Keeping Your HAT On: Hearing Assistive Technology

Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT), does that bring you images of tangled wires, mysterious microphones, and dead batteries? After attending this webinar, HAT will only bring you images of students with great access to classroom content! We’ll cover different options for HAT and some strategies for managing devices in a busy classroom as well as pairing classroom technologies with the variety of hearing aids, cochlear implants, and bone conduction devices your students are using. We’ll also discuss some ways to assess if the students are benefiting from the addition of hearing assistive technology so that they will want to keep their HAT on!


Chrisanda Sanchez, AuD, F-AAA, is an Assistant Professor and clinical audiologist at the University of Miami Ear Institute. She received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Florida. Dr. Sanchez works as a bilingual pediatric audiologist for the Children’s Hearing Program. Her clinical specializations include pediatric diagnostics, pediatric hearing aids, bone anchored devices, and pediatric cochlear implants. In addition to her clinical scope of practice, Dr. Sanchez serves as an educational audiologist at the UM Debbie School within their Auditory Oral Program. Additionally, she works with the local children's hospital in serving as the pediatric audiology representative for their multi-disciplinary craniofacial team. Dr. Sanchez was awarded the Gail Gegg Rosenberg Award for excellent service and contributions towards advancing the field of pediatric audiology. She is passionate about working with the bilingual Spanish speaking population and is motivated to move the field forward.

Lynn W. Miskiel, M.A., CCC-SLP/A, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is an ASHA certified and Florida licensed speech-language pathologist and audiologist as well as a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Colorado and her Master’s Degree at the University of Illinois. She has worked in the field of aural rehabilitation since 1988 and currently works at the University of Miami Debbie Institute (School) as the Director of the Auditory Oral Program for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Ms. Miskiel has presented nationally and internationally on auditory training, language, and speech development techniques for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. She is active in local, state, and national professional organizations, serving in a variety of committees and leadership roles.