NHCA 2021 Virtual Conference has ended
Welcome to the 2021 NHCA Virtual Conference Schedule, below you will find the schedule listed with 3 types of education sessions, Live Platform, Pre-recorded Platform and E-Poster Sessions. They will all be delivered a little differently so please take a little time to read the descriptions and understand how the conference will be laid out.

  • Live Platforms: NHCA is offering 7 live sessions with interactive Q&A and chat features over the two days of the live conference. If you are not able to watch these sessions live they will be recorded and playback will be available until March 19, 2021
  • ON DEMAND Pre-Recorded Platforms: There will be 28 pre-recorded sessions that will be released on the first day of the conference, these will be available to watch at your leisure and will be available until March 19, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: They are available longer than the 1-5 pm time on the schedule but we are not able to program them in like that!
  • ON DEMAND E-Poster Sessions: There will be 8 E-Poster sessions available to watch, each session is 15 minutes long and worth a quarter of a credit, in order to receive a full hour you will need to watch 4 poster sessions all the way through and complete and evaluation. These will be available as pre-recordings and will be available from the start of the conference until March 19, 2021
This means you have the opportunity for up to 19.0 CE credits at this years conference! (See ASHA AND AAA Brand Blocks below)

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Saturday, February 27 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
ON DEMAND SESSION: Managing auditory sensitivities in autism: the potential of smart hearing protection

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Rachel Bouserhal, CRITIAS
Jeremie Voix, CRITIAS

For many students on the autism spectrum, certain classroom sounds can hinder learning and even cause distress. While conventional hearing protection may relieve sound-induced distress, passive hearing protectors attenuate all ambient sounds and do not distinguish between sounds causing distress and those conveying information. Passive hearing protection used to block out distressing noises may therefore attenuate too much sound for the wearer, which can prevent classroom engagement. An electronic “passthrough” hearing protector could potentially overcome this limitation by attenuating undesired sounds while transmitting those that are useful for the wearer to hear. This project envisions a smart hearing protection device that can selectively filter out the noises each individual wearer is sensitive to, learning these sounds in real-time using biosignals captured from within the ear as indicators of distress. An initial effort to adapt an existing in-ear technology to manage auditory sensitivities is described. Multiple methods of real-time audio filtering are considered, including those based on machine learning methods as well as classical signal processing techniques. Preliminary findings are presented along with their implications for meeting the needs of the target population.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, readers will be able to:
1) Identify the potential of smart hearing protection for managing auditory sensitivities.
2) Learn to use and accept challenges of adapting an electronic hearing protector for auditory sensitivities.
3) Compare effectiveness of real-time audio filtering methods.

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Danielle Benesch

École de technologie supérieure
Danielle Benesch completed her bachelor's degree in cognitive science at Osnabrück University in 2019. In 2020, she started her research master's at École de technologie supérieure. During her master's, she has been working on the "Sensitive Ear" project under the supervision of... Read More →

Saturday February 27, 2021 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST