HIPSBC AGM & Webinar on Tumors December 3, 2022


Date: December 3rd, 2022
Time: The AGM starts at 2 pm and the Webinar starts at 2:30 pm
Where: Virtual meeting. The cost is $100 and includes a 2023 HIPSBC Membership

Learner Outcomes

Following this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Outline some of the more common types of malignant & benign tumours of the brain
  2. Categorize acoustic neuromas among the types of brain tumours
  3. Describe the effectiveness of various tests of retro-cochlear pathology


Ted Venema earned a BA in Philosophy at Calvin College (1977), a MA in Audiology at Western Washington University (1988), and a PhD in Audiology at the University of Oklahoma (1993). He was a clinical Audiologist at the Canadian Hearing Society in Toronto early on in his career, and more recently at NexGen Hearing in Victoria BC. Between those years he was with Unitron, a hearing aid manufacturer, where he conducted field trials on new hearing aid products and gave many presentations, domestically and abroad.

He was an assistant professor of Audiology at Auburn University in Alabama and later on, at Western University in Ontario Canada. Ted has taught in the hearing aid practitioner programs at four different colleges, George Brown College in Toronto, Conestoga College in Kitchener Ontario, Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield Missouri, and now Douglas College in the Vancouver area of BC. Ted is the author of a textbook, Compression for Clinicians, which has now been rewritten and available as a 3rd edition.

Rumors of Tumors

We have all be taught the importance of recognizing red flags. A big one is retro-cochlear pathology, which is caused mainly by acoustic neuromas or VIII nerve tumors. A main focus of Part 1 of this presentation is to look at brain tumors, what they actually are, and what they look like.

What are the main kinds of brain tumours? What’s the real difference between “benign” and “malignant?” What kind of tumor is an acoustic neuroma? In Part 2, we will move on to assess various types of tests for acoustic neuromas. Some are much better than others; in fact, the retro-cochlear arena is actually a “playing field” where tests are themselves tested.

A test might be very sensitive in that it catches everyone with a disease, but it might also false positively identify those without the disease. Then again, a test might be very specific in that is passes everyone without the disease, but it might at the same time falsely pass someone who actually does have the disease. A gold standard is a test that is very sensitive and also very specific. This presentation is intended to explore tumours, VIII nerve tumours and tests for VIII nerve tumours.

HIPSBC is approved by the International Hearing Society to offer continuing education for this course. This course CEN-831-22 is approved for up to 3 credits of continuing education (1 CE Credit = 1 contact hour). IHS approval of this course is based on the course’s adherence to IHS’s course approval requirements only and does not imply endorsement of the course content, specific products, clinical procedure, instructor or adherence to the IHS Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/Education Provider and not necessarily of the International Hearing Society.