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46th Annual Tri-State Convention March 1st –March 4th, 2018 Hyatt Regency Lake Washington - Renton, WA Many top quality education seminars are offered and our exhibit hall will be full of exhibits. In addition, check out the fun social events planned for your enjoyment.
Thursday – March 1st, 2018 3:00pm Registration Office Open 6:00 - 8:00pm Class Session “A” 8:00 - 9:00pm Welcome Party (Hors d’oeuvres, wine, microbrew & soft drinks) Friday - March 2nd, 2018 7:30am Registration Office Open 8:30am Pre-Class Coffee 8:30 - 10:30am Class Session “B” 10:30 - 10:45am IHS Presentation 11: 00 - Noon State Society Meetings 12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch 1:45 - 3:34pm Class Session “C” 4:00 - 6:00pm Class Session “D” Saturday - March 3rd, 2018 7:30am - 4:00pm Registration Room Open 8:00am Pre-Class Coffee 8:30 - 10:30am Class Session “E” 10:45 -12:45pm Class Session “F” 12:45 - 2:00pm Lunch 2:00 - 6:00pm Exhibit Hall Open 2:00 - 4:00pm Class Session “G” (in exhibit hall) 4:00 - 6:00pm Hors d’oeuvres, wine & microbrew (in Exhibit Hall) 5:00pm Live Auction Sunday - March 4th, 2018 10:00 - Noon Tri State Board Meeting
2018 Convention Highlights 
WELCOME PARTY Join us as the Tri State participants gather to meet and greet before the event. All the crew of Tri State and select sponsoring Exhibitors want to welcome you to our 45th Annual Convention by enjoying some Wine, Micro brews and appetizers at 8:00pm Thursday night. SILENT AUCTION Do you have a hidden talent you want to share? Bring it and donate to the silent or live auction. Pick up some Super Colossal deals on items you need or want for your office. Donated items will be on display in the Exhibit Hall with a silent auction bid sheet. Bidding will be brisk and the highest bid will take home the item or certificate. Money collected will benefit all of us by allowing Tri State to keep our registration fees as low as possible. HOTEL INFORMATION The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington in Renton, WA is the site of the 2018 convention. Room reservations can be obtained by clicking [HERE] If you have any questions, you can reach the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at (425) 203-1234. Make sure you inform them that you are with the Tri-State Convention. Room rates are Standard King = $159, Standard Queen/Queen = $169.00 and Partial Lake View = $189.00. Reservations must be made no later than February 7, 2018. EXHIBIT HALL CLASS SESSION G You will receive credit after asking 3 questions to each participating exhibitor. They will give you the answer and you will write them in your book. You will then receive a signature on the back of your book. Your book must be completed, and turned into a proctor to receive credit. You will not be allowed to leave the exhibit hall during this class. Group Rates Tri State is offering group rates to company’s paying for more than five people on one check. The discount rates are 5-10 people, 15%, over ten people 15%. Please mark your discount on the registration form. INFORMATION REGARDING CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS FOR STATE LICENSING All classes offered are: 2 hours in length for 2 credits Approved by International Hearing Society’s educational division, the International Institute for Hearing Instruments Studies. Approved by the State of Oregon Licensing Board A total of 14 hours of credit is available at this convention   THURSDAY, March 9th, 2017 _______________________________________________________________ 6:00-8:00pm - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVED Session A: “Great New Beginnings in a Strange New World” Instructor: Carol Rogin Description: The national need to address hearing loss by increasing screening, expanding the ways in which people with hearing loss can access hearing aids, ad reducing the price of hearing aids has been a focus of the National Academies of Science (NAS) and the White House’s President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) over the past two years. Both NAS and PCAST have issued a series of recommendations that hearing aid specialists need to consider, as the recommendations may well lead to changes in the current regulatory structure at both the state and federal levels. In addition to the recommendations and their potential impact for people with hearing loss and hearing aid specialists, this course will present key findings from the Better Hearing Institutes’s MarkeTrak 9 survey of the attitudes, belief and actions of people with hearing loss. The survey includes individuals who use hearing aids, as well as people who acknowledge their hearing problem, but have not yet taken action. FRIDAY, March 10th, 2017 __________________________________________________________________ 9:00-11:00am - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVED Session B: “Business Development” Moderator: Dom Sparado Description: The consumer today has access to more information than ever before which is leading to a paradigm shift in how they shop and buy. However, in hearing healthcare there are times they realize they are misinformed and are left feeling vulnerable and suspicious. This feeling of uncertainty can lead to them not accepting the hearing help from you that they desperately need. A renowned group of social scientists recently published research illuminating how humans process information and make decisions. Through the use of functional MRI scans, Neuroscientists have backed up these social scientists assertions with hard evidence that shows the areas of the brain that are activated while these activities are taking place. In this course we’ll review the latest research and learn of several proven strategies developed from applying the research findings to our most common patient challenges. Attendees will learn how to greater utilize the arts of listening, questioning, and storytelling as key tools in helping a patient draw the conclusions for themselves rather than simply telling an already suspicious patient what they need to do and why. Humans value what they conclude on their own 10 times more than what they are told. You will leave this session with several proven strategies for effective follow-up with a patient who is still trying to make a decision long after they leave your office. 2:30-4:30pm - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVED Session C: “Manufacturers Round Table”  Instructor: Chris Gustafson Description: Digital Technology has opened the door to some amazing improvements in hearing healthcare. This panel discussion will expand your knowledge of some of the manufacturer’s products that are available now and how their latest technology can be used with our customers. SATURDAY March 11th, 2017 SESSION _______________________________________________________ 8:00 – 10:00am - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVED Session D: “Cochlear Implantation A to Z” Instructor: L. Hill AuD., Dr F. Warren, Meg and Chris Gustafson Description: A brief walk-through of cochlear implant candidacy, surgery and activation - from identifying potential candidates with audiologic testing and case history, determining medical candidacy and performing surgery, to initial stimulation. 10:15 - 12:15 - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVED Session E: “Passport to Better Hearing” Instructor: Manufacturer Representatives Description: The Passport to Better Hearing will have 3 specific questions for the dispensers to ask the participating manufacturer representatives in regard to current technology. You will need a Class Card to receive the Passport Book. The participants are not allowed To leave the exhibit hall during the two hour class. The rules for CEU's will be followed like all other classes 1:45 – 3:45pm - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVED Session F: “Ethics” Instructor: Laurie Bunkholt Starkey Description: We all have “situations” arise in our practices dealing with patients and family members and then deciding what the best solution is to resolve the perceived problem. What is the right thing to do? This class looks at very common scenarios you can encounter on any given day. We will look through the eyes of both the patient and the hearing healthcare professional. With group participation you will gain solutions to handling these tough situations. 4:00–6:00pm - 2HRS - IHS & OREGON APPROVED Session G: “Acoustic Therapy Unplugged - Tinnitus Options in Hearing Aids” Instructor: LeAnne Powers Signia Description: Tinnitus is perceived by many patients as a relentless companion. Audiologists know it is most often a symptom of hearing loss. For this reason, tinnitus functions have recently been included in the modern hearing aids. This course will explore current research in acoustic treatments of tinnitus, the protocols that are available, and resources available to help the clinician incorporate tinnitus therapy into their practice.