2017 Fall Conference

November 17 - 18


Pre-registration deadline is October 28, 2017, postmark.

On-site registration will be available at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, Durham, NC.

Conference On-site Registration Hours:
November 17 - 7:00 am - 10:00 am
November 18 - 7:00 am - 10:00 am

Pre-Registration Packet Pick-up Hours:
November 17 - 7:00 am - 10:00 am
November 18 - 7:00 am - 10:00 am


Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing by October 15, 2017 indicating the reason for the refund request. Approved refunds will be issued after the conference. Any requests for refunds after the deadline will not be eligible for a refund.

Hotel Information

Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
4700 Emperor Blvd.
Durham, NC 27703

The room rate on Thursday is $219 (single/double) and on Friday and Saturday $119 (single/double).

Reservations: 919-941-5050. Be sure to identify yourself as an attendee of the NCSHLA conference and request a confirmation number. Room reservation deadline is October 17, 2017.

Featured Speakers

Debbie Abel, AuD, Audigy, Poway, CA
Debbie Abel, Au.D. received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Kent State University and her AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Abel spent 13 years in private practice in Alliance, OH after moving an existing practice from the Alliance Eye and Ear Clinic, where she was employed for 14 years, taking the ENT with her. She is the manager of Coding and Contracting Services for Audigy and is also associated with Arch Health Partners in Poway, CA, where she provides Baha services on a very limited basis. Formerly the Academy’s Senior Specialist, Practice Management, she was the Director of Reimbursement and Practice Compliance and served as an Academy Board member-at-large and as the chair of the Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee and a member of the Academy’s Ethical Practice Board. She currently sits on the Practice Compliance Committee and is serving on the board of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation. Dr. Abel has authored several chapters in Plural Publication texts including the first, second and soon to be third editions of Strategic Practice Management: A Patient Centered Approach/Business and Procedural Considerations and The Essential Guide to Coding in Otolaryngology: Coding, Billing and Practice Management. The audiology companion book, edited by Dr. Abel, is expected to be published in 2017. Dr. Abel is an adjunct assistant professor at A. T. Still University. She is the Alliance Area’s 1994 Athena Award recipient and in 2006, was awarded the first “Active Advocate of the Year” by the State Leaders’ Network of the American Academy of Audiology and in 2012, the American Academy of Audiology's President's Award.

Douglas L. Beck AuD, Oticon, Inc., Somerset, NJ
Dr. Beck earned his master's degree at the University of Buffalo (1984) and his doctorate from the University of Florida. He began his career in Los Angeles at the House Ear Institute in cochlear implant research and intraoperative cranial nerve monitoring. By 1988, he was Director of Audiology at Saint Louis University. Eight years later he co-founded a multi-office dispensing practice in St Louis. In 1999, he became President and Editor-In-Chief of AudiologyOnline.com, SpeechPathology.com and HealthyHearing.com. Dr. Beck joined Oticon in 2005 as Director of Professional Relations. From 2008 through 2015, Beck served as Web Content Editor for the American Academy of Audiology. In 2016, Beck became Senior Editor for Clinical Research at the Hearing Review and was appointed adjunct Clinical Professor of Communication Disorders & Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 2017, Dr Beck was promoted to Executive Director of Academic Sciences for Oticon. Dr. Beck is among the most prolific authors in audiology with 160 published articles and more than 1200 abstracts, interviews and op-eds written for the AAA (2008-2015) and Audiology Online (1999-2005) addressing a wide variety of audiology and professional topics.

Alan L Desmond, AuD, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Alan L. Desmond, Au.D. is the director of the Balance Disorders Program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and holds a faculty position at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is the author of Vestibular Function: Evaluation and Treatment (Thieme, 2004), and Vestibular Function: Clinical and Practice Management (Thieme, 2011). He is a co-author of Clinical Practice Guideline: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. He serves as a representative of the American Academy of Audiology at the American Medical Association, and received the Academy Presidents Award in 2015 for contributions to the profession. He also serves on several advisory boards and has presented numerous articles and lectures related to vestibular

Michael Douglas, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, MED-EL Corporation, Nashville, TN
Michael is a speech-language pathologist and a certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist. He received his BA in speech-language pathology in 1994 and an MA in 1996 from the University of North Texas. He received his certification in auditory-verbal therapy in 2002. He has focused his career on teaching children with hearing loss to listen and speak in various settings including early childhood programs, schools, hospitals, private practice, and cochlear implant centers. He is the recipient of the Cochlear Americas Clinical Fellow Award and the Helen Beebe Scholarship. Michael served as the Director of the Speech Clinic and Director of Intervention Services at the Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston, TX from 2005 to 2012. There he managed the speech-language pathology clinic, an auditory-oral preschool and the family services department. He was an adjunct instructor at The University of Houston from 2010 to 2012. He served as the Principal of the Mama Lere Hearing School in the Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN between 2012 and 2016. Currently he is an employee of Med-El as aural rehabilitation manager, mentors aspiring Cert. AVTs, lectures worldwide and has contributed to several peer review publications. He is the author of Dual Language Learning for Children with Hearing Loss.