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A Sound Foundation Through Early Amplification 2024

9th International Pediatric Audiology Conference

October 27th-30th, San Diego, California

The 9th International Pediatric Conference: “A Sound Foundation Through Early Amplification” will be held in-person in San Diego on October 27 - 30, 2024 with live stream available for online participation. Sponsored by Phonak, the conference is chaired by Prof. Anne Marie Tharpe and Dr. Marlene Bagatto. The Phonak Pediatric Advisory Board serves as the Planning Committee and has selected speakers from among the world’s most distinguished pediatric audiology experts, new investigators, clinicians and experts in related fields.

“The attendees of this conference can be assured of an exciting forum of speakers from around the world”

says conference chair Prof. Tharpe.

This conference is designed to stimulate thoughtful interactions among attendees and speakers on a wide variety of topics related to childhood hearing loss. Topics include lowering the age of hearing loss identification in infants and children, managing special populations and also global support and advocacy among others – all within the context of family-centered service provision for children with hearing loss. The conference will also feature a submitted poster session and focused panel sessions designed to highlight interesting clinical topics.

Poster Session:

We invite poster submissions on topics related to audiological management and care of children with hearing loss.

For further information and registration go to and use the early bird rate until May 31, 2024

Surely this conference is not to be missed!

For any questions please contact:

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Registration and hotel information

Registration fee:

  • Early bird until May 31, 2024: USD 310.00
  • Regular from June 1, 2024: USD 360.00
  • Full time students (letter required): USD 240.00
  • Virtual Attendance: USD 190.00
  • Guest at the Phonak Evening: USD 80.00

Registration fee includes: Two and a half days of presentations by the foremost international experts in the field of pediatric audiology, breaks (morning & afternoon), lunches (Monday and Tuesday), welcome and poster reception (Sunday evening), dinner with Phonak (Tuesday evening)

Conference Hotel:

901 Bayfront Ct. Ste. #1
San Diego, CA 92101


A block of rooms has been reserved at:

Intercontinental San Diego

901 Bayfront Ct. Ste. #1
San Diego, CA 92101

Rate: $ 299.00 excluding taxes and service charge, excluding breakfast

CEUs will be available (approx. 13 hours)

For any questions around the conference please do not hesitate to contact Phonak at

Marlene Bagatto

Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D.

Vickie and Thomas Flood Professor and Chair
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center

Marlene Bagatto

Marlene Bagatto

Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the National Centre for Audiology at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.


Call for posters

We invite and encourage you to actively contribute to this year’s conference! A poster session on Sunday evening October 27th provides an excellent opportunity to present and discuss your latest research results. We are looking for studies especially clinical studies that relate to hearing care in the pediatric area.


Poster submission deadline is:  September 30, 2024

Abstracts can be submitted electronically (.doc & .pdf) to the following email address:

Please include in subject line: ‘Call for posters’

Editorial guidelines for the abstract submission

Abstracts and posters must be written in English.

Please use the template provided here: 

Provide an abstract with a maximum of 200 words (excluding the title and authors’ names). The abstract should state clearly the background, aims, methods, results and conclusions of the study. 

Evaluation and publishing

Evaluation of abstracts and selection for the poster session will be made by the scientific steering committee for the conference. No more than three submissions can be made by any one person as first author. Contributors will be informed about the acceptance of their abstract within 2 weeks. The corresponding author is responsible for informing the other authors of the status of their submission.

Accepted posters may be published on the conference webpage and in the online event website. It is the author’s responsibility to submit an accurate abstract. Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific facts will be reproduced as typed by the author.

Guidelines for poster presentation

Posters presenters are asked to put up their posters on Sunday before the poster session starts. You are requested to stand by your poster during the scheduled poster sessions on Sunday, October 27th, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The posters will then remain available for viewing all day on Monday October 28th and can be removed at the close of the conference on that day.

Poster boards and supplies

Each presenter will be provided with a freestanding poster display board, which is about 4' tall x 8' wide (120cm x 240cm). Please note that it is a landscape oriented poster board (horizontal orientation). Your poster can be affixed to the board with push pins. Push pins and adhesive tape will be available for your use on-site. 

Each accepted poster will be assigned a number, which helps to identify your assigned poster board. 

Conference registration

You can register to attend the conference now. Online registration and payment via credit card is available on this site Early bird rates are available until May 31, 2024.

Sunday, October 27

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Welcome Reception & Poster Session
2 hour

Monday, October 28

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Session I: The Younger the Better: Lowering the Age of Identification
Session Chair:
Session II: Management of Children with Unique Needs
Session Chair:

Tuesday, October 29

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Session III: The Latest News in Hearing Technology
Session Chair:
Session IV: Artificial Intelligence and Other Innovations
Session Chair:
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Phonak Dinner

Wednesday, October 30

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Session V: Continued Challenges and Opportunities in Pediatric Audiologyy
Session Chair:
1:00 PM
1:00 PM