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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: Certification in the Time of COVID-19: DoD/VA Hearing Technician Distance Learning Course Update

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John Merkley, U.S. Army Public Health Center
Kathy Gates, zCore Business Solutions, Inc.

Efforts to improve access to care prompted the Veterans Administration (VA) to change their policy, allowing certified Hearing Technicians (HTs) to conduct pure tone audiometric exams for established patients. Changes in DoD regulations have increased the need for certified HTs across the DoD, especially in the Army Reserve and Army National Guard. In 2019, the DoD Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE), in collaboration with the VA, and with support from the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC), began Joint Incentive Fund (JIF) pilot distance learning (DL) courses to train and certify Hearing Technicians. Training is conducted in three phases: a didactic, lecture portion using Adobe Connect Classroom or Microsoft Teams; a practical, hands-on phase completed onsite with either a CAOHC-certified Course Director or a trained audiology practicum instructor; and concluding with the online, CAOHC Occupational Hearing Conservationist certification exam. Between May and September, 2020, the DoD and VA completed five distributed learning workshops. This presentation will describe the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the JIF DL program to date.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, readers will be able to:
1) Identify two positive outcomes of the DoD/VA distance learning model of Hearing Technician certification.
2) Describe two challenges in Hearing Technician training faced by the DoD/VA distance learning team.
3) Describe how distance learning collaboration has benefitted DoD and VA audiology practices.

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Marjorie Grantham

Occupational Audiologist, Examinetics
Marjorie A.M. Grantham, Ph.D., F-AAA, CPS/A, Colonel (Retired), is a 30-year Army Veteran with over 25 years’ experience as a servant-leader in preventive medicine, education, public health, and research. She currently works for Examinetics. Her driving interests include lifelong... Read More →

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