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In-Person Conference

April 13 & 14, 2023
Hilton Garden Inn | Lincoln, NE

| 4/13 
5:30 - 6:30 | Janie York - NW Territory Governor - HIS Updates
6:30 - 8:30 | Dinner and education with Starkey
8:30 - 9:30 | Cameo Rogers - Dementia Care in Health Care Settings

Friday Morning | 4/14 
7:15 - 7:45 | Registration and breakfast
7:45 - 8:00 | Meeting called to order
8:00 - 9:30 | Wynne Whyman & Kristy Kurtz - Looping and telecoil technology
9:30 - 9:45 | BREAK
9:45 - 10:45 | General business meeting
10:45 - 12:00 | Kim Davis - Nebraska Department for the Deaf and Heard of Hearing

12:00 - 1:00 | LUNCH

Friday Afternoon | 4/14 
1:00 - 2:30 |
Nicholas Pitt - Rowing in the Same Direction - Creating Scalable Systems to Grow your Practice Technology (7-min break included)
2:30 - 3:30 | Round Robin
3:30 - 5:30 | Nicholas Pitt - Exactly What to Say (7-min break included)

Audiometer calibrations will be available all-day Friday, 4/14

Our meeting room will be looped! If you are a user of hearing aids, be sure to have your telecoils activated to take advantage of this loop, donated by www.hasloops.com!


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Deadline to register is

April 5, 2023

Hotel Information:

Hilton Garden Inn
801 R St, Lincoln, NE 68508

ph: (402) 475-9000

NOTE: When booking your room, be sure to mention you are part of the NHS conference, to receive our block room price of $119/night! 

Block pricing goes through April 5, 2023

Speakers include:

Kim Davis:
Essential Resources for Your Toolbox -
This workshop will share a wealth of resources to add to your toolbox when serving patients who seek additional community programs and services, communication and technology accommodations, and ways to empower themselves on coping with or educating others about hearing loss. 

Presenter Bio - Kim Davis has been deaf since birth.  She has provided public speaking, workshops and training for the past twenty years; has served on several national, regional, state and local committees and councils; and served as an individual and systematic advocate.  Kim currently works for the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Lincoln as an Advocacy Specialist.  Her passion is collaborating with individuals and groups that seek to explore effective ways to enhance accommodations through the use of technologies and communication services and to promote self-advocacy, self-sufficiency and independent living skills.  On Kim’s free time, she can be found treasuring precious moments with her fiancé, three grown children and four grandchildren.


Wynne Whyman and Kristy Kurtz: 
New Tools to Help Your Hearing Loop Advocacy - Have you ever thought that hearing loop advocacy tools, guidelines, and support could help you get more loops in more venues? The HLAA Get in the Hearing Loop Program team is excited to announce our new Handbook and Guidebook. These booklets join our other hearing loop advocacy toolkit items to help hearing loop advocates successfully champion hearing loops throughout their communities.
All are available free for anyone to download anytime.

Telecoils in the Modern Hearing Aid - Telecoils have been a part pf hearing aids almost from the beginning of hearing amplification. In the age of modern digital hearing devices, this long-used technology may seem out of date. However, telecoils are just as relevant today as they were decades ago. This session will provide a historical review of telecoil technology, telecoil utilization in current hearing aids and research illustration the benefits of telecoil use in looped environments. A brief introduction to other wireless technology options will also be provided.

Learning Outcomes - After this session, attendees will:
   - Know how telecoils work in hearing aids.
   - Know various options for configuring telecoils in today's modern hearing aids.
   - Be able to identify the benefits of telecoil use in looped environments.


Nicholas Pitt:
Exactly What to Say – The Magic Words for Influence and Impact in the Hearing Healthcare Profession
Length: 1 - 1.5 hours | Level: All
Abstract: Quite often, the difference between success and failure in your practice can be pinpointed to the compounded impact of your conversations. Words matter and understanding how you can use language to control a conversation is certain to provide you a fair advantage in many of your daily interactions. Whether you are looking to lead your team, are in a complex conversation with a patient or negotiating with a supplier – knowing the right things to say, in the right way and at the right time is certain to have an instant positive outcome on your results. This thought-provoking session will have you enthralled from the very start as you discover the power that language has over the subconscious brain, gain practical examples that you can apply instantly and learn how the “Magic Words” from the best-selling book, EXACTLY What to Say, are applied to your specific business-critical situations.  

Rowing in the Same Direction – Creating Scalable Systems to Grow your Practice Technology
Length: 1.5 hours | Level: Intermediate & Advanced
Abstract: From identifying top talent to creating a belief system that unifies all stakeholder towards a common goal, this presentation provided immediate, actionable items, as well as a framework upon which practices can build a foundation for future growth.

Cameo Rogers
Dementia Care in Health Care Settings - Objectives:
Identify PBREATHE acronym and how behavioral expressions manifest out of unmet needs.
   - Demonstrate the use of evidence-based non-verbal communication and the use of clear speech technique during offered role play scenarios.
   - Discuss 3 opportunities for improvement to current staff training, competencies, or tools to enhance current operations when supporting people living with memory loss.

Presenter Bio - Cameo Rogers, CTRS, CDP, CDCM, CADDCT is a recreational therapist and dementia educator. Cameo serves as the Corporate Life Enrichment Manager for Immanuel in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a sought-after speaker and presents at the state and national level regarding implementation of communication and engagement strategies to support individuals living with dementia. She was recognized as the 2017 National Certified Dementia Practitioner of the Year and was published in the peer-reviewed textbook “Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation” regarding best practices in recreational therapy to serve older adults. Cameo serves along with Miekka Zanders as Co-Owner of the gerontology focused “Kickin’ Podcast,” with a mission of “Sharing wisdom through conversation.”


Hearing Re-engineered from the Inside Out (2-hour session)

At Starkey, we firmly believe that better hearing is best served at the hands of the hearing professional. We come to work every day focused on helping professionals deliver the highest quality of patient care. Starkey’s newest hearing ecosystem is the latest manifestation of that focus — where we started “from the beginning” and undertook a mission to redefine the future of hearing health. Our goal was not just incremental improvements but rather breakthrough benefits. This session will provide an overview of the latest breakthrough in hearing technology from Starkey. How Starkey leveraged the neuroscience of the brain-ear connection and the information processing that creates better sound quality will be provided. Details of the new product line and features with be discussed. Along with insight into new programming software, patient-focused mobile app and Starkey’s industry-leading health & wellness features.
Learning Outcomes: After this session, attendees will...
- Know what styles are available in the latest Starkey product line.
- Be able to identify the fitting process int the latest Starkey fitting software.
- Be able to identify the main function of the latest Starkey patient-focused mobile app. 

Membership Only Printable Application

IHS Member Advantages and IHS Member Application

This program is approved by the International Hearing Society and its educational committee, the International Institute for Hearing Instruments Studies.