Conventions and Events

2019 ALAA Convention

The date has been set for this years ALAA Convention at the beautiful Hilton Sandestin Resort. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the ALAA Convention October 17-18, 2019!


Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
4000 South Sandestin Boulevard
Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Phone: 850-267-9600

Use our special ALAA attendees reservation link below to make sure your room is reserved with other attendees!

Hilton ALAA Reservation link

Group Name: Alabama Academy of Audiology 2019
Group Code: AAA
Check-in: October 17, 2019
Check-out: October 18, 2019

When calling the Hilton Sandestin to reserve a room use the code AAA or mention the Alabama Academy of Audiology for a reduced room rate!


October 17-18, 2019


We have lined up a fantastic list of speakers for this year’s conference.  Confirmed sponsors: TBA


$285 Registration per attendee ($275.00 plus internet processing fees). Early registration deadline is September 30, 2019.

$10.00 discount offered for all ABESPA members.

ALAA annual membership is included with full convention registration! ($40 value)

Click here to register.

2019 Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

All sessions have been approved for continuing education hours (CEU’s) by the American Academy of Audiology.


Registration/Breakfast   7:15-8:15

  • Tech Slot #1 (Oticon)              8:00-8:45
  • Tech Slot #2 (Starkey)                9:00-9:45
  • Tech Slot #3 (Widex)                 10:00-10:45
  • Tech Slot #4 (Med-Acoustics)   11:00-11:45

 LUNCH                                11:45-12:45

  • Tech Slot #5 (Sprint Cap Tel.)                11:50-12:35
  • Tech Slot #6 (Phonak)              12:40-1:25
  • SESSION 1A                                 1:30-3:00  Dr. Robert DiSogra (Diabetes and Audiological Management of Oral and Injectable Medications) 
  • SESSION 1B                                3:00-4:00  Dr. Robert DiSogra (Drug Side Effects on Audiological and Vestibular Testing) 

Dr. DiSogra is an independent audiology consultant with an extensive publication and lecture history in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals as they relate to hearing loss and tinnitus. He was the  recent recipient of the prestigious Dr. Joel Wernick Award from the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. He has served as the Chairperson of the Osborne College of Audiology Advisory Board at Salus University from 2013-2019. He currently serves on the Pharmacological Task Force for the American Academy of Audiology and is a proud US Navy veteran.

  • President’s Reception/Silent Auction    5:00-6:00


Breakfast/Late Registration  7:15-8:15

  • SESSION 2                          8:30-11:30         Dr. Richard Gans (Equilibrium Throughout the Lifespan: New Horizons for Audiology) 

Dr. Gans received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with a specialty in audio-vestibular physiology. For the past 25 years, he has emerged as a globally recognized thought leader in the specialization of diagnostic and rehabilitative vestibular science. His research and
contributions have included treatment for BPPV and evaluation of oscillopsia and postural instability. He has authored more than three dozen articles, chapters and textbooks and presented 150 presentations in 25 countries. Dr. Gans served on the AAA Board for 5 years and as the President 2004-05. He is a Life Member of AAA and ASHA, as well as a Research Scientist Member of the American Academies of Neurology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

  • Tech Slot #7 (Cochlear)       11:30-12:15 

 Lunch                                    12:15-1:00

  • SESSION 3                          1:00-4:00            Dr. James Martin and co-presenter Dr. Wendy Switalski. (The Application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Today’s Hearing Aids) (How to apply it with Best Hearing Aid Verification and Practices)

 Conference Adjourns

Adjourn   (Many thanks for your participation and continued support of ALAA. Hope to see everyone back next year)

Convention Ends

The Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA) is a proud sponsor of the ALAA Convention

Disclaimer: The ABESPA does not discriminate on the basis or race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.