2019 - 40 years of Palm Springs Hearing Seminars

This year celebrates 40 years of PSHS. The germ line of this seminar was conceived on cocktail napkin at the 1978 ASHA convention, where the aim was to establish a continuing educational seminar targeted to the hearing healthcare clinician rather than academic faculty. The inaugural 1979 PSHS seminar had more presenters than attendees. However, it must have been a good experience since some of these original attendees still return annually. The PSHS has improved over time, and has grown significantly, but the original aim has remained the same. The PSHS aims to bring together basic hearing scientists, translational researchers, manufactures, industry thought leaders, audiologists, otolaryngologists, and hearing instrument specialists under one roof to discuss current and future trends that affect the delivery of hearing healthcare.

This year’s topic focuses on the most popular topics from previous seminars. Updates on research in the development of the auditory system,  causes of otopathologies, potential regenerative therapies for hearing loss, and advances in hearing aid technologies will be presented by esteemed faculty from leading research universities across the US.   Participants will also be able to gain first-hand experience with the latest hearing aid technologies through the breakout sessions where the attendees can listen to these technologies and make their own A/B comparisons.



Alan Cheng MD - Stanford University

Joni Doherty MD, PhD - University of Southern California

Allen Ryan PhD - University of California at San Diego

Kelly Harris PhD- Medical University of South Carolina

Frank Musiek PhD - University of Arizona

Steve Rauch MD - Harvard University

Malcolm Slaney PhD - Google Inc.

Jacque Georgeson AuD - University of the Pacific

Arthur Boothroyd PhD - San Diego State University

Rupa Balachandran PhD - University of the Pacific

Amyn Amlani PhD - Audigy

Mark A Parker PhD – Tufts University School of Medicine


This is the tentative schedule for the 2019 Palm Springs Hearing Seminars. There may be minor changes to the program, but the overall topic will remain as described.

Friday December 6 2019

7:00-8:00 Registration

Session I. Hearing Science
8:00-9:00: Cheng- Development of the Inner Ear: What can we learn from it?
9:00-10:00: Doherty - Update on Ototoxicity
10:00-11:00: Ryan - The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Hair Cell

11:00-12:00: Lunch Provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions, we are happy to accommodate you.

Session II. Translational Research
12:00-1:00: Harris - Developing Electrophysiological Methods for Identifying Pathophysiology of Human Age-related Hearing Loss

1:00-2:00: Ryan - Finding Needles in a Haystack: Discovering rare peptides that mediate active drug delivery across the intact tympanic membrane

2:00-3:00:  Cheng - Hair Cell Regeneration: Does function follow form?

Session III. Clinical Research
3:00-4:00: Harris - Cortical Plasticity with Age and Hearing Loss
4:00-5:00: Musiek - Auditory Hallucinations: An emerging audiological opportunity
5:00-6:00: Rauch - Vestibular Migraine: What the practitioner needs to know

6:00-8:00: Wine and Cheese Social: All are invited!

Saturday December 7, 2019

7:00-8:00: Registration

Session IV. Special topics in Hearing Healtcare
8:00-9:00: Slaney - Understanding all the Worlds of Sounds at Google
9:00-10:00: Musiek - 40-year Perspective: Role of diagnostics in hearing healthcare
10:00-11:00: Georgeson - Educational Programs in Hearing Healthcare

11:00-12:00 Lunch Provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions, we are happy to accommodate you.

Session V.  Amplification I
12:00-1:00: Boothroyd - Zone of Acceptable Listening
1:00-2:00: Boothroyd - Self-Fitting Hearing Aids
2:00-3:00: Balachandran/Amlani - Establishing an OTC Model in Your Clinic I

Session VI. Amplification II
3:00-4:00: Balachandran/Amlani - Establishing an OTC Model in Your Clinic II
4:00-5:00: Parker - Breakout Session I
5:00-6:00: Parker - Breakout Session II