Distinct Tracks


Business Development

How should you prioritize and organize your practice and resources for customer acquisition, marketing engagement, and employee relations? Hear from leading experts on using current thinking and approaches to strengthen your hearing health clinic. Learn how to develop, innovate, and accelerate a process-driven, patient-centric team and identify barriers to change.



We live in a culture of technological change, with instant access to new tools and programs that make our lives easy. Artificial Intelligence, Software Apps, 3D Ear Scanning are just some of the high-tech realities disrupting hearing health—and the way you work with patients. Explore and examine how technology is shaping the future of hearing health today.



Immerse yourself in clinical assessment, amplification, and rehabilitation, hearing research, technology implementation, hearing science, and a comprehensive range of topics within the practice of audiology. Refine your clinical program to meet the challenges of patient and device changes, improve patient experience and satisfaction, and ensure the fiscal health of your practice.

This program is approved by the International Hearing Society and its educational committee, the International Institute for Hearing Instruments Studies.

The Empower Conference presented by Your Hearing Network is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1.4 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy’s Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

Featured Speakers

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor

Director Scientific and Product Marketing, Sivantos Group

With more than 25 years of experience in the hearing industry, Brian Taylor is a well-known author and speaker on the hearing-industry conference circuit. He has contributed to more than 25 publications, including several years as a leading contributor and editor with Hearing Health and Technology Matters. Most recently he served at Fuel Medical Group as Director of Clinical Audiology.

In a career spanning over 40 years, Dr. Abrams has served in a number of academic, clinical, research, and administrative capacities with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, academia and private industry to include Chief of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service and Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, the Director of Research at the Army Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Director of Audiology Research at Starkey Hearing Technologies. He received his undergraduate degree from the George Washington University and his master’s and doctoral training in audiology and hearing science at the University of Florida. Harvey instructs students at several AuD programs including those at the University of Florida, Salus University, West Virginia University and Arizona State University. He is a frequent lecturer on the topics of outcome measures, health-related quality of life, professional issues, and evidence-based audiologic practice. His research has focused on treatment efficacy and improved quality of life associated with audiologic intervention to include, most recently, computer-based auditory training.

For 45 years Dr. Robert M. Traynor (B.A., 1972; MA, 1973; Ed.D., 1975; MBA, 2006) practiced audiology at his clinic, Audiology Associates, Inc., in Greeley, Colorado, where he provided diagnostic & rehabilitative treatment for hearing loss and tinnitus to patients of all ages. He also conducted operative monitoring for otolaryngologists and general surgeons for 25 years at three hospitals in northern Colorado. He has been a frequent lecturer domestically and internationally in over 40 countries on most aspects of Audiology. As an academic, Dr. Traynor has been an Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor of Audiology and an Audiology Program Director at the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University. For 17 years, he was the Senior International Audiology Consultant to a major hearing aid manufacturer based in Bern, Switzerland, where he provided technical support to engineers and hearing scientists within the research and development group. He is a fellow of the National Academies of Practice, was presented the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Academy of Audiology and named a 2018 Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Northern Colorado.

Dr. Traynor joined the Doctor of Audiology on-line faculty at the University of Florida in 1998 and currently is an adjunct professor for 3 university audiology programs. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of the audiology practice management curriculum which has been duplicated in many programs across the country. His text, Strategic Practice Management, 3rd Edition, co-authored with Dr. Robert Glaser, is used in most audiology training programs.

At his firm, Robert Traynor Audiology, LLC, he offers professional advice to the hearing industry and provides expert witness services for personal injury and audiology malpractice cases for both defense and plaintiff. To date, he has been an expert in 14 cases with one deposition.

A full CV and background is available at

Gary Rosenblum is the US President for Oticon, a division of William Demant Holdings, a global leader in hearing healthcare. Oticon is one of the world’s most innovative hearing device manufacturers with more than 110 years of experience putting the needs of people with hearing loss first.



With a full range of sessions across three tracks, attendees can customize the offerings to their needs. Empower offers dozens of pathways to engage with the brightest minds and best ideas in our industry today. The daily schedule for the Conference is listed below. As our call for papers concludes and individual sessions are accepted, the detailed agenda will be published.

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