We’re delighted to have an outstanding selection of invited speakers joining us at ANHSC 2019. More speakers will be announced as planning proceeds!

Dr Anne Marie Tharpe

Dr Teresa Y C Ching

Dr. Anne Marie Tharpe is Professor and Chair, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville Tennessee. The primary research emphasis in her laboratory has been in furthering our understanding of the developmental impact of hearing loss on young children. This work has been done by examining questions of behavioral indices of attention, environmental exploration, and academic outcomes. More recently, work has focused on the impact of hearing technology interventions and the sleep patterns in those with hearing loss. Dr. Tharpe has published extensively in national and international professional journals, has published numerous books and book chapters, and has presented to over 250 audiences around the world on pediatric audiology issues. She is co-editor with Dr. Richard Seewald of The Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology, 2nd edition, which was published in 2016.

Dr Teresa Y.C. Ching, PhD is Head of Communication Sciences Department and Pediatric Hearing Impairment research at the National Acoustic Laboratories in Australia. Her current research focuses on investigating the efficacy of early hearing aid fitting or cochlear implantation for populations of children with hearing loss and determining factors influencing outcomes; evaluation of sound detection and discrimination in infants with hearing loss or auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder using cortical measurements and parental reports; and prescription of hearing aids and electric-acoustic stimulation (bimodal fitting) for children and adults. Teresa is leading longitudinal, population-based studies that examine the outcomes of children with bilateral or unilateral hearing loss. She has published more than 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts. She is regularly invited to deliver keynote presentations at international conferences. She serves on the editorial boards of international journals.

Her research interest and experience encompass many aspects of hearing rehabilitation for children and adults with hearing loss: bimodal hearing, electric-acoustic stimulation, cochlear implantation candidacy and outcomes, amplification requirements, speech intelligibility, psychoacoustic abilities, and evaluation methods for children. Her current research focuses on evaluating the efficacy of early intervention for improving outcomes of children with bilateral or unilateral hearing loss.


The Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee aims to foster the establishment, maintenance and evaluation of high quality screening programs for the early detection of permanent childhood hearing impairment throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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