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AudiologyNOW! from A to Z


AAAF Auction 4 Audiology
Of course, you’ll walk away from AudiologyNOW! with more knowledge and an unforgettable experience… why not add a great auction prize, too? Bid on an item in the American Academy of Audiology Foundation’s online Auction 4 Audiology and take home items such as electronics, getaways, artwork, gourmet food, and much more! Proceeds benefit the Foundation. For more information, visit www.biddingforgood.com/auction4audiology.

Academy Central
Take a walk through Academy Central and discover the many benefits of membership. Find the latest marketing materials, learn more about ABA certification or pick up a unique audiology item at the Academy Store. Academy staff will be on site to answer all of your questions. This area will help you make the most of your membership!

Academy Research Conference (ARC)
In with the Old: New Research on Aging and Hearing Health on Wednesday, April 14, 8:00am-6:00pm. Academy CEUs and ABA Tier 1 hours will be offered. For more information on the ARC 2010, click here.

Assistive Listening Devices
Provided by: Williams Sound Corp.
Assistive listening devices (ALD) will be available for all educational sessions (excluding posters) held at the San Diego Convention Center. Receivers will be available upon request at the ALD desk in the registration area. For the best reception, ALD users are encouraged to sit toward the front of the room. Open captioning will also be provided at the General Assembly.

Attendee Idea Zones
Scattered around the floor will be Topic Tables. Grab a seat and start brainstorming with your colleagues.

CEU Manager, Cyber Café, Message Center, Session Locator and itinerary planner are in one central location to keep you on the cutting edges of technology!


Badges must be worn at all times to gain entrance to sessions, events and Audiology Solutions. Swapping badges is prohibited and may result in expulsion from AudiologyNOW! without a refund. Appropriate identification may be requested.

BAGs Service
Location: next to the Bag and Coat Check Counter in Lobby outside Hall H
If time is money then save time (and your back!) by using the BAGS service at the San Diego Convention Center. Allows you to check your luggage in at the center and then make your way bags free to the airport after a great day at AudiologyNOW!

Box Lunches
Have been replaced with NEW concession vouchers. Full conference and one-day registration types will be given three $5 concession vouchers ($15 total per day). No more rushing to be the first in line for a box lunch. Now you can pick a hot meal, a cool salad, or you could spend your $ on a liquid diet of Starbucks Frappuccinos! Concession outlets will be available during all Audiology Solution hours.

Business Center
FedEx Kinkos, the on-site business service center at the San Diego Convention Center offers shipping, mailing, faxing, photocopying and more. FedEx Kinkos is conveniently located in the Hall D lobby and specializes in digital distribution and printing of conference materials. Visit https://printonline.fedexkinkos.com/ to place an order, or contact FedEx Kinkos at the San Diego Convention Center by calling 619-525-5450.


Celebrate Audiology
Home Run Reception – 5:30pm-7:30pm, Hilton Bayfront: Get your “Popcorn, Peanuts, Pretzels” at the Home Run Reception! You must pick-up your official Padres game ticket at the shuttle drop-off outside the convention center from 12pm-5:30pm or at the Home Run Reception at the Hilton Bayfront from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. To sit together as a group, collect each group member’s redemption card and redeem them at one time.
Padres Baseball Game – 7:05-10:00pm, Petco Park: Watch San Diego Padres take on the Atlanta Braves in the AudiologyNOW! sectioned off seating! The game will surely be a HOME RUN!!!

Cell Phones & Pagers
Please be considerate of your fellow attendees and turn off or silence cell phones and electrical devices during all educational sessions and special events.

Certificate of Attendance
A certificate of attendance is located on the last page of ProgramNOW! (on-site Final Program)

The Academy is pleased to announce that for the first time, on-site childcare and youth programs will be available at AudiologyNOW! 2010 for children ages 6 months to 15 years. The “LittleEARs” service will be provided through a partnership with KiddieCorp, a national firm with more than 20 years experience in on-site conference child care. KiddieCorp services will provide attendees with flexibility in their meeting schedules and with a reliable, affordable and trustworthy option for child care during the annual meeting. Space will be limited – reserve early! Oticon has sponsored a portion the Little EARs program which will help to keep costs down for participants. Click here for details, pricing and reservation information.

CEUs & CEU Manager
Use CEU Manager to record your CEUs and, for CE Registry members, to print a transcript. During each educational session, the presenter will announce a pass code. The pass code is unique to the session and will be presented at the middle/end of each session. Record the pass code on the CEU Worksheet, found in your AudiologyNOW! bag.

CEU Manager Hours of Operation

Wednesday, April 14 Noon-5:00pm
Thursday, April 15 7:30am-6:00pm
Friday, April 16 7:30am-6:00pm
Saturday, April 17 7:30am-5:00pm

Cost Cutting Corner
Everyone’s looking to stretch their dollars a bit further this year, so we are doing our best to help you. In the Cost Cutting Corner we’ve come up with some ways to make attending AN! more affordable.

Course Content
The American Academy of Audiology is not responsible for the comments expressed by any course presenter, nor does it accept responsibility for the content or the reprinting of any materials handed out during presentations.

Stroll in to check your e-mail or visit the Web.


All presenters have been asked to disclose their affiliations or financial interests in any organization or commercial product that may relate to their presentation. The Academy has listed all disclosures that have been provided by the presenters, with the presenter’s name, following the abstract.

Business casual attire is suggested. Meeting rooms can be on the cooler side; bring a light jacket or sweater if needed.


The safety and security of attendees and staff is the first priority of the Academy and the San Diego Convention Center. In the event of an emergency inside the convention center, use a house phone to dial security and be prepared to provide the nature and the exact location of the emergency.

Use your ExpoCard to access CEU Manager, @udiology services and to receive information from exhibiting companies on the show floor.


Future AudiologyNOW! Dates

April 6-9, 2011 Chicago, IL
March 28-31, 2012 Boston, MA
April 3-6, 2013 Anaheim, CA


Due to both environmental and fiscal conservation, handouts for AudiologyNOW! educational sessions are only being printed and distributed on-site for Learning Labs and Featured Sessions. All other session types – Learning Modules, Exhibitor Courses, Research Pods, Posters, Student Research Forum, Industry Updates, and Student Hands-on Labs – will have their handouts made available to AudiologyNOW! audiences online for download

Headquarter Hotel
Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

HEARCareers Employment Center
The HEARCareers Employment Center is an extension of the Academy’s year round employment service Web site, www.HEARCareers.org. More information on this event can be found here.

Hotel Desk
Experient, the hotel reservation vendor, is available to answer questions regarding your hotel reservations while in San Diego. Located in the Registration area.

Wednesday, April 14 8:00am-7:00pm
Thursday, April 15 7:00am-5:00pm
Friday, April 16 7:30am-5:00pm

Hotel Information
See hotel information online.


Infant Nursing Station
Private, locking room with couch and chairs for nursing mothers. Electrical outlets will be available.

International Lounge
We invite our international delegates and members to the International Lounge to meet and greet each other and members of the International committee during AudiologyNOW! 2010.


Lost and Found
Lost and Found will be located at the main registration counters. Any items remaining with Lost and Found at the close of the event will be turned over to the Convention Center Security personnel.


Mail & Packages
For security reasons, all mail or small packages should be sent to your hotel instead of the San Diego Convention Center.

Message Center
Looking for an attendee? Want to leave a message for a friend? Stop by the message center in the @udiology center to connect.


On-site Registration
Registration services are available during the following hours:

Wednesday, April 14 7:00am-7:00pm
Thursday, April 15 7:00am-7:00pm
Friday, April 16 7:30am-5:00pm
Saturday, April 17 7:30am-4:00pm


Parking at the San Diego Convention Center
On-site private vehicle parking is available at the San Diego Convention Center’s 1,950-vehicle underground garage located below the building. Enter the parking garage on Harbor Drive between First Ave. and Fifth Ave. The daily rate is $10. Parking rates may range from $10 to $20 on days when there is special event activity at PETCO Park or other downtown events. Payment is due upon entry and there are no in and out privileges. No overnight or RV parking is permitted.

Attendee: Attendees authorize the Academy to use any photographs taken during the course of AudiologyNOW!, which may include attendees, in Academy promotional materials or publications.

Exhibit Hall: Only exhibitors will be allowed to photograph exhibits one hour prior to show opening on Thursday. If an exhibitor is using a novelty “activity” or other interactive attraction, attendee photographing is permitted within the confines of that particular exhibit space and by the express written permission of the exhibiting company. Use of cell phones and cameras are prohibited.

Presenters Ready Room
Presenters stop by the Presenters Ready Room to practice your presentation! Upload your PowerPoint presentation to the Presentation Management System. Your uploaded program will be delivered directly to your session room when it is time for your talk. No need to lug your computer to the convention or worry about compatibility issues. Use the room to make changes to your presentation without having to save and transfer at another time. Also, be sure to pick up your presenter/moderator ribbon.

Press Center
Location: TBD
Academy staff will be available to provide information about AudiologyNOW! and arrange interviews with Academy leaders.

Program Books
This year the Academy will not be producing a “PreviewNOW!” book. All information that was contained in that book can now be found online. The itinerary planner for 2010 contains all of the session and event information you need and you can search for what you are looking for by keyword, day, time or presenter. The “ProgramNOW” book will be distributed onsite to all registered attendees in their convention bags. A copy of this book will also be available online for download when it is completed in late March.


Random Offers of Convention Kindness
Audiology ROCKs was a convention theme for 2004 but now has a whole new meaning! The Audiology ROCKs program will be easy to participate in – all you have to do is be there. At random times staff members will spread out into the crowds and distribute ROCKs items as a thank you for attending and hopefully to just bring a smile to your face. ROCKs items could be restaurant gift certificate, a free Starbucks coffee, or a discount at the Academy store. We are working on building our ROCKs inventory so we can offer as much convention kindness as possible. You will be able to see who got “ROCK’d” onsite as they will also be given an “Audiology ROCKs” ribbon to wear.

Take your favorite sessions home or listen to sessions you missed! Unless otherwise noted, Featured Sessions, Learning Modules, Exhibitor Courses and Research Pods will be recorded and offered for purchase at the on-site sales desk. An order form is included in your convention bag. Recordings will be available in MP3 and audio CD formats.

Reg Express
If you’ve registered by March 30, 2010, save time by stopping by RegExpress located at Hilton Bayfront. Reg Express will run in the Hilton Bayfront lobby on Wednesday April 14, from 11:00am-7:00pm, and at the Celebrate Audiology Home Run Reception on Wednesday April 14, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Restaurant Map

Not sure where you should eat in Downtown San Diego, use this map to help you out.

Ribbon Bar Connect with your fellow attendees and add some humor to their day. A “Ribbon Bar” will be offered to allow you to personalize your badge with fun sayings like “Tired Feet,” “Audiology Diva,” “I need coffee,” and more. They make for a nice conversation ice-breaker!


San Diego Information & Restaurant Reservations
Stop by the San Diego booth for assistance with restaurant reservations or information about San Diego

Saturday Airport Shuttle Service
Location: Shuttle Pick-up
Checked out of your hotel? Brought your bags with you to the convention center coat and baggage check so you won’t miss the Saturday events? Now you have a free ride to the airport. Jump on one of the airport shuttles (Saturday only). Departure schedule will be posted at the shuttle drop-off locations. See also BAGs heading to learn more about checking in your luggage at the Convention Center for your flight.

ALTERNATIVE MOBILITY – will make arrangements to deliver and pick up the equipment at your hotel or the convention center! 619-427-2525 or [email protected]

Attendees are responsible at all times for the security of personal items such as purses, laptops, electronic equipment, etc.

Session Locator
Helpful on-site tool to get you to the correct session room. With the itinerary planner, you can manage your time more effectively: Create your own schedules, update your itinerary on-site, and select exhibitors, attendees, courses and sessions you wish to attend.

Sessions will be held at the San Diego Convention Center unless otherwise noted. All sessions will be presented in English.

Session Cancellations & Changes
Sessions printed in the ProgramNOW may change or cancel after going to print. For current changes see the itinerary planner, Addendum sheet located in the ProgramNOW and the Daily News handed out onsite.

Shuttle Information
Complimentary shuttle service will operate in a continuous loop between official hotels (those not within walking distance) and the San Diego Convention Center. Check the shuttle information in the Locator Guide or signs in your hotel for schedules. Shuttle Service will operate during the following hours:

Wednesday, April 14 6:30am-10:00pm
Thursday, April 15 6:30am-9:00pm
Friday, April 16 6:30am-7:30pm
Saturday, April 17 7:00am-9:00pm

Smoking is not permitted at any AudiologyNOW! events or sessions. Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas.

Special Event Shuttles
Shuttle service provided on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for official hotels not within walking distance. See information posted in your hotel for special event shuttle schedules.

Sponsor Raffle Cards
Visit each of the AudiologyNOW! sponsor booths, get your card stamped and enter in the raffle to win free registration and hotel for AudiologyNOW! 2011.

Student Volunteer Sign-in
Student Volunteers will sign in/out, pick up a button, instructions and directional maps. Return your button when signing out. Room Monitors will also need to drop off session attendee counts after their assignment is complete.


Trivia Bowl
This favorite Academy tradition pits students, researchers and practitioners against each other in an exciting battle of wits and memory. Gus Mueller and Jerry Northern will once again host this fun event. Sign-up as an individual or as a team on the sign-up board that will be located in Academy Central.

The Academy will be tweeting at AudioloyNOW! 2010 live from San Diego. Follow us now and on-site and meet up with friends, discuss educational sessions, and share information. Log on to www.twitter.com and search for AcademyofAuD.


There will be several ways to find your way around the convention center and San Diego area. Large you are Here maps, signage, maps and information in Program NOW, San Diego will have an information booth to assist with local attractions and restaurants.

WiFi Service
Wireless service is available throughout the Convention Center (except the exhibit halls) for the rate of $12.95 for 24 hours (speed of 128K). You may also use our computers in the @udiology area for no charge though you will be time limited if there is a line.