses and our cognitive abilities and language processing in older adults, including those who are bilingual.  Dr. Phillips is one of the principal developers of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a cognitive screening instrument used around the world for the assessment of mild cognitive impairment.  She is the Associate Scientific Director of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA,, which is Canada’s national research consortium on dementia.  She is the lead academic neuropsychologist for CCNA’s COMPASS-ND study (Canada’s largest study of dementia), and she is founding leader of CCNA Team 17, which examines issues of sensory health and cognitive function in older adults with or at risk for dementia.

Dave Gordey, Ph.D., has been a pediatric audiologist for twenty-seven years. Dave is the director of pediatric audiology and research for Oticon and is the past president of the Canadian Academy of Audiology. Dave currently is an adjunct professor at Western university. Dave’s current research projects include pediatric hearing aids, bone conduction devices and children, unilateral hearing loss, and the social and emotional development of children with hearing loss.


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