Workshops at Widex Headquarters

Get an overview of the different workshops that we offer during the afternoon of May 4th at Widex HQ. Please note that there are limits to the number of participants for most of the workshops. If a workshop is no longer listed on the registration page, the maximum capacity has been reached. 

Widex Factory Tour & Exhibitions

Widex Factory Tour
Time: Three tours starting at 2.30 PM, 3.30 PM and 4.30 PM
Max. attendees: 90 per tour 

Objectives:
Follow us on a tour through the fantastic Widex Headquarters. Learn more about our sustainable building and experience parts of our Hearing Aid Production: Thick film, component pick and place, CAMISHA Lab, coils, plastic moulding, tool shop and final assembly, test & packaging in the brand new Phoenix facility.
Product Design Universe
Time: Ongoing from 2.30-6:00 PM  
No registration needed: Open exhibition

Objectives:

Meet with designers from the Widex Mechanical product design team. Using large scale models and other presentation materials, you can increase your understanding of mechanical designs for hearing aids and accessories, and discuss future options and ideas for new designs with the Widex design team.
The Widex Product Universe 
Time: 2.30 – 6:00 PM
No registration needed: Open exhibition

Objectives: 
Get familiar with the latest products from Widex, including the newest within hearing aids, connectivity, tinnitus and accessory solutions

Poster Session
Time: 2.30-6:00PM
No registration needed

Objectives:

In the poster area you will have the opportunity to run through a series of posters created by WIDEX research departments. The poster exhibition is open throughout the day and will be manned by the respective authors between 5Pm and 6PM, where you can ask questions. 
 

Widex Zen Therapy

Widex Zen Therapy – an introduction
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Presenter: Robert Sweetow, Ph.D & Professor Emeritus
Max. attendees: 50

Objectives:
In this workshop an introduction to the rationale and evolution of WZT and its individual components will be given. The results of several recent independent, multi-site clinical investigations will be presented. There will be a demonstration of the software required to program the sound therapy components of WZT, as well as a discussion of future trends.

Please note that the Introductory workshop and the Advanced workshop are not sequential, and in fact cover the same topics, but with different levels of detail.
Widex Zen Therapy - advanced
Time: 4:00 - 5:45 PM
Presenters: Robert Sweetow, Ph.D & Professor Emeritus 
Panel Debate:  Jakob Nielsen, M.Sc, Technical Audiology Specialist, Sueli Caporali, Andrée Boissonneault, M.H.Sc. Audiology, Audiological Specialist and Trainer 
Max. attendees: 50

Objectives:
In this workshop we will dig into the rationale and evolution of WZT, and its individual components will be given. The results of several recent, independent, multi-site clinical investigations will be presented. There will be a demonstration of the software required to program the sound therapy components of WZT, as well as a discussion of future trends. A panel of subject matter experts from Widex will attend this workshop for a panel debate.

Please note that the Introductory workshop and the Advanced workshop are not sequential, and in fact cover the same topics, but with different levels of detail. 

Compass GPS Workshops

Compass GPS: Fitting & Troubleshooting Tips & Tricks
Time: Three workshops of 60 minutes each: 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM
Presenters: Leslie Staverman, AuD Director of Educational Development Widex USA & Lene Rønkjær Seiden, Fitting Audiologist, Widex Audiological Software Solutions Widex A/S
Max. attendees: 20

Objectives:
In this workshop you will learn how to identify when to adjust Fitting Rationale Options to maximize hearing aid user benefit. We will dig into the SoundTracker & SpeechTracker and how to utilize these to demonstrate advanced features. Finally we will identify when to adjust various Feature Settings to maximize hearing aid user satisfaction.

Compass GPS Software Training Workshop - Beginners
Time: Three workshops of 60 minutes each: 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM
Presenters: Meryl Epstein, Dir, East Commercial PEMs & Lena Havtorn Jensen, Fitting Audiologist, Widex Audiological Software Solutions Widex A/S
Max. attendees: 20

Objectives:
In this workshop you will have hands-on experience in performing quick and easy ways to fit Widex Hearing Aid technology using our Compass GPS fitting software. This training will allow you to provide your hearing aid users with the best first fit in a seamless and precise manner. 

Auditorium Lectures

CROS & Localization
Time: 2:30-3:30 PM
Presenter: Eric Seper, Au.D. Widex Office of Research in Clinical Amplification (ORCA)
Max. attendees: 100

Course Description:
This course will describe the CROS hearing aid and hearing-related challenges associated with unilateral hearing loss and the CROS/BiCROS device. Many individuals using a CROS hearing aid experience difficulty localizing sounds. We will discuss a training program that allows the CROS user to practice localizing sounds while receiving real-time feedback from their results.
Fine-tuning the auditory subcortex: using auditory-evoked potentials (AEPs) to study processing dynamics along the human auditory pathway
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM
Presenter: Christopher Slugocki, B.Sc., Widex Office of Research in Clinical Amplification (ORCA)
Max. attendees: 100

Course Description:
Examining dynamic control loops (cortico-thalamo-collicular) in the human auditory pathway using electroencephalography (EEG). The talk will place an emphasis on how understanding the action of such feedback loops may help us to better characterize and compensate for the neural changes associated with hearing loss.
Muzzle music puzzle - a mobile auditory training game
Time: 4:30-5:30 PM
Presenter: Petri Korhonen, M.Sc. (tech), Widex Office of Research in Clinical Amplification (ORCA)
Max. attendees: 100

Course Description: 
This lecture will present a computer-assisted mobile auditory training game, which uses melodies played by various musical instruments. The training program was designed to challenge the trainee’s auditory, attention, memory, and problem-solving skills. 

Sales & Marketing in The Digital Universe

Order Your Widex Products Online
Time: 2.30-3:30 PM
Presenter: Kim Parsholt, Global eCommerce Manager Widex A/S
Max. attendees: 20

Objectives:
What are the benefits of ordering through the Widex online solutions? How does the online shop save you valuable time? What is the future of Widex online ordering?
Get the Most Out of the Digital World
Time: 3.30-4:30 PM
Presenter: Morten Ellegaard Hessellund, eBusiness Director Widex A/S 
Max. attendees: 20

Objectives:
How do you reach and communicate to the modern digital consumer? How can you use social media and online advertising? How do you track success? Dos and Don’ts on the internet.  Digital advertising Q&A session.
Get Access to Fresh Customer Leads from Widex
Time: 4.30-5:30 PM
Presenter: Morten Ellegaard Hessellund, eBusiness Director Widex A/S 
Max. attendees: 20
Objectives:
How does Widex generate customer leads for you? How can you ensure you get the most leads? How should Widex approach online customers in the future?

Widex Talks

Fuel Cell Driven Hearing Aids
Time: 2:30-2:50 PM
Presenter: Per Kokholm, Technical Program Manager Widex A/S
No registration needed

Objectives:
Who needs Zink-air, li-Ion, Silver-Zink or other batteries for their hearing aid, when you can get a fuel cell ?
This presentation will explain and demonstrate how the fuel cell technology will create a revolution in how we power our hearing aids. Widex has pioneered the use of this green technology in a size that fits a hearing aid.
Why Widex
Time: 3:00 - 3:20 PM
Presenter: Tiffany Brown, VP, Professional Development & Product Management Widex USA, Inc.
No registration needed

Objectives:
With hearing aid technology improving and changing at a rapid rate, how do you know which hearing aid is best for the hearing aid user? This presentation will discuss the powerful message of why to select Widex. Learn how Widex provides the sound quality and features that will benefit your hearing aid users most. 
Optimizing the selection of hearing aid type, receiver and earwear for your client
Time: 3:30-3:50 PM
Presenter: Erik Schmidt, Technical Audiology Specialist, Widex A/S 
No registration needed

Objectives:
Selecting the hearing aid type for your client is the first and critical part of any hearing aid fitting. This is the time when you as a clinician counsel your client on selecting the best choice, taking into account his or her listening needs, hearing loss and wishes in regard to cosmetics and handling. The choice of hearing aid is a balance between fulfilling the client’s needs and obtaining a satisfying fit that provides the necessary gain and audibility for the client, while preserving comfort when wearing the device. In this presentation we will discuss the implications of the hearing loss on the selection of hearing aid model, fitting range, receiver type and earwear (instant vs. custom fit, open vs. vented) and the related issues of occlusion and comfort.
The feedback test as a prerequisite for a successful fitting
Time: 4:00-4:20 PM
Presenter: Erik Schmidt, Technical Audiology Specialist, Widex A/S
No registration needed

Objectives:
When fitting a modern non-linear hearing aid, the maximum available gain is one of the most important predictors for a successful fitting. The maximum gain may be estimated based on the selected hearing aid model, receiver type and ventilation size. But by measuring the feedback path for the specific hearing aid in the client’s ear, a much better estimate of the available gain can be given. This again will provide a more stable hearing aid fitting. In this talk we will go through the use of the feedback test measurement in Compass GPS, and discuss its implications for the selection and fitting of Widex’s hearing aids.
Auditory Fitness 
Time: 4:30-4:50 PM
Presenter: James Martin, Dir, West Commercial PEMs, Widex USA, Inc.
No registration needed

Objectives:
We listen with our ears, but we truly hear with our brains. This presentation will focus on the importance of brain fitness for hearing and will suggest steps for “coaching” hearing aid users toward maximizing their auditory fitness capabilities and thus improving their future quality of life.
Using Compass GPS performance graphs as a tool in the fitting process
Time: 5:00-5.20 PM
Presenter: Erik Schmidt, Technical Audiology Specialist, Widex A/S 
No registration needed

Objectives:
Widex’s fitting software, Compass GPS, offers a range of different performance graphs, which help the dispenser validate the individual hearing aid fitting. The gain and output graphs show the hearing aid’s performance relative to the fitting target, while the SoundTracker and SpeechTracker graphs provide real time displays of the audibility of speech above the client’s hearing threshold. In this talk, we will walk through the main features of the Compass performance graphs.

Kickstarter Suite

The Kickstarter Suite
Time: Three workshops of 60 minutes each: 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM 
Presenters: Morten Nordahn, Innovation Manager Widex A/S
Max. attendees: 30

Objectives: 
The Kickstarter Suite is an innovative space where anything is possible. Here, the delegates will have the unique and first ever opportunity to meet with visionary innovators from Widex and get first-hand experience of some of the ground-breaking ideas that are emerging and maturing in the Widex Laboratories. We will discuss the attractiveness and potential of the prototyped ideas, and you will have the opportunity to virtually invest in the most promising ones. Share your own ideas, needs or opportunities at the Idea Wall.

Demoing Hearing Aids, Apps & Connectivity

Widex Signature Features - Learn and Listen 
Time: Three workshops of 60 minutes each: 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM
Presenters: Jennifer Wright, Au.D. Director of Product Management & Educational Seminars Widex USA, Inc.
 & Anders Jessen, B. Sc. E. E. CTI Manager and Audiological Trainer Widex A/S
Max. attendees: 20 

Objectives:
In this workshop you will learn about the Widex Signature Features that contribute to the superior Widex sound quality. You will also be able to experience user benefit through a live listening demonstration. We will also identify ways to demonstrate Widex Signature Features to hearing aid users.
Widex Connectivity: Apps & DEX 
Time: Three workshops of 60 minutes each: 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM
Presenter: Oliver Townend, BSc Audiology, Audiological Specialist and Trainer & Ditte Balslev, M.H.Sc. Audiology, Audiological Specialist & Trainer, Widex A/S
Max. attendees: 20

Objectives: 
In this workshop you will learn about Widex Connectivity via our Widex Apps and Widex DEX accessories. We will explore how to choose and pitch the right connectivity options for your customer and discover how Widex can suit their needs and abilities. Finally you will get hands-on experience by trying all our Apps and DEX Accessories