47th Annual Tri-State ConventionMarch 7th –March 9th, 2019Sheraton Airport Hotel - Portland, ORMany top quality education seminars are being offered, and our exhibit hall will be full of exhibits.In addition, check out the fun social events planned for your enjoyment.
WELCOME RECEPTIONAfter the Thursday night class, join us as the Tri-State participants gather to meet & greet before the event. All of the crew of Tri-State, and sponsoring exhibitors, want to welcome you to our 47th Annual convention by enjoying some wine, micro beers, soda, and appetizers at 8:00pm..SILENT AND LIVE AUCTION Do you have a hidden talent you want to share? Bring it and donate to the silent or live auction. Pick up colossal deals on items you need or want for your office. Donated items will be on display in the Exhibit Hall with a silent auction bid sheet. Bidding will be brisk, and the highest bid will take home the item or certificate. Money collected will benefit all of us by allowing Tri-State to keep our registration fees as low as possible.HOTEL INFORMATION The Sheraton Portland Airport Hotelat 8235 Northeast Airport Way, Portland, Oregon 97220 is a newly renovated facility including free parking, free airport shuttle, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds, complimentary wireless Internet in guest rooms, coffee maker, hair dryer and an ironing board in in all rooms. The room rate is $144.00 single/double occupancy plus tax. Call today to reserve your room: (503) 281-2500. When you call be sure to inform them that you are with the Tri-State Hearing Convention & ask for our group rate. To insure the group rate, reservations must be made no later than February 11, 2019. Reserve early to secure the best room rate and selection. Please help Tri-State keep costs down by booking at this hotel, as they provide us with classrooms and the ballroom is complimentary when we meet our required minimum hotel reservations.EXHIBIT HALL CLASS SESSION G You will receive credit after asking three questions from the passport book provided to you, to each participating exhibitor. They will give you the answer and you will write them in your book, you will then receive a signature on the back of your book, turn in the completed back page and turn it into a proctor to receive credit. You must remain in the exhibit hall during the class time.Group Rates Tri-State is offering a 15% discount to companies who choose a full registration for five, or more, attendees on one credit card transaction, or check.MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATIONTwo delegates represent each state:Idaho: Robert ShepardPam Hays208-883-0731208-882-5536133 N Van Buren307 S Main StreetMoscow, ID 83843Moscow, ID 83843Oregon: Don CloutierChris Gustafson541-343-1091503-580-04181142 Willagillespie Rd Ste 201024 Baker StreetEugene, OR 97401McMinnville, OR 97128Washington: Brenda HaltomKeith Wilson360-452-2228253-759-3555830 E 8th Street1311 S Union Ave Ste 102Pt Angeles, WA 98363Tacoma, WA 98405Executive Director & Tri-State’s official mailing address:Tammy WilsonPhone: 253-208-58417616 139th Street Ct E Email:TriStateHHPCon@gmail.comPuyallup, WA 98373Website: TriStateHearingConvention.orgINFORMATION REGARDING CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS FOR STATE LICENSINGAll classes offered are:Each hour in class equals one credit. All classes offered are two hours in length for two credits. Classes are approved by International Hearing Society’s educational division (IHS), and approved by the State of Oregon Licensing Board. A total of 14 hours of credit are available at this convention.THURSDAY, March 7th, 2019 _______________________________________________________________6:00-8:00pm - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVEDSession A:“The Brave New World of Hearing Aids”Instructor: Carole Rogin,Hearing Industries AssociationDescription: This class will inform, update and speculate on all aspects of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 and its implications for people with hearing loss in the United States and the hearing care professionals who serve them. The course will cover the key elements of the law, the input and guidance to the US Food & Drug Administration from the dispensing community on the important characteristics of this new hearing aid category, and the possible timelines for implementation. Additionally, this session will debut and highlight key findings from MarkeTrak 10, the industry’s longitudinal survey of the beliefs, actions and satisfaction with hearing aids of people with hearing loss. This wave of the survey was conducted in the fall of 2018 and includes new questions about OTC hearing aids, social impact of untreated loss and third party payment assistance with hearing aid purchases.FRIDAY, March 8th, 2019 __________________________________________________________________8:30 - 10:30am - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVEDSession B:“Over The Counter of Over The Cliff”Moderator:Tom Powers,Ph.D., FNAP, Signia.Description:The hearing aid industry will experience significant change in our product and service models with the introduction of the OTC segment. The course will provide current information to audiologists and dispensers on the development of the OTC legislation and the current status of the new class of devices (OTC) that will be created by the FDA. As this process continues hearing care professionals will need to make informed decisions about any changes to their practice this new class of devices may require. These include the possible inclusion of these new devices and also new pricing models. Two important questions will be discussed: will these changes drive consumer choice on point of sale, and will the delivery of hearing healthcare remain a medical model or will it become a retail model?1:45 - 3:45pm - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVEDSession C:“The Tools of the Trade”Instructor: Jeanette Fitzke, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA, OtometricsDescription: Studies have shown that including the use of Real Ear or Probe Microphone Measurements (PMM) are correlated with greater levels of patient satisfaction. As hearing instrument sophistication continues to increase, this need has become even more important. Various procedures will be discussed and demonstrated, including Quick SIN, speech mapping and prescriptive target fitting. In addition, we will discuss how a hearing instrument test box can be used to perform electroacoustic analysis of hearing aids for quality assurance.4:00 - 6:00pm - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVEDSession D:“Serving the Severely Hearing Impaired: Breaking Down Barriers”Instructor: Dr. Max Chartrand Ph.D., BC-HIS, CSPDescription: This course explores the fascinating world of auditory rehabilitation in its full array, from hearing aids and cochlear implants for severe and profound hearing-impaired individuals to important advancements in assistive technology, coping strategies, and disability rights that rarely taken advantage of in these who need them the most. When framed in the psychological, psychosocial, psychoacoustic, and rehabilitative domains, one finds that the tools and wherewithal are there to help bring this most debilitated group (and their significant others who suffer as well from the loss of their hearing-impaired partners) into the realm of normality. Application of Quality of Life measures relative to the SHI population can help level the playing field of life, by knocking down barriers and empowering individuals to achieve a lifetime of more fulfilling personal relationships, personal accomplishment, and a sense of wholeness that everyone needs to live a full, productive, and happy life.SATURDAY March 9th, 2019 ______________________________________________________________8:30 – 10:30am - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVEDSession E:“When Hearing Aids Are No Longer The Answer”Instructor:Chris Gustafson, Evergreen Hearing Center & Lindsey Hill, The Oregon ClinicDescription: Often the Hearing Aid Specialist or the Audiologist fails to address the emotional, social or psychological effects of the long-term progressive hearing loss. The course will delve into these issues and who is a candidate for cochlear implants.10:45- 12:45 - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVEDSession F:“Normal Hearing, Amplification & Noise Reduction”Instructor: Doug Beck, AuD, OticonDescription: People who seek the services of a hearing care professional (HCP) generally have audiometric hearing loss. However, there are tens of millions of people who would benefit from an improved signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), who have hearing thresholds within normal limits (WNL). In this presentation, we will explore issues and ideas related to improving the quality of life (QOL), and improving communication ability, through an improved SNR, and the tools which have been shown to be effective for people with and without audiometric hearing loss.2:00 – 4:00pm - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVEDSession G:“Passport to Better Hearing”Instructor:Manufacturer RepresentativesDescription: The Passport to Better Hearing will have specific questions provided by the manufacturer’s representatives for the class participants to ask and get the answers regarding new technology.You will need a class card to receive the passport book. The participants are not allowed to leave the exhibit hall during the two-hour class. The rules for CEU’s will be followed like all other classes.