GSHA September 2023 Webinar
Understanding Hearing loss, Tinnitus, and Treatment options
Presented by: Sonia Hamidi, Au.D

Tuesday September 26th, 2023 at 7pm-8pm EST on Zoom

Registration closes Monday September 25th

Complimentary for GSHA and GAA Members and $25 for Non-Members
No code required for GSHA Members
GAA Members, check your email for a special complimentary registration code or email [email protected] prior to registering.  Please note complementary registration will only be honored at the time of registration, refunds cannot be issued once registered. 



Hearing loss affects individuals of all ages, impacting their communication abilities and overall quality of life. This presentation provides a review of hearing loss, tinnitus, and explores treatment options available to manage the conditions effectively. There are three different types of hearing loss, including sensorineural, conductive, and mixed hearing loss. Each type of hearing loss requires a different form of treatment. The different types of hearing aids available include behind-the-ear (BTE), receiver-in-the-canal (RIC), in-the-ear (ITE), completely-in-the-canal (CIC) devices, and Lyric devices. Each type and model of device have advantages and/or disadvantages. For example; technological advancements in hearing aids, such as digital signal processing and directional microphones, have significantly improved their effectiveness in amplifying sound and reducing background noise. Cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing systems are surgical interventions for hearing loss. Surgical interventions hold strict candidacy criteria; typically limited to individuals with severe to profound hearing loss.

Tinnitus affects a significant portion of the global population. While no cure exists, management strategies include sound therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and tinnitus retraining therapy. Sound therapy uses external sounds to mask or distract from tinnitus, cognitive-behavioral therapy helps develop coping mechanisms, and tinnitus retraining therapy combines sound therapy with counseling to habituate the brain to the tinnitus signal.

In conclusion, this presentation provides an overview of hearing loss, tinnitus, and treatment options.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of this course, participants will be able to 
a.describe hearing loss and treatment options 

b. describe tinnitus and treatment options


Time Ordered Agenda:
7:00 pm -7:10 pm: What is Hearing loss?
7:10 pm-7:20 pm: Understanding SNHL, Conductive HL, Mixed HL
7:20 pm -7:30 pm: Hearing aid candidacy
7:30 pm -7:40 pm: Types of hearing aids
7:40 pm - 7:50 pm: Tinnitus causes and treatment options
7:50 pm - 8:00 pm: Questions /Wrap Up



Speaker Biography:
Dr. Sonia Hamidi earned her Doctorate in Audiology from West Virginia University. She also completed her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Certificate in Disability Studies at West Virginia University.
Dr. Hamidi is a Certified Tinnitus Management Certificate Holder (CH-TM), a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and a board member of the Georgia Academy of Audiology.
Dr. Hamidi’s areas of expertise include:
· Diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology for adult and pediatric populations
· Selection and fitting of amplification
· Counseling and aural rehabilitation
· Tinnitus assessment, management, and counseling
· Vestibular/Balance assessment and treatment

Dr. Hamidi has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.