March 11, 2020: In an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our attendees and the patients they serve (who may be part of at-risk populations), the Academy has made the difficult decision to cancel the AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo (and all related activities and ancillary meetings) due to concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This unanimous decision was made by the Academy’s Board of Directors.


Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
8:00 am–5:00 pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Full Agenda with Session Descriptions (PDF)


Schedule at a Glance

8:00–8:15 am WelcomeCatherine Palmer, PhD, Academy President
Linda Hood, PhD, ARC 2020 Chair
8:15–9:00 am AN/ANSD: Current Status, Clinical Issues, Future Directions 
Linda Hood, PhD, ARC 2020 Chair
Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University
9:00–10:00 am Sound Coding in the Auditory Nerve: Toward New Diagnostic Tools 
Jean Luc-Puel, PhD
Professor University Montpellier
Institute for Neurosciences of Montpellier
10:00–10:15 am Break
10:15–11:00 am Cochlear Deafferentation in Noise- and Age-Related Hearing Loss: Basic Observations and Translation to Human
Sharon Kujawa, PhD
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Director of Audiology Research and Senior Scientist, Massachusetts Eye and Ear
11:00–11:45 am AN/ANSD: Assessment in Infants and Toddlers 
Yvonne Sininger, PhD
Professor Emeritus, University of California Los Angeles
C&Y Consulting, Santa Fe, New Mexico
11:45 am–12:00 pm Questions and Discussions 
Morning Speakers
12:00–1:15 pm Sponsored Lunch by Phonak 
Mentoring/Collaboration Breakout Groups
Poster Presentations
1:15-2:15 pm Electrophysiology in Patients with Gene Mutations Related to AN/ANSD 
Rosamaria Santarelli, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurosciences, University of Padova
2:15–3:00 pm Psychophysics and Bimodal Hearing in AN/ANSD 
Sterling Sheffield, AuD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
University of Florida
3:00–3:15 pm Break 
3:15–4:00 pm Speech-Evoked Cortical Responses in Infants and Children With and Without Hearing Loss 
Kristen Uhler, PhD
Chair, Audiology, Speech Pathology, and Learning Services, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Otolaryngology, and Psychiatry University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Children’s Hospital Colorado
4:00–4:45 pm Gene Therapy for Genetic Hearing Loss 
Lawrence Lustig, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Columbia University Medical Center / New York Presbyterian Hospital
4:45–5:00 pm Questions and Discussions
Afternoon Speakers
5:00 pm Closing Remarks 
Linda Hood, PhD, ARC 2020 Chair