Advanced Audiology Course

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The AAC challenges both developing and practicing audiologists who wish to fine tune their clinical skills and improve care for their patients. It reviews latest concepts in signal processing, programming skills, evoked potentials, SSD, electro-acoustic programming, and management of those with challenging etiologies and special needs.

This Course includes 10 weeks of online curriculum and web discussions culminating in a hands on Advanced Programming Practicum.  Each week participants watch (anytime) a pre-recorded lecture, access a monitored discussion board and complete a short assessment before the interactive online web class.  The hands-on practicum highlights case studies and practical applications led by distinguished researchers and clinicians in the field. Previous experience programming cochlear implants will maximize gain from this course.  A certificate is awarded to those who successfully complete the training program. 



Course Description

Online Didactic Training

10 weekly modules hosted on Blackboard MoodleRooms

  • Pre-recorded video lecture introduces module content (90 min each) to view at your convenience

  • Suggested reading materials supplement learning concepts

  • Discussion Board posts facilitate networking and interaction with participants and instructors

  • Knowledge assessment review major concepts

10 weekly live web classes hosted on Blackboard Collaborate

  • 60 minute interactive classes, one evening per week

  • Recorded for later viewing, if necessary

  • Facilitated by leading Audiologists and researchers in cochlear implantation

  • Review and emphasize major points, case discussions and Q&A

Hands-On Advanced Programming Practicum

Following completion of the online coursework, participants will take part in a 1.5 day hands-on Advanced Programming Practicum, hosted at a leading CI Center.  Audiologists will have the opportunity to refine and develop new skills in programming and troubleshooting devices utilizing all CI softwares clinically available.  Case studies will be utilized to exemplify clinically relevant concepts presented throughout the course.




Up to 3.0 ASHA/AAA CEUs available


$400 + Cost of Travel and Lodging


Previous experience programming cochlear implants is a prerequisite for this course. Applicants must be able to participate in both the online course and Advanced Programming Practicum.


Course Sponsors

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Training Topics


Online Curriculum modules

  1. CI Evaluation and Expanded Candidacy

  2. CI Medical Assessment

  3. Understanding Speech Processing Strategies and the Basics of Electric Stimulation

  4. CI Mapping Parameters

  5. Evaluating Communication: Post-Op Management and Device Failures

  6. Advanced CI Mapping Parameters and Clinical Utility of Evoked Potentials

  7. Candidacy and Programming for CI Users with Acoustic Hearing

  8. Candidacy and Programming Topics for SSD and ABI

  9. CI Connectivity

  10. Clinic Efficiency

Advanced Programming Practicum

  • Advanced Programming Parameter Software Overview

  • Case Studies highlighting troubleshooting procedures

  • Q&A led by research and clinical experts



Course Description

14 Weekly Modules

 Recorded Lectures

  • Web based using Blackboard

  • Approximately 20 minutes

  • Available anytime during the week

 Knowledge Assessments

  • Required score of 80%

  • Self-correcting

Instructor-monitored Discussion Board

  • Allows individuals to interact with the instructors and fellow participants - to ask questions and share experiences

Live web classes

  • 8:30 - 9:30 PM EST | 5:30 - 6:30 PM PST

  • Web-cam audio and video using Blackboard

  • Review and emphasize major points, case discussions, Q&A




Hands-on Microsurgery Temporal Bone Lab


Following completion of the online coursework, a 2½ day hands-on surgical training will be completed. Each surgeon will complete implantation using a half-head and two temporal bones. One temporal bone will be mock-ossified. Each surgeon will use the three dimensional insertion force monitor with an additional pre-dissected temporal bone. The TBL will be limited to 6 participants with two instructors and two experienced assistants. 

Featured Techniques:

  1. Fixation of internal cochlear stimulator

  2. Hearing conservation

  3. Anatomical dissection of promontory

  4. Adaptive cochleostomy

  5. Trajectory of Scala tympani

  6. 3 vectors of electrode insertion

  7. Surface preparation and drill-out

  8. Dissection of adjacent structures

  9. Facial nerve to geniculate

  10. Carotid artery

  11. Jugular bulb

  12. Tensor semicanal

  13. Insertion speed and force analysis

  14. Mock-Ossified Cochleas

  15. Printed common cavity temporal bones

  16. Printed temporal bone of 12-month-old



Advanced Audiology Course Program Instructors



Teresa A. Zwolan, PhD


Professor and Director
Cochlear Implant Program
Department of Otolaryngology  
University of Michigan



Advanced Audiology Course Participant Reviews

The ICIT course really did a good job of informing audiologist of all different levels of CI backgrounds of the current practices. Each of the modules met the audiologist where they were at and brought us to a deeper knowledge of that topic. The topics were well chosen and really covered the vast range of the CI scope of practice for Audiologist. I leaned so much from the instructors and the other participants with the forum discussions. I would highly recommend the course to anyone who is involved with programming CIs.
— Natalie Bickley, AuD, Greenville Hospital System, SC
Every aspect of the ICIT Advanced Audiology Course was valuable. Because the sub-fields of cochlear implant candidacy, mapping, connectivity and troubleshooting are ever evolving, staying up-to-date with these skills is crucial. The materials are well organized and interactively presented by course instructors who just happen to be internationally renown clinicians and researchers. The in-person practicum brought it all together.
— C. Maria Jaunakais, AuD, Albuquerque Hearing and Balance
really enjoyed collaborating with other audiologists, manufacturer reps, and physicians from our ever-developing subspecialty that is cochlear implants. The course material is presented through detailed online lectures given by world-class experts in our field, and weekly live discussions. The culminating in-person meeting was invaluable.
— Stacy L. Douberly, AuD, Penn Medicine/Salus
The advanced audiology course in cochlear implantation provides evidence-based research from respected clinicians and researchers in the field. I will most definitely use the knowledge I have gained from this course to further improve my clinical skills and decision making for patients with a cochlear implant.
— Lavin Entwisle, AuD, NYU Langone Health
This course was extremely comprehensive and provided resources that I can implement in my daily practice. I really enjoyed meeting colleagues from around the country and sharing ideas to improve our programs. Thank you for putting together such a unique training.
— Jenna Hoffman, AuD, St. Luke’s Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital