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A Sound Foundation Through Early Amplification 2021

8th International Pediatric Audiology Conference

March 28 — 31, 2021 | San Diego (in-person and virtual)

Join us March 28-31, 2021 for the 8th International Pediatric Audiology Conference, “A Sound Foundation Through Early Amplification”. The conference is planned as a hybrid model this year. It will take place in San Diego and will also include a full online virtual conference component. Participants will have the option to choose whether to attend either as an in-person attendee (with simultaneous access to the full online virtual conference component) or as a ‘virtual only’ attendee.

Speakers selected hail from among the world’s most distinguished pediatric audiology experts as well as experts in related fields, new researchers and clinicians. This conference aims to stimulate thoughtful interactions among attendees and speakers on a wide variety of topics related to childhood hearing loss. Topics include:

  • minimizing listening challenges in children with hearing loss,
  • working with children who have unusual hearing loss configurations,
  • contemporary newborn hearing screening approaches, and
  • Pediatric eHealth — all within the context of family-centered service provision for children with hearing loss

Sponsored by Phonak, the conference is chaired by Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D., Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, and Marlene Bagatto, Au.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Elborn College. The Phonak Research Advisory Board serves as the steering committee. This conference cannot be missed! “The attendees of this conference can be assured of an exciting forum of speakers from around the world,” says Tharpe.

COVID-19 Disclaimer

Please note that your safety is our priority. In response to the current situation, our host, InterContinental, has expanded its commitment to rigorous cleaning procedures with additional COVID-19 protocols and best practices to reflect the advice of regional and global health authorities. We assure you that appropriate measures will be taken to ensure a safe experience for in-person attendees. Should COVID-19 conditions not allow the conference to occur in person at all, the conference will be moved to a fully virtual format. Hotel block reservations would be automatically purged and everyone could be converted to an online-only registration. For now, we are cautiously optimistic that we will go forward with a hybrid option. Please continue to reference this webpage in the coming months for more details.

If you would like to learn more about InterContinental’s expanded commitment to safety practices, we invite you to their website

Poster Session:

We invite all participants to submit posters on topics related to any of the above mentioned topics.

For further information and registration go to www.phonakpro.com/conference and use the early bird rate until November 30, 2020

Surely this is a conference not to be missed!

CEUs have been applied for (approx. 12 hours)

For any questions please contact: phonak.conference@phonak.com



Registration fees

Please register for the conference under the link below until November 30, 2020 and benefit from the Early Bird rate.

Registration fee for on-site attendance:

  • Early bird until November 30, 2020: USD 295.00
  • Regular from December 1, 2020: USD 360.00
  • Full time students (letter required) USD 220.00
  • Guest at the Phonak Evening USD 80.00

Registration fee for online attendance:

  • Virtual attendance (full program only) USD 150.00
  • Virtual attendance for Students (full program only) USD 90.00

Registration fee for on-site attendees includes: Two and a half days of presentations by the foremost international experts in the field of pediatric audiology, breaks (morning & afternoon), lunches (Monday and Tuesday), welcome reception (Sunday evening), dinner with Phonak (Tuesday night) and a reception during the poster session (Monday evening).

Register here



Conference Hotel:

901 Bayfront Ct. Ste. #1
San Diego, CA 92101


A block of rooms has been reserved at:

Intercontinental San Diego
901 Bayfront Ct. Ste. #1
San Diego, CA 92101

Book a room

Rate: Single/Double: $ 259.00 excluding taxes and service charge

CEUs have been applied for (approx. 12 hours)



Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D.

Anne Marie Tharpe

Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences and Chair of the Department,
Professor of Otolaryngology,
Associate Director,
Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center

Marlene Bagatto, AuD, Phd

Marlene Bagatto

Research Ass./Adjunct
Research Professor
School of Communications and Sciences and Disorders
RM 2262J, Elborn College