The AIVER team is committed to advancing education and disseminating information to the general public and medical community. Towards these ends, AIVER researchers have produced more than 1,000 publications, including more than 50 scientific medical text books, which have been distributed widely throughout the world. They also have sponsored numerous courses and symposia, and delivered hundreds of lectures for scientific and general audiences. AIVER’s entire professional staff is involved actively in teaching, as well as in research.
AIVER and its predecessor organizations have played a pivotal role in hearing education. AIVER researchers were involved in establishing guidelines and training protocols for occupational hearing conservationists in the 1960s. Since that time, we have trained more than 7000 hearing conservationists. AIVER personnel also helped design the Certified Audiometric Technician training program administrated by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, and we presented the Academy’s first certification training program for audiometric technicians. AIVER physicians and other AIVER researchers have provided formal and informal educational programs for thousands of physicians, audiologists, and allied medical personnel, and continue to provide such training. Landmark educational contributions include the annual Symposium of Occupational Hearing Loss which took place for nearly 50 years. AIVER has also been active in clinical and research training of otolaryngology residents and practicing specialists for more than forty years.
AIVER’s contributions to voice education are also extensive. As part of the first medical center to employ not only speech-language pathologists, but also singing teachers and acting voice teachers in a medical milieu, AIVER personnel pioneered this interdisciplinary approach to voice care that allows these traditionally non-medical professionals to thrive in a medical setting, participating in clinical care and research. AIVER personnel developed the paradigm that has now been adopted widely throughout the world, and AIVER staff have continued to train personnel in numerous disciplines. AIVER has offered fellowships to speech-language pathologists, otolaryngologists, and singing voice teachers since the early 1980s, and has provided seminal training in laryngology and voice care for health care professionals in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, India, China, Singapore, and Australia. AIVER also regularly sponsors or co-sponsors courses and international symposia on laryngology, voice care, voice surgery, swallowing disorders, and related subjects including The Voice Foundation’s Annual Symposium on Care of the Professional Voice.