2019 IHS Annual Conference


Wyndham Springfield City Centre
700 E Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Book your $99 room HERE!
Block Code:  02227027HS
Conference rate cut-off is February 8

You’re invited to join us!

February 22 – 23, 2019 in Springfield Illinois

Attend the 2019 Illinois Hearing Society Annual Conference and hear the latest information from our industry’s top speakers. We will discuss topics such as how to thrive in a Post-OTC world, industry best practices, Tinnitus, and cerumen management.

Exceptional Educational Opportunities!

  • See Nationally acclaimed speakers and get 11 Continuing Education Credits  (including required ethics)
  • Meet and socialize with leaders in the industry
  • Networking Reception with Silent Auction & IHS AfterDark event
  • Luncheon with the latest news from the Statehouse and the International Hearing Society

Your Checklist for the New Year!

  1. [Renew your IHS Membership] at the new REDUCED rate!
  2. [Register for the IHS Conference] on February 22nd & 23rd!
  3. [Book your Room] and secure the $99 room rate!

2019 IHS Conference – Schedule at a Glance

Friday, February 22, 2019

11:30a – 7:00p

Registration Desk Opens

12:00p – 1:00p

Walk, Learn & Earn*  (1 CE)

*Attendees will receive a special Trade Show CE punch card. As you walk through the hall and visit with exhibitors, get the card marked by each vendor and when your CE card is complete, drop it off at the IHS desk.

1:00p – 3:00p

Thriving in a Post-OTC World (2 CE)

Join Max Stanley Chartrand, Ph.D., CSP as we explore the PCAST recommendations, which portend to bring significant disruption into the marketplace. Will it unleash an army of unlicensed salespeople selling OTC devices with no regulatory oversight?  We’ll talk about the preservation of FDA regulations, preserving consumer safety, and how we can help stop the implementation of further erosion of our industry’s standard of care.

3:30p – 5:30p

Management of Tinnitus in Dispensing Practice (2 CE)

Max Stanley Chartrand, Ph.D., CSP will discuss the methodology for measuring tinnitus on standard audiometric equipment and the utilization of four amplification strategies: Auditory Reattention, Environmental Masking, Residual Inhibition & Stress Relief. Materials, methods, and programming strategies necessary for a dynamic tinnitus and amplification program.

5:30p – 7:00p

Networking Reception with Exhibitors

Network with colleagues and industry supporters from across the state.  See the latest from companies such as Beltone, Starkey, Oticon, ITAC, Assistive Hearing Systems, Nupur Technologies, Otometerics, Miracell, Cochlear Americas, ReSound, CaptionCall, and Signa USA.  We would like to thank our sponsors for making events like this possible!  Final call for the IHS Silent Auction as well.

7:00p – 9:30p

Late Night with IHS

Enjoy the view of the town at night from the top of the Wyndham Hotel.  Stay for a drink and live entertainment on us.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

7:00a – 8:00a

Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00a – 10:00a

Effective Questioning (2 CE)
Ken LaFerle, AuD.  Director of Educational Services at Beltone

Ken Laferle will focus in on how asking the right questions the right way will yield a great opportunity to successfully work with a potential patient and satisfy an existing patient. Research studies into how to frame a question, how to influence a question and how to effectively ask follow up questions will be presented. In addition, practical examples of key questions to ask will be provided and may be used with any patient.

10:30a – 12:30p

Cerumen Management (2 CE)
Dr. Luis M. Valdes, BC-HIS.  Alan Lowell Seminars. 

Dr. Luis M. Valdes, BC-HIS will take us on a high paced and in-depth discussion about the outer-ear structures, eardrum, innervation and lymphatic systems and various wax consistencies to help determine the most appropriate methods to be performed.  Get to know what it is you need to know, and the various highlights and pitfalls fo the cerumen management arena.

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

Illinois Hearing Annual Luncheon

Hear State & legislative updates from both the Illinois Hearing Society Board and Staff as well as the latest news on the Federal stage from our own International Hearing Society Territorial Governor.

1:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Let’s Get Ethical: Let Me Hear Your Moral Talk*
David Frazier, BS, HIS, *COHC.   Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commissioner & IHS Board of Directors.

In modern practice, it is all too easy to cut corners and become habitual in our clinical routines. Join David Frazier, BS, HIS, *COHC as we cover the standardization that is pivotal to professionals for regulations of best practices and individualized holistic healthcare. Knowing the laws that govern our moral standards as clinicians not only helps protect our license yet instills best practices for patient-centered care. *This course will fulfill the mandatory ethics course requirement for license renewal or application. 

Exhibitors and Sponsorship

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  • Limited Exhibitor Space
  • Sponsorship Opportunities Available
  • Podium Time Sponsor Packages

Email, Fax, or mail registrations to:

Illinois Hearing Society

225 East Cook Street, Springfield, IL  62704