Robert Fifer, Ph.D.

Mailman Center for Child Development
Department of Pediatrics
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics (D-820)
P.O. Box 016820
Miami, FL 33101
 
Phone: 305-243-2886
Secondary Phone: 305-243-5937
Email: rfifer@med.miami.edu
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Robert Fifer
 

Primary Activity Coordinators: Clinical Services
Discipline Coordinators: Audiology
Speech-Language Pathology
 
Discipline(s): Audiology
Speech-Language Pathology
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
 
Research: Auditory evoked potentials and central nervous system processing in pediatric HIV and Sickle Cell patients; development of protocols for early detection of hearing loss in infants and toddlers; Influence of environmental stimulation on the development of auditory, linguistic, and non-linguistic abilities.
Education: B.S. University of Nebraska at Omaha (Speech Pathology with minor in Deaf Education) 1974
M.A. Central Michigan University (Audiology) 1976
Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine (Audiology and Bioacoustics) 1985
Service: Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D. is currently the Director of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at the Mailman Center for Child Development, Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami School of Medicine. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Deaf Education. His M.A. degree is from Central Michigan University in Audiology. And his Ph.D. degree is from Baylor College of Medicine in Audiology and Bioacoustics. Dr. Fifer?s clinical and research interests focus on the areas of auditory evoked potentials, central auditory processing, early detection of hearing loss in children, and auditory anatomy and physiology. He is the immediate Past- President of the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, a member of ASHA?s Health Care Economics Committee, and the former ASHA representative to the American Medical Association's Health Care Professions Advisory Committee for the Relative Value Utilization Committee in addition to being ASHA's representative to the AMA's Practice Expense Advisory Committee. Additional responsibilities at the state level include serving as a consultant to the Florida Department of Health's Children's Medical Services and the audiology representative to the Genetics and Newborn Screening Advisory Council.

Vita/Bio

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
CURRICULUM VITAE

1. Date: July 10, 2014

PERSONAL

2. Name: Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D.

3. Home Phone: (305) 215-7623

4. Office Phone: (305) 243-5937

5. Home Address: 1111 Brickell Bay Drive, Apt. 1202, Miami, FL 33131

6. Current Academic Rank: Adjunct Associate Professor

7. Primary Department: Pediatrics

8. Secondary Appointment: Otolaryngology

9. Citizenship: USA

10. Visa Type: N/A

HIGHER EDUCATION

11. Institutional:

Baylor College of Medicine; Ph.D. (Audiology and Bioacoustics); May 1985
Central Michigan University; M.A. (Audiology); May 1976
University of Nebraska at Omaha; B.S. (Speech-Language Pathology); May 1974

12. Non-Institutional

None

13. Certification, Licensure:

Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology; American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association; 1979
U.S.A.F. Certification in Hearing Conservation (76 135);
United States Air Force; 1976
Hearing Aid Dispensing Certificate (Illinois) (1110) (Inactive)
Audiology Professional Practice License (Illinois)
(147 000332) (Inactive)
Audiology Professional Practice License (Florida)(AY0000037)

EXPERIENCE

14. Academic:

2002- Adjunct Associate Professor
School of Medicine
Universidad Catolica Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

1998 Adjunct Associate Professor (Primary Appointment)
Department of Pediatrics
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, Florida

1998- Adjunct Associate Professor (Secondary Appointment)
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, Florida


1995- Director, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Mailman Center for Child Development
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, Florida

1995-2002 Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Screening Team
Mailman Center for Child Development
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, Florida

1994-2002 Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Evaluation Team
Mailman Center for Child Development
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, Florida

1993-1994 Acting Director, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Mailman Center for Child Development
Department of Pediatrics
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, Florida

1990 Director, Division of Audiology
Mailman Center for Child Development
Department of Pediatrics
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, Florida

1990 1998 Adjunct Assistant Professor (Primary Appointment)
Department of Pediatrics
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, Florida

1990-1998 Adjunct Assistant Professor (Secondary Appointment)
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, Florida

1987 1990 Visiting Assistant Professor (Audiology)
University of Illinois
Champaign, Illinois

1985 1986 Instructor, Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, Texas

1985 Visiting Instructor
University of Puerto Rico Medical School
San Juan, Puerto Rico

15. Non-Academic:

1988 1990 Director of Research and Program Development
Department of Audiology
Carle Clinic Association
Urbana, Illinois


1986 1988 Director of Audiology and Speech Pathology
Carle Clinic Association
Urbana Illinois

16. Military:

United States Air Force
1985 1986 Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center
Chief, Audiology and Speech Pathology
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
1984 1985 Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center
Assistant Chief, Audiology and Speech Pathology
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
1981 1984 Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio
(Duty Station: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas)
1983 1984 Rehabilitation Coordinator
Cochlear Implant Project
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
1983 Laboratory Supervisor
Auditory Evoked Potentials Laboratory
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
1978 1981 Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Texas
Staff Audiologist
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
1976 1978 Clark Air Base, Philippines
Chief, Audiology
USAF Hospital Clark

Discharged November 1986
Discharge Type: Honorable
Rank at time of discharge: Captain (Major Selectee)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2006- Chair
Audiology Review Committee for Children's Medical Services,
Florida Department of Health

2006- Past-President
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists

2005-2006 President
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists


2005-2013 Trustee
FLASHA Foundation

2004- Audiology Representative
Genetics and Newborn Screening Advisory Council
Florida Department of Health

2004-2006 Alternate Co-Chair
Health Care Professions Advisory Committee (RUC)
American Medical Association

2004-2005 President-Elect
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists

2003-2005 Chair, Board of Trustees
FLASHA Foundation

2003-2004 Immediate Past President
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists

2003- Member, Health Care Professions Advisory Committee (RUC)
American Medical Association

2002-2009 President, Board of Trustees
Deaf Services Bureau of Dade County

2002-2003 President
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists

2001-2002 Vice-President, Board of Trustees
Deaf Services Bureau of Dade County

2001-2002 President-Elect
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists

2001- Member, Health Care Economics Committee
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

2001- Consultant, Prosecution Services Unit
Florida Department of Health

2000-2005 Member, Advisory Board
Children's Medical Service
Patient Tracking Grant from Center for Disease Control

1999- Consultant: Florida Medicaid Program
Hearing Services Program

1999-2001 Co-Chair, Governmental Education Committee
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists

1998-2001 Site Facilitator, University of Florida Doctor of Audiology Distance
Learning Program.
Courses: Auditory Electrophysiological Procedures, Medical
Audiology, Balance and Equilibrium, Hearing Aids, Auditory
Rehabilitation, Counseling, Business and Professional
Topics in Audiology.

1998-2000 Vice President for Governmental Education
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists

1998-1999 Professional Resource, Agency for Health Care Administration,
Division of Medicaid

1998 Consultant, Early Intervention Program, Melbourne, Florida

1997- 1999 Technical Assistant for Department of Health /
Children's Medical Service for the reorganization of
Florida's Early Intervention Program

1996-2000 Consultant, Agency for Health Care Administration,
State of Florida, for development of legislative initiative
for universal newborn hearing screening

1996-1998 Vice President for Professional Affairs in Audiology
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists

1996- 1999 Member, Committee to Review and Revise Standards
for Infant Hearing Screening
Children's Medical Service

1996- 2000 Member, CPT Code Workgroup
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

1995- 1996 Chair, CPT Code Review Committee
American Academy of Audiology

1995-1996 Chair, Task Force for Selection of Association Management
Company
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
and Audiology

1995- 1998 Title V Task Force: Coordinating Care for SSI Beneficiaries
State of Florida Task Force
Sponsor: Division of Maternal and Child Health
Health and Human Services

1994-1995 Consultant, Subcommittee on Equilibrium
American Academy of Otolaryngology -
Head and Neck Surgery

1993-1995 Vice President for Clinical / Health Care
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
and Audiology

1991-1993 Member, Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Future of the Professions
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

1991-1993 Chair, Audiology Standards Committee
Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association

1989 1994 Member, Subcommittee on Equilibrium
American Academy of Otolaryngology
Head and Neck Surgery

1989 1990 Member, Institutional Research Committee
Carle Clinic Association
Urbana, Illinois

1984 1986 Chairman, Cochlear Implant Patient Selection Committee
Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

1984 1986 Member, Learning Disabilities Board
Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas


PUBLICATIONS

17. Books and Monographs Published:

None

18. Juried or refereed journal articles and exhibitions:

Bandstra, ES, Morrow, CE, Vogel, AL, Fifer, RC, Ofir, AY, Dausa, AT, Xue, L, Anthony, JC. (2002) Longitudinal influence of prenatal cocaine exposure on child language functioning. Neurotoxicity and Teratology. 24: 297-308.

Greenberg, I., Fifer, R. (2000) Evidence That the Association Between Hypernasality and 22Q11 Deletion Syndrome Still Goes Undetected: A Case Study. American Journal of Speech and Language Disorders. 9: 197-201.

Fifer, R., Dausa, A. (1996) Utilidad clinica de las otoemisiones acusticas. Otolaringologica. 18: (3) 53-64.

Fifer, R. (1996) Central auditory processing disorder: Clinical case studies. Tejas: A Journal of Communication Disorders. 21 (1): 11-14.

Fifer, R. (1993) Insular stroke causing unilateral auditory processing disorder: Case report. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology 4: 364-369.

Fifer, R., and Novak, M. (1991) Prediction of auditory nerve survival in humans using the electrical auditory brainstem response. American Journal of Otology 12: 350-356.

Fifer, R., and Novak, M. (1990). Myogenic influences on the electrical auditory brainstem response (EABR) in humans. Laryngoscope 100: 1180-1184.

Novak, M., Fifer, R., Barkmeier, J., and Firszt, J. (1990). Labyrinthine ossification after meningitis: Its implications for cohclear implantion. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 103: 351-356.

Yellin, MW., Jerger, J., and Fifer, R. (1989). Norms for disproportianately poor speech intelligibility. Ear and Hearing 10: 231 234.

Fifer, R., and Sierra Irizarry,. (1989). Clinical applications of the auditory middle latency response. American Journal of Otology 9: (Supp) 47 56.

Vedder, J., Barrs, D., and Fifer, R. (1988). Use of middle latency response in diagnosis of cortical deafness. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 98: 333 337.

Barrs, D., Jordan, C., Fifer, R. (June, 1986). The cochlear implant program. Aerospace Medicine 151: 509-513.

Cantu, E., Fifer, R., Shagets, F., Newton, W. (1986). Customized tracheoesophageal housings How I do it. Laryngoscope 96: 1159 1163.

Jerger, J., Fifer, R., Jenkins, H., Mecklenburg, D. (1986). Stapedius reflex to electrical stimulation in a patient with cochlear implant. Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology 95: 151 157.

Fifer, R., Stach, B., Jerger, J. (1984). Use of the Minimal Auditory Capabilities Battery in prelingual and post lingual hearing impaired adults. Ear and Hearing 5: 87 90.

Fifer, R., Jerger, J., Berlin, C., Tobey, E., and Campbell, J. (1983). Development of a dichotic sentence identification (DSI) test for use in hearing impaired adults. Ear and Hearing 4: 300 306.

19. Other works, publications, and abstracts:

Fifer, R. (2007) The Evolution of Reimbursement for Audiology. in (Hosford-Dunn, H., Roeser, R., and Valente, M. eds.) Audiology: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Practice Management, 2nd Edition. New York: Thieme.

Fifer, R. (2006) Coding and Documentation: A Tutorial. Seminars in Hearing. 27 (1); 18-26.

Fifer, R. (1997). Book Review. Hair Cells and Hearing Aids (Berlin, C.I., author). Ear and Hearing. 18: 167.

Fifer, R. and Novak, M. (1991) Letter to the editor: Reply to Kileny et al. American Journal of Otology 12: 350.

Fifer, R. (1986). Book Review: Central Auditory Processing in Children (Willeford and Baugh, authors). Ear and Hearing 7: 413 414.

20. Other works accepted for publication:

Fifer, R. (2006) Documentation requirements related to reimbursement for audiology services. The ASHA Leader 11(12): 6-7, 30.

Fifer, R. (2006) Everything you wanted to know about CPT codes but didn't know whom to ask. The Hearing Journal 59: 10-18.

PROFESSIONAL

21. Funded Research Performed:

Green Family Foundation
Use of Auditory Evoked Potentials to Predict Auditory Processing Disorders in
HIV-Positive Children.
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D.
Effective Dates: 8/27/06 - 8/24/07
Direct Costs: $15,000

Florida Legislature / Children's Medical Service
Tallahassee, Florida
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Pilot Project
Co-principal investigators: F. Joseph Kemker, Ph.D.
Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D.
Effective dates: 7/1/98 - 6/30/99
Direct costs: $242,000

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
Development of a Test Protocol for Using Distortion Product
Otoacoustic Emissions for Newborn Hearing Screening.
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D.
Effective Dates: 1/1/97 - 10/31/97
Direct Costs: $10,000

NIH/NICHD SBIR II #5 R44 HD23057-03
Automated Behavioral Hearing Testing Device for Infants
Principal investigator: Rebecca Eilers, Ph.D.
Effective dates: 9/1/89 - 8/31/92
Direct costs: $234,817

DOE/NIDRR
Comparing Cochlear Implants and Tactual Vocoders in a Deaf Education Classroom Setting
Principal investigator: Rebecca Eilers, Ph.D.
Effective dates: 6/1/91 - 5/31/94
Direct costs: $284,793

NIH/NICHD SBIR
Fast Tracking Intra-operative EP Monitoring Device
Principal investigator: Ozcan Ozdamar, Ph.D.
Effective dates: 12/20/91 - 6/20/92
Direct Costs: $16,500

Washington Square Health Foundation, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois
Diagnostic Usefulness of the Electrical ABR for Cochlear Implant Candidates
Principal investigator: Robert Fifer, Ph.D.
Effective dates: 10/1/88 - 3/31/90
Direct costs: $11,000

Carle Foundation
Urbana, Illinois
Prediction of Maximum Comfort Levels for Cochlear Implant
Patients Using the Electrically Elicited Stapedius Reflex
Principal investigator: Robert Fifer, Ph.D.
Effective dates: 5/1/89 - 4/30/90
Direct costs: $8,500

22. Editorial Responsibilities:

1993- Editorial Consultant
Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
1991- Editorial Consultant
"FLASHA"
1989 1998 Editorial Consultant
"Electroencephalography and Clinical
Neurophysiology"
1988 1996 Editorial Board
"American Journal of Otology"
1984 1986 Editorial Consultant
"Journal of Speech and Hearing Research"
1983 Editorial Consultant
"Ear and Hearing"

23. Professional and Honorary Organizations:

Acoustical Society of America
Member; 1986 to present
Air Force Audiology Association
Member; 1981 to 1987;
Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee; 1984
American Academy of Audiology
Member (Fellow); 1988 to present
American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Associate Member; 1987 to present
American Auditory Society
Member; 1975 to present
American Speech Language Hearing Association
Member; 1975 to present
Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Member; 1987 to present
Florida Academy of Audiology
Member, 2000 to present
Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Member; 1990 to present;
Chair, Audiology Standards Committee; 1991-1993
Vice-President for Clinical / Health Care; 1993 - 1995
Vice-President for Professional Affairs in Audiology; 1996-1998
Vice-President for Governmental Education; 1998-2000
Co-chair, Governmental Education Committee; 2000-2001
President-elect; 2001-2002
President; 2002-2003
Past-President; 2003-2004
President-elect; 2004-2005
President; 2005-2006
Past-President; 2006-present
Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association
Member; 1986 - 1990
International Society of Audiology
Member, 2002 to present
Miami Area Communication Specialists (MACS)
Member; 1991 to 2003
Military Audiology and Speech Pathology Society
Member; 1978 - 1986
Texas Speech Language Hearing Association
Member; 1978 - 1987

24. Honors and Awards:

2006 Abraham Lincoln High School Hall of Fame
Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa
2005 Fellow
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2004 Honors of the Association
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists
2000 President's Special Recognition Award
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists
1998 Clinician of the Year Award
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists
1992 President's Special Recognition Award
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists
1981 U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for exemplary service
1978 U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for exemplary service

25. Post-Doctoral Fellowships:

None

26. Other Professional Activities:

2001-present National Internet Chat Room Host
Coding and Reimbursement Course
University of Florida Doctor of Audiology Program
1993 Program Coordinator, Winter Convention
Auditory Rehabilitation
Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Clearwater, Florida
1992- Research Consultant
Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center
United States Air Force
1992 Program Coordinator, Fall Convention
Evaluation and Management of the Balance
Disordered Patient
Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
1991 Session Chairman
American Auditory Society
Kansas City, Missouri
1990- Administrator, Continuing Education Programs
for Audiology and Speech Pathology
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, Florida
1989 Session Chairman
Auditory Anatomy and Pathophysiology
American Auditory Society
New Orleans, Louisiana
1989 Member, Program Committee
American Auditory Society Annual Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana
1988 Session Chairman
New Aspects of Central Auditory Evaluations in Children
Illinois Speech Language Hearing Convention
Chicago, Illinois
1987 1990 Administrator, Continuing Education Programs for Audiology and Speech Pathology
Carle Clinic Association
Urbana, Illinois
1986 Program Moderator
ABR in Neonates and High Risk Infants
ASHA Annual Convention
Detroit, Michigan
1986 Chairman, Membership Committee
Air Force Audiology Association
1985 Program Moderator
Intraoperative Evoked Potential Monitoring
ASHA Regional Conference
San Antonio, Texas
1977 1978 Consultant in Hearing Conservation
U.S. Navy, PACCOMFLEET
1976 1978 Consultant in Audiology
13th Air Force, PACAF

 

ADVANCED TRAINING RELATED TO AUDIOLOGY:

1992 Minimed cochlear implant system: Programming,
rehabilitation, and FDA protocol.
Advanced Bionics
Burbank, California
1985 Intracranial and Intraoperative Evoked Potential Monitoring
Instructor: Dr. Aage Moller
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
1983 Extra cochlear Implant Rehabilitation
3M Corporation
St. Paul, Minnesota
1978 Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Workshop
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

WORKSHOPS AND TEACHING SEMINARS (by invitation):

1. A description of a multi channel cochlear implant system. Academy of Rehabilitation Audiology. Watts Bar Dam, Tennessee. June 1984.
2. Principles of auditory evoked potential test procedures. University of Puerto Rico
Medical School, San Juan, Puerto Rico. March 1985.
3. Middle latency responses in neonates: Characteristics and applications. Scott
Haug Memorial Symposium. September 1985.
4. Auditory evoked potentials in cases of learning disability. Vth Army Regional
Audiology Conference. San Antonio, Texas. December 1985.
5. Cochlear Implants: State of the art and application for children. Illinois School for
the Deaf Continuing Education Workshop. Jacksonville, Illinois. March 1987.
6. Current perspectives of clinical audiology. Carle Clinic, Urbana, Illinois. September
1987.
a. Intraoperative monitoring
b. Middle and late evoked potentials
c. Assistive listening devices
7. Symposium on central auditory processing. Carle Clinic, Urbana, Illinois. August
1988.
a. Overview of auditory processing problems
b. Preferred auditory processing test battery: Panel discussion
c. Impact of auditory processing problems on audiological
clinical diagnostics
d. What's my lesion?: Panel discussion
e. Assistive listening devices and environmental manipulations
8. Air Force Audiology Association Annual Meeting. Boston, Massachusetts.
November 1988.
a. Auditory processing test battery selection
b. Interaction between peripheral and central sites of lesion
9. Current issues in central auditory processing. Indiana Speech and Hearing
Association. Indianapolis, Indiana. April 1989.
10. Auditory Evoked Potentials: State of the Art. West Virginia Speech and Hearing
Association. Huntington, West Virginia. May 1989.
11. Central auditory processing: Physiology and assessment. West Virginia Speech
and Hearing Association. Huntington, West Virginia. May 1989.
12. Symposium on Electrophysiologic Measurements. Carle Clinic Association,
Urbana, Illinois. August 1989.
a. Historial overview of electrophysiologic techniques
b. MLR in children with LD and ADD
c. Electrocochleography: Electrode design and response configuration
d. Current status of intraoperative monitoring
e. Characteristics of the electrical ABR in normal and hearing impaired listeners
f. Electrophysiological relationships between the ABR, MLR, and VER
measurements
g. Moderator: Practical tips of "how to do it"
h. Summary and closing remarks
13. Update on cochlear implants. Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association.
Chicago, Illinois. February 1990.
14. Auditory anatomy and physiology. Wisconsin Speech Language Hearing
Association. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. April 1990.
15. Advanced concepts of auditory evoked potentials. Wisconsin
Speech Language Hearing Association. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. April 1990.
16. Intermediate/Advanced course in auditory evoked potentials. Dartmouth Medical
School. Hanover, New Hampshire. June1990.
a. Appropriate stimuli for the ABR and MLR
b. Electrocochleography
c. Difficult issues in pediatric ABR
d. ABR interpretation and reading
e. Intraoperative monitoring
f. Clinical concepts of the MLR
17. Introduction to assessment and management of central auditory disorders.
Dartmouth Medical School. Hanover, New Hampshire. June 1990.
a. Dichotic test paradigms
b. Electrophysiological tests
c. Test strategies and batteries
d. Assistive listening devices and educational acoustics
18. An overview of Cochlear Implants (with T.J. Balkany, A. Beiter, and R. Wysocki).
Miami Area Communication Specialists (MACS). Miami, Florida. September 1990.
19. Demystifying Auditory Processing. University of Texas Health Science Center. San
Antonio, Texas. February 1991.
20. Intraoperative monitoring. Otolaryngology Update: 1991. Bal Harbor, Florida.
March 1991.
21. Auditory processing disorders: Removing the mystery and reducing the frustration.
Massachusetts Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Lowell, Massachusetts.
April 1991.
22. Recent advances and diagnostic applications of evoked potentials. Massachusetts
Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Lowell, Massachusetts. April 1991.
23. Symposium on Peripheral and Central Factors that Influence Auditory
Rehabilitation. Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami School
of Medicine. January 1992.
a. Central auditory disorders and hearing aids
(with Frank Musiek, Ph.D.)
b. Assistive listening devices
c. Cochlear implant update
24. Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Gainsville, Florida. Chair, panel
discussion: The Aud.D. - Response to David Goldstein, Ph.D. January 1992.
25. Otoacoustic emissions and newborn screening. Symposium on Clinical Testing of
Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions. University of Miami School of Medicine. March
1992.
26. Texas Mental Health/Mental Retardation Annual Meeting. Austin, Texas. May
1992.
a. Auditory anatomy and physiology
b. Objective tests of auditory function.
27. Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Update in Neuroaudiology.
Innisbrook, Florida. May 1992.
a. Auditory physiology: Central and peripheral interactions.
b. Update on infant hearing screening models.
28. Grupo DOI. Course on cochlear implants. Buenos Aires, Argentina. July 1992.
29. El Congresso National de Sordo. Buenos Aires, Argentina. July 1992.
a. Patient selection criteria for cochlear implants.
b. Rehabilitation of the cochlear implant patient.
30. Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
October 1992.
a. Panel discussion: Case presentations.
b. New developments in the area of balance disorders.
31. Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Clearwater Beach, Florida.
January 1993.
a. Non-traditional hearing aid fitting strategies
32. Current Perspectives in Audiology: Pediatrics. Mailman Center for Child
Development. Bal Harbor, Florida. January 1993.
a. An update on infant hearing screening protocols: ABR, otoacoustic
emissions, risk registry.
b. Caveats in fitting hearing aids to infants and young children.
33. Fundacion Otologica Tato. Buenos Aires, Argentina. May 1993
a. Auditory anatomy and physiology
b. Neuromaturational processes and audiological evaluation tools
c. Central auditory processing
d. Infant hearing screening
e. An update on cochlear implants
f. Hearing fitting strategies
g. Electroneuronography
h. Intraoperative monitoring
i. Electrocochleography
j. Advanced application of auditory middle and late responses
34. Florida Language Speech Hearing Association. Tallahassee, Florida. January
1994.
a. Grand rounds in central auditory processing (Case studies).
35. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. National Consensus
Development Conference on Auditory Processing Disorders. Albuquerque, New
Mexico. March 1994.
a. Clinical patterns of children with auditory processing disorders.
36. Fundacion Otologica Tato. Buenos Aires, Argentina. August, 1994.
a. A review of auditory anatomy and physiology
b. Fitting hearing aids in neonates: challenges and limitations.
c. Otoacoustic emissions
d. Future directions for cochlear implants
e. Rehabilitation of hearing impaired children using sensory aids
f. Diagnostic value of auditory tests
g. Selection of the cochlear implant candidate
h. Programming the cochlear implant
37. Central Auditory Processing. The Village of Hope. Department of Pediatrics,
University of Texas Health Science Center. San Antonio, Texas. February, 1995.
38. Using CPT and other objective codes in the professional practice. American
Academy of Audiology. Dallas, Texas. March 1995.
39. Preliminary Findings: Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions for Early Detection
of Hearing Loss in Infants. Children's Medical Service. Tampa, Florida. April
1996.
40. Hearx Educational Seminar. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. July 1996.
a. Auditory evoked potentials
b. Fitting hearing aids to young infants and children
c. Otoacoustic emissions
d. Behavioral testing (VRA, BOA, etc.) with young children
d. Auditory anatomy and physiology: A review
e. Central auditory processing
f. Cochlear implants: Referral criteria
41. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Annual Convention, Seattle,
Washington. November 1996.
a. Panel presentation: Otoacoustic emissions in newborn hearing screening.
42. Faculdad de Medicina, Marilia, Brazil. May 1997
a. Progress in early identification of hearing loss in infants
b. The role of artificial hearing devices in teaching language: how to maximize
potential benefit
c. Interdisciplinary models in the diagnosis of developmental disorders in
children: practical considerations.
d. Strategies for the intervention of hearing impairment: cochlear implants,
hearing aids, and other assistive devices.
43. Medical Association of the Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. May 1997.
Current strategies on the use of cochlear implants and other devices for the
treatment of deafness.
44. Catholic University, Porto Alegre, Brazil. May 1997.
a. Progress in early identification of hearing loss in infants
b. The role of artificial hearing devices in teaching language: how to maximize
potential benefit
c. Interdisciplinary models in the diagnosis of developmental disorders in
children: practical considerations.
45. Universidad Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Brazil. May 1997.
Audiology update: Identification and intervention of hearing loss and other
auditory disorders.
46. Fundacion Otologica Tato, Buenos Aires, Argentina. May 1997.
a. Audiological Grand Rounds: Presentation and discussion of unusual cases.
b. Progress in early identification of hearing loss in infants
c. The role of artificial hearing devices in teaching language: how to maximize
potential benefit
d. Interdisciplinary models in the diagnosis of developmental disorders in
children: practical considerations.
e. Strategies for the intervention of hearing impairment: cochlear implants,
hearing aids, and other assistive devices.
47. "You should hear what you are missing! A discussion of damage to the ear and its
effects on musicians. Piano Technician's Guild Annual Meeting. Orlando, Florida. July 1997.
48. Auditory development and language development. Reunion of Adaptive Parents of
Romanian Orphans (Sponsored by the University of Texas Health Sciences
Center). San Antonio, Texas. August 1997.
49. Florida Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists Summer
Seminar. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. August 1997.
a. Appropriate use of CPT and ICD-9 codes.
b. Update on Medicare's regulations regarding audiology practices.
50. Florida Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists Annual
Convention. Marco Island, Florida. May 1998.
a. Governmental Affairs Update: Universal newborn hearing screening, Hearing
aids, Public School Educational Standards.
51. Coalition for the Post-Institutionalized Child. Miami, Florida. June 1998.
a. The Development of Auditory Skills and Language Abilities.
52. United Cerebral Palsy of Miami. Miami, Florida. June 1998.
a. The Effects of Otitis Media on Language Abilities.
53. La Semana Lucha Contra de la Sordera. Buenos Aires, Argentina. July 1998.
a. Early detection of hearing impairment in neonates using evoked potentials
and otoacoustic emissions (presented with Brad A. Stach, Ph.D.).
b. Overview of anatomy and physiology of the auditory system.
c. Early intervention for auditory problems.
d. Diagnostic procedures for central auditory processing evaluations.
e. Round table discussion: Cochlear implants in children.
54. Florida Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists Summer
Audiology Seminar. Sarasota, Florida. August 1998.
a. Pilot project for infant hearing screening (presented with F. Joseph Kemker,
Ph.D.).
55. Congreso Nacional de Otolaryngologia. Tucuman, Argentina. September 1998.
a. Round table discussion: Early detection of hearing loss in infants.
b. Round table discussion: Advantages and limitations of otoacoustic emissions
and auditory evoked potentials.
c. Anatomy and physiology of the auditory system.
d. Auditory and linguistic development in normal and hearing impaired children.
56. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. San Antonio, Texas. November 1998.
a. CPT and ICD-9 coding
57. Stand Up for Children: Infants and Toddlers. Tampa, Florida. April, 1999.
a. What does listening have to do with brain development?
58. Children's Medical Service Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. May, 1999.
a. Update on Florida's Universal Hearing Screening Pilot Project (with F. Joseph Kemker, Ph.D.)
59. American Tinnitus Association. Miami Beach, Florida. May, 1999.
a. An introduction to tinnitus
60. University of Florida. Orlando, Florida. June, 1999.
a. Otoacoustic emissions evaluations in neonates. (With F. Joseph Kemker, Ph.D.)
61. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. San
Francisco, California. November 1999.
a. Maximizing Reimbursement: Correct Billing and Coding (With Harriet
Klontz, Marilyn Workinger, Ph.D., and Walt Smoski, Ph.D.)
62. Network of Educators of Children With Cochlear Implants: Curriculum Workshop.
Miami, Florida. July 2000.
a. Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
63. Palms West Hospital, Loxahatchie, Florida. Training workshop on using
otoacoustic emissions for newborn hearing screening. September 2000.
64. XXVI Congreso Argentino de Otorrinolaringologia. Salta, Argentina. October
2000.
a. Emisiones otoacusticas
b. Diagnostico precoz de hipoacusia
c. Criterios de seleccion para implantes cocleares
65. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention.
Washington, D.C. November 2000.
30. Billing and Coding Tips for Audiologists. (With Walter Smoski, Ph.D., Dianne Meyer, Ph.D., and Steven White, Ph.D.)
31. Difficult diagnostic and counseling cases in pediatric audiology (With Ana Dausa, Au.D.)
66. Florida Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists. Winter Audiology Conference. Orlando, Florida. January 2001.
a. Managing Newborns with Hearing Loss: The University of Miami Experience (With Ana Dausa, Au.D.)
b. Case presentations. (With Ana Dausa, AuD.)
67. American Academy of Audiology. San Diego, California. April 2001
a. The Role of the Audiologist in IDEA / Part C (With Ana Dausa, Au.D.
68. Mount Sinai Hospital, Miami, Florida. May 2001.
a. Universal Newborn Hearing Screening.
69. Jornadas Sexagesimo Aniversario del Club Otorrinolaringologico, Buenos Aires,
Argentina. October 2001.
a. Intervencion precoz en la hipoacusia infantil.
b. Mesa Redonda: Implantacion Coclear.
c. Neuropatia auditiva: nuestros conocimientos al dia de hoy.
d. La importancia del sistema auditivo central en el fenomeno de la audicion.
e. Mesa Redonda: Una propuesta de manejo racional para el diagnostico medico - audiologico de las hipoacusias sensorioneurales.
70. Fundacion Otologico Tato, Bariloche, Argentina. El propuesta por screening universal en la poblacion de infantes. October 2001.
71. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. New Orleans, Louisiana. An update in professional coding issues. November 2001.
72. Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. A short course leading to cochlear implantation. December 2001.
a. Auditory anatomy and neurophysiology
b. Central auditory processing of acoustic information
c. Labor intensive risk factors for hearing loss
d. Intervention techniques for early identified hearing impaired infants
e. Candidacy for cochlear implantation for children and adults
73. Easter Seals of Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach, Florida. Medicaid billing and documentation. April 2002.
74. Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Sarasota, Florida. Early development of audition and language. May 2002.
75. Semana Nacional de Lucha Contra la Sordera. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Round Table Presentation: Auditory Neuropathy. July 2002.
76. Universidad Catolica Argentina. Buenos Aires, Argentina. July 2002.
a. An overview of cochlear electrophysiology
b. Interactions of the central auditory pathways with other systems of the brain.
73. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Atlanta, Georgia. November
2002.
a. An operational foundation for CPT and ICD-9 Codes
b. Audiology coding and reimbursement actions in 2002 (with Steven White,
Ph.D, Walter Smoski, Ph.D., Thomas Rees, Ph.D.)
73. Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Marco Island, Florida. May 2003
a. Amplification fittings in infants and children (with Ana Dausa, AuD.)
b. Audiology grand rounds
74. Bilingual Therapies, Inc. Annual Symposium. Chicago, Illinois. July 2003
a. Early audition, brain development, and bilingual environments
b. Roundtable: Use of bilingual therapy assistants
73. American Speech-Language-Hearing Convention. Chicago Illinois. November
2003
a. An update on CPT coding
b. A seminar on Coding and Billing
73. Masters of Pediatrics: Contemporary and Future Pediatrics. Miami Beach, Florida. Recognition and evaluation of hearing impaired children. January 2004.
74. California Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Long Beach, California. March 2004.
a. A tour of the brain: from sensory reception to linguistic processing
b. Procedural Coding: Hows, whys, and wherefores
75. Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Orlando,
Florida. May 2004.
a. Coding and Reimbursement: The Hows, Whys, and Wherefores.
b. Medical Necessity of SLP Services in SNFs. (with Donna Fitzgerald and
Peter Johnson)
c. Audition, Language, and Information Processing
76. La Semana Lucha Contra de la Sordera. Buenos Aires, Argentina. July 2004.
a. Deteccion Temprana de las hipoacusias
b. Mesa Redonda: Hipoacusias Severas y Profundas del Nino y Del Adulto:
Deteccion y Evaluacion Multidisciplinaria
c. Conferencia: Proceso Auditivo Central y Lenguaje
d. Conferencia: Anatomo-Fisiologa de la Via Auditiva
77. Florida Academy of Audiology. Orlando, Florida. August 2004. Florida's Audiology Assessment Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers: Management of Young Children with Hearing Loss. (With Karen Anderson, Holle Whitaker, Paula Golson, and Fred Rahe).
78. Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists. Chattanooga, Tennessee. October 2004. Fundamentals and Current Trends in Coding and Documentation.
79. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. November 2004. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
a. Show Me the Money - Breaking the Reimbursement Code (Part I) (with
Nancy Swigert, StevenWhite, and R. Wayne Holland).
b. Show Me the Money! Breaking the Reimbursement Code II: Audiology (with
Connie Barker, Thomas Rees, Kyle Dennis, and Martin Robinette)
80. Fifer, R. The influence of environmental factors on language development.
Masters of Pediatrics. January 2005. Bal Harbor, Florida.
81. Fifer, R. CPT coding: Let's get paid! Florida Association of Speech-Language
Pathologists and Audiologists. May 2005. Marco Island, Florida.
82. Fifer, R. Fundamentals of procedural coding, diagnostic coding, and medical
record documentation. Indian Health Service. June 2005. Billings, Montana.
83. Fifer, R. Billing issues, interaction with other professionsals (team approach who should also see these children, why and what they can tell us ! University of Connecticut Annual Central Auditory Processing Symposium. July 2005. Storrs, Connecticut.
84. Hall, J.W. and Fifer, R. Confirmation of infant hearing ability: electrophysiological techniques and interpretation. Florida Academy of Audiology. August 2005. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
85. Fifer, R. Reimbursement, coding, and documentation for the audiologist. Maryland Academy of Audiology. September 2005. Ocean City, Maryland.
86. Fifer, R. Diagnosing hearing loss and intervention options. Masters of Pediatrics. January 2006. Bal Harbor, Florida.
87. Fifer, R. Fundamentals of coding, documentation, and reimbursement. Indian Health Service. Albuquerque, New Mexico. April 2006.
88. Fifer, R. 2006 update on CPT coding changes and issues. Audiology Online Web Seminar. May 2006.
89. Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Orlando, Florida. May 2006.
a. Reimbursement panel and roundtable discussions (with Stacie Rubin-Smith and Candace de Haven)
b. Central auditory and linguistic interactions in bilingualism
c. Review and update of CPT and ICD-9 coding and documentation
d. Leadership through advocacy involvement
90. Fifer, R. Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. August 2006.
a. A tour of the brain: anatomy and physiology, auditory processing, linguistic processing, and bilingualism.
b. Procedure and diagnostic coding update for 2006.
91. Fifer, R. Money, Money, Money. Coding and reimbursement. Council of State Association Presidents Teleconference. August 2006.

92. Fifer, R. Coding and Reimbursement: The Hows, Whys, and Wherefores. Rhode Island Academy of Audiology. Providence, Rhode Island. October 2006.
93. Fifer, R. Seminar on Coding and Documentation. Indian Health Service. Ada, Oklahoma. March 2007.
94. Fifer, R. 2007 Update on CPT and Diagnostic Codes. Web Seminar: AudiologyOnline.Com. April 2007.
95. Fifer, R., Abel, D. Coding and Documentation for Practice Management. American Academy of Audiology. Denver, Colorado. April 2007.
96. Fifer, R. Discovering auditory processing disorders in the ‘tweens. Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Marco Island, Florida. May 2007.
97. Fifer, R. Interdisciplinary teaming. Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Marco Island, Florida. May 2007.
98. Fifer, R. Coding, Reimbursement, and Documentation. Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Orlando, Florida. September 2007.
99. Fifer, R. Illinois Academy of Audiology. Chicago, Illinois. January 2008.
a. Coding: Issues and Updates
b. The Great Debate: Autonomous Private Practice is the Only Path to Realizing the Full Potential of Audiology as Profession (Negative position)
100. Fifer, R. Breaking the Code to Get Paid. Audiology Resources Association. Charlotte, North Carolina. February 2008.
101. Fifer, R. Early Auditory and Language Development, When to be Concerned. Masters of Pediatrics. Miami Beach, Florida. February 2008.
102. Fifer, R. Coding Update: Current Changes, Problems, and Pitfalls. Audiology Online. Webcast from Rockville, Maryland. March 2008.
103. Abel, D., Williams, K., Clark, S., Fifer, R. RUC and Roll: RBRVS and RUC Process 2008. American Academy of Audiology. Charlotte, North Carolina. April 2008.
104. Fifer, R. Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Orlando, Florida. May 2008.
a. Ethics: More than just a matter of doing the right thing.
b. Advocacy and negotiation for improved health plan coverage and reimbursement panel (with Steve White, Ph.D. and Pete Johnson, Ph.D.).
c. An update on coding and reimbursement: Current issues.
d. A tour of the developing brain: Let me hear the light!
105. Fifer, R., Swigert, N., Rees, T., White, S., Nikjeh, D., Woods, R., Holland, W., Henri, B. It's not just coding, it's your livelihood! American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Chicago, Illinois. November 2008.
106. Fifer, R., White, W. The impact of the new Medicare regulations on audiology. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Chicago, Illinois. November 2008.
107. Fifer, R., 2009 Update on Coding, Documentation, and Practice Management. Audiology Resources Association. Charlotte, North Carolina. February 2009.
108. Fifer R. Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Columbus, Ohio. March 2009.
a. Auditory profiles of children with HIV.
b. Billing panel: Billing and coding for reimbursement (with Bradie, Polasky, Hofbauer).
c. Cracking the code for payment (aka: Sharing the frustration of healthcare)
109. Fifer, R. Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Jackson, Mississippi. March 2009.
a. Dealing with the regulations: Are you smarter than a 5th grader?
b. A tour of the brain: Illuminations of information processing.
110. Fifer, R. Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. April 2009.
a. Breaking the code (aka Sharing reimbursement frustration).
b. A tour of the brain: sensory input through information processing.
111. Fifer, R. Coding Updates - What does this mean for audiologists? Florida Academy of Audiology. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. August 2009.
112. Fifer, R. Coding and Documentation for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists: 2009. University of Georgia. Athens, Georgia. August 2009.
113. Fifer R. Understanding the Application of CPT Code 92626. Webinar sponsored by Advanced Bionics, Corp. August 2009.
114. Fifer, R. XX Semana Nacional de Lucha contra la Sordera. Buenos Aires, Argentina. October 2009.
a. Neuropatia auditiva. Que sabemos hasta el momento sobre este desorden.
b. Desarrollo cerebral y procesamiento de la información auditiva en el SNC
c. Mesa redonda. Procedimientos para el diagnostico del D-PAC.
d. Un tour breve de cerebro. Parte II.
e. Mesa redonda. Implantes cocleares.
f. Perfil auditiva en ninos con HIV.
115. Fifer, R. and Zwolen, T. Documentation for the Cochlear Implant Clinic. Webinar sponsored by Advanced Bionics, Corp. November 2009.
116. Fifer, R. and Cavitt, K. An Audiologists Guide to PQRI. Webinar sponsored by AudiologyOnline. January 2010.
117. Fifer, R. Update on CPT coding. Webinar sponsored by GN Otometrics, Corp. February 2010.
118. Fifer, R. and White, S. 2010 Update on Coding and Documentation. Webinar sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. February 2010.
119. Fifer, R. Audiological Resources Association: 2010 Update. Audiological Resources Association. Charlotte, North Carolina. February 2010.
120. Fifer, R. Being Successful in Coding and Documentation: Nuances, Regulations, and Pitfalls. Mid-South Audiology Conference. Memphis, Tennessee. February, 2010.
121. Fifer, R. Bilingualism and learning. Medical Issues and the Growing Child. Mailman Center for Child Development. March 2010.
122. Fifer, R. A tour of the brain: From input through output. Western Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit IV. Grove City, Pennsylvania.
123. Fifer, R. AudiologyOnline 2010 Coding and Documentation Update. Webinar sponsored by AudiologyOnline. March 2010.
124. Fifer, R. Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Orlando, Florida. May 2010.
a. Bilingualism and Signal to Noise Ratio
b. Update on billing
c. Issues that go beyond the audiogram
125. Fifer, R., Gerstenberger, J., Maceda, J. Issues that go beyond the audiogram. Poster session. Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Crystal City, Virginia. November 2010.
126. Fifer, R. Billing and Coding - 2011 Update. Web Seminar: AudiologyOnline.Com. February 2011.
127. Fifer, R., White, S. 2011 Audiology Coding and Reimbursement Update. Web Seminar. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. February 2011.
128. Fifer, R. Primer in billing for professional services. Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Marco Island, Florida. May 2011.
129. Fifer, R. Nemours Pediatric Conference. Cape Cod, MA. August 2011.
a. Listening behaviors: Clinical cues for your practice
b. Everything you wanted to know about the ear but were afraid to ask: Part 1
c. Everything you wanted to know about the ear but were afraid to ask: Part 2
130. Fifer, R. The elements of payment: Coding, documentation, and reimbursement rules. Gerald A. Studebaker Lecture Series, University of Memphis School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Memphis, Tennessee. October 2011.
131. Fifer, R. Audiology Coding and Reimbursement. New Mexico Speech, Language, Hearing Association (NMSHA) Annual Convention. Albuquerque, New Mexico. October 2011.
132. Fifer, R. Changing Health Care Financing for EHSI Programs: The Essential Elements of Reimbursement. Fourth Southeastern Regional EHDI Conference. Raleigh, North Carolina. October 2011.
133. Fifer, R. Reimbursement: the 2012 Perspective. Web Seminar: AudiologyOnline.Com. February 2012.
134. Fifer, R. 2012 Audiology Coding and Reimbursement Update. Web Seminar: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. March 2012.
135. Fifer, R. An Overview of Pediatric Audiology. Thai Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Bangkok, Thailand. April 2012.
a. Developmental Anatomy and Physiology
b. What makes hearing loss risk factors risk factors?
c. Assessment of Infants
i. Otoacoustic emissions
ii. Auditory Brainstem Response
iii. Auditory Steady State Evoked Potentials
iv. Tympanometry in infants
v. Acoustic reflexes in infants
d. Audiometric assessment of toddlers
i. Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
ii. Conditioned Play Audiometry
iii. Tympanometry
iv. Acoustic Reflexes
e. Intervention
i. Hearing aids
ii. Cochlear implants
iii. Auditory training
f. Syndromes
g. Developmental hearing checklist
h. Pulling it all together to perform pediatric audiology
136. Cornet, BS and Fifer, RC. Value, Not Volume. National Reimbursement Landscape Summit. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Rockville, Maryland. October 2012.
137. Fifer, RC. The Changing Character of Reimbursement: We have entered a new era. Michigan Audiology Coalition. East Lansing, Michigan. October 2012.
138. Fifer, RC and Robinson, T. A Sea Change in Reimbursement Principles: Outcomes, not Procedures. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Atlanta, Georgia. November 2012.
139. Fifer, RC. Dramatic Changes in Reimbursement for Healthcare Services. Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Jackson, Mississippi. March 2013.
140. Fifer, R. Coding and Reimbursement: Changing Landscape in Hearing Healthcare. Palm Springs Hearing Seminar. Palm Springs, California. December 2013.
141. Fifer, R. North Carolina Academy of Hearing Rehabilitation. Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. April 2014.
a. Coding and billing issues affecting your hearing aid practice
b. Counseling parents regarding amplification for their children with recently identified hearing loss
142. Nikjeh, D. and Fifer, R. Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Orlando, Florida. April 2014
a. Healthcare Reimbursement Update: Part 1
b. Healthcare Reimbursement Update: Part 2

MAJOR SCIENTIFIC PAPER PRESENTATIONS:
(Meetings and Symposia; abstracts of these presentations have also been published):

1. Fifer, R. Auditory dysfunction rendering the appearance of nonorganic hearing loss. Society of Air Force Surgeons. San Antonio, Texas. April 1979.
2. Fifer, R. An unusual case of nonorganic hearing loss. Texas
Speech Language Hearing Association. Ft. worth, Texas. March 1981.
3. Fifer, R. Residual cochlear function in neomycin toxicity a case report. Texas
Speech Language Hearing Association. Ft. Worth, Texas. March 1981.
4. Fifer, R. and Shadowens, M. Use of ABR in neurotology. Texas
Speech Language Hearing Association. Ft. Worth, Texas. March 1981.
5. Fifer, R., Jerger, J., Berlin, C., and Cullen, J. A dichotic sentence identification test
for use in hearing impaired subjects. Association for Research in Otolaryngology Mid Winter Meeting. St. Petersburg, Florida. January 1983.
6. Fifer, R., Stach, B., and Jerger, J. New perspectives in audiology. Texas
Speech Language Hearing Association. Dallas, Texas. March 1983.
7. Yellin, M.W., Jerger, J., and Fifer, R. Norms for disproportionately poor speech
intelligibility. American Speech Language Hearing Association. Cincinnati, Ohio. November 1983.
8. Fifer, R., Stach, B., and Jerger, J. An overview of objective audiometry. Texas
Speech Language Hearing Association. Houston, Texas. March 1984.
9. Fifer, R., Jerger, J., and Null, D. The effect of rate on the MLR and HRD in
neonates. American Speech Language Hearing Association. San Francisco, California. November 1984.
10. Fifer, R., and Greenwood, J. The importance of diagnostic and habilitative
audiology. Texas Speech Language Hearing Association. Corpus Christi, Texas. April 1985.
11. Greenwood, J., Newton, L., Fifer, R., et al. Special case management. A panel
discussion. Texas Speech Language Hearing Association. Corpus Christi, Texas. April 1985.
12. Fifer, R., Jerger, J., and Null, D. Low frequency threshold prediction in neonates.
American Speech Language Hearing Association. Washington, D.C. November
1985.
13. Fifer, R. and Cargo, E. Auditory evoked potentials:Implications and directions.
Texas Speech Language Hearing Association. Ft. Worth, Texas. March 1987.
14. Fifer, R. and Jerger, J. Auditory middle latency response in neonates. XIX
International Congress of Electric Response Audiometry. Charlottesville, Virginia.
August 1987.
15. Fifer, R., and Novak, M. Characteristics of the electrical auditory brainstem
response. XIX International Congress of Electric Response Audiometry.
Charlottesville, Virginia. August 1987.
16. Fifer, R., and Novak, M. Intraoperative electrical ABR in a case of meningitis with
ossificans. American Auditory Society. Chicago, Illinois. September 1987.
17. Fifer, R. Current directions of evoked potential applications. Illinois
Speech Language Hearing Association. Chicago, Illinois. February 1988.
18. Novak, M., Fifer, R., Firszt, J., Seitzinger, J., Novak, D. Overview of a pediatric
cochlear implant program. Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association.
Chicago, Illinois. February 1988.
19. Novak, M., and Fifer, R. A new indication for bone conduction ABR. American
Auditory Society. Boston, Massachusetts. November 1988.
20. Fifer, R. and Novak, M. An update on the characteristics of the electrical ABR.
American Auditory Society. Boston, Massachusetts. November 1988.
21. Fifer, R. Active electrode placement for the auditory middle latency response.
American Speech Language Hearing Association. Boston, Massachusetts.
November 1988.
22. Fifer, R. Interaction between peripheral and central auditory function. Illinois
Speech Language Hearing Association. Chicago, Illinois. February 1989.
23. Novak, M., Balkany, T., Miyamoto, R., Fifer, R., and Firszt, J. Cochlear implantation
in the patient with inner ear malformation. American Neurotology Society. San
Francisco, California. April 1989.
24. Novak, M., Fifer, R., Barkmeier, J., and Firszt, J. Labyrinthine ossification after
meningitis: Its implications for cochlear implantation. American Neurotology
Society. San Francisco, California. April 1989.
25. Fifer, R., and Novak, M. The electrical auditory brainstem response (EABR)
evaluates auditory nerve survival. The Triologic Society. San Francisco, California. April 1989.
26. Fifer, R. The influence of linked positive electrodes on ECoG recordings. American
Auditory Society. New Orleans, Louisiana. September 1989.
27. Firszt, J., Zimmerman Phillips, S., Fifer, R., Kileny, P. The influence of etiology on
pediatric cochlear implant performance. American Speech Language Hearing
Association. St. Louis, Missouri. November 1989.
28. Fifer, R., Novak, M. The EABR as a predictor of auditory nerve survival in humans. American Speech Language Hearing Association. St. Louis, Missouri. November
1989.
29. Fifer, R. On the interaction between central and peripheral auditory processes.
American Speech Language Hearing Association. St. Louis, Missouri. November
1989.
30. Fifer, R. Linked active electrodes enhance ECoG amplitudes. American
Speech Language Hearing Association. St. Louis, Missouri. November 1989.
31. Fifer, R. Physiological factors influencing auditory amplification. Illinois
Speech Language Hearing Association. Chicago, Illinois. February 1990.
32. Fifer, R., Novak, M. A new electrode design for Electrocochleography. American
Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. San Diego, California.
September 1990.
33. Fifer, R., Novak, M., Miller, J., Kileny, P., and Shallop, J. Electrical Evoked
Potentials: Principles and Procedural variables. American Speech-Language-
Hearing Association. Seattle, Washington. November 1990.
34. Fifer, R., Allen, S. Foundations of intraoperative monitoring. Florida Speech-
Language-Hearing Association. St. Petersburg, Florida. May 1991.
35. Fifer R. Hearing handicap from the anatomical and physiological viewpoint. Florida
Speech-Language-Hearing Association. St. Petersburg, Florida. May 1991.
36. Fifer R. Developmental aspects of auditory processing. Miami Area
Communication Specialists. Short Course. Miami, Florida. July 1991.
37. Fifer R, Johnson C. Auditory processing disorders from the developmental and
medical perspectives. Short Course. American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association. Atlanta, Georgia. November 1991.
38. Fifer R, Lamb L. An update on the status of infant hearing screening. Mimiseminar. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. San Antonio, Texas. November
1992.
39. Fifer R, Johnson C, Urbano T, Mahecha N, Thompson N. Development and
application of interdisciplinary teams. American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association. New Orleans, Louisiana. November 1994
40. Mahecha NR, Gibbons M, Fifer R, de la Paz A. Recruiting, retaining, and
reinforcing our minority students and professionals. Florida Association of Speech-
Language Pathologists and Audiologists. St. Petersberg, Florida. May 1995.
41. Fifer R, Dausa A. Clinical utility of otoacoustic emissions for newborn hearing
screening. 2nd International Symposium on Early Detection and Management of
Hearing Loss in Infants. University of Iowa. June 1996.
42. Fifer, R. Practical aspects of pediatric audiology. Short course at the annual
meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.
San Francisco, California. September 1997.
43. Fifer, R. Brain development: Influence of external stimulation. One Voice for
Children Conference. Tampa, Florida. July 1998
44. Fifer, R., Dausa, A., Lester, A. Difficult to Test Children: A Multiple Procedure
Approach. American Academy of Audiology. Chicago, Illinois. March 2000.
45. Fifer, R. Professional Perspectives of Multidisciplinary and Multicultural Practice
Settings. American Academy of Audiology. Chicago, Illinois. March 2000
46.. Fifer, R., Dausa, A. Pediatric Audiology: Difficult Diagnostic and Counseling
Scenarios. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention.
Washington, D.C. November 2000.
47. Fifer, R., de la Paz, A., Robinson, T. Operational Aspects of Interdisciplinary
Teams in Multicultural Environments. American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association Annual Convention. Washington, D.C. November 2000.
48. Fifer, R., Dausa, A. IDEA, Part C, UNHS, & Audiology. American Academy of
Audiology Annual Convention. San Diego, California. April 2001.
49. Rahe, F., Doyle, L., Fifer, R. Grand Rounds in Forensic Audiology. Florida
Academy of Audiology. Safety Harbor, FL. August 2001.
50. Fifer, R., Dausa, A. An update in I.D.E.A. and entitlements for audiologists.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. New Orleans, Louisiana.
November 2001.
51. Fifer, R., Dausa, A. Unbiased counseling in a multicultural society. American
Academy of Audiology. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 2002.
52. Swigert, N., Fifer, R., Barker, C., Bouchard, K., Dennis, K., Cornett, B., Henri, B., Holland, W., Nikjeh, D., Robinette, M., White, S. Deciphering the code: CPT codes and reimbursement, Part I. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. San Diego, California. November 2005.
53. Fifer, R., Dennis, K., Barker, C., Bouchard, K., Robinette, M., White, S. Deciphering the code, Part II: Audiology documentation (breakout). American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. San Diego, California. November 2005.



54. Fifer, R., Holland, W. Having a voice in reimbursement: The survey valuation process. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Miami Beach, Florida. November 2006.
55. Swigert, N., Rees, T., Fifer, R., Holland, W., Nikjeh, D., Woods, R., Bouchard, K. Reimbursement issues for 2007. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Miami Beach, Florida. November 2006.
56. Hall, JW, Fifer, R., Anderson, K. Early Identification of He