Conferences

 Mid-America Conference on Hearing
The Mid-America Conference of Hearing convention will be held May 12-15, 2005 at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville, Ky. There will be 15 CEU’s available. For information or reservations contact Deb Drewry at (859) 283-5422, email to [email protected], or visit www.midamericaconferenceonhearing.com.

Arkansas Hearing Society
The Arkansas Hearing Society’s annual convention is July 7-9, 2005 at the Peabody Hotel Little Rock in Arkansas. The NBC-HIS examination will be given on July 8, 2005 at 1:00 pm. For a registration packet please call Betty Horton at (870) 942-3418 or Gary Pearson (870) 735-0454.


At-Home Auditory Rehabilitation Program

House Ear Institute and Cochlear Americas
House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, and Cochlear Americas, Denver, have introduced a new auditory rehabilitation tool for cochlear implant recipients, Sound and Beyond™. Sound and Beyond, which is designed to allow cochlear implant patients to practice and develop their listening skills at their own pace and convenience, provides comprehensive speech training tools that recipients can use at home or in conjunction with auditory rehabilitation from a clinical speech pathologist. The program is based on computer-assisted speech training software developed at the House Ear Institute and TigerSpeech Technology Inc. For more information, contact the House Ear Institute at (213) 483-4431, www.hei.org; or Cochlear Americas at (800) 458-4999 or www.cochlear.com.


Donations

Oticon
Through Partners for a Greater Voice, Mikal Worning, president of Oticon US, donated three hearing aids for three children with hearing loss who face extreme poverty. Worning also directed Partners for a Greater Voice to Oticon headquarters for a grant. Partners for a Greater Voice is a charitable organization that provides audiometers, hearing aids, and teacher training in the Dominican Republic. For more information, contact [email protected].

Central Institute for the Deaf
The Central Institute for the Deaf (CID), St Louis, has donated its collection of antique audiometers to the John Q. Adams Center for the History of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in Alexandria, Va. The CID audiometer collection includes 17 devices from a variety of manufacturers from the 1920s through the 1970s. For more information, contact (314) 977-0000; www.cid.wustl.edu.


Online Offerings

Better Hearing Institute
The Better Hearing Institute announces the introduction of its new consumer guide, Your Guide to Better Hearing, a 28-page booklet that details the impact of untreated hearing loss, features celebrities who have overcome hearing loss, presents information on hearing loss and tinnitus, and provides data on the positive impact of hearing instruments on the quality of life. The BHI has also launched its new Web page at www.betterhearing.org, which provides a PDF version of the new Guide, as well as many factoids and an online hearing screening test.

 Dynamic-Living.com
Dynamic-Living.com, www.dynamic-living.com, is an online store with products that promote a convenient, comfortable, and safe home environment. The products support a variety of needs, including decreased mobility, vision, hearing, and memory. The staff at Dynamic-Living.com also locates products in response to specific individual needs. For more information, visit www.dynamic-living.com.


Fundraiser

 Audiology Foundation of America
During the Audiology Foundation of America’s (AFA) 2004 fundraising campaign, nearly $58,000 was contributed by approximately 300 donors. Starkey Laboratories contributed a matching grant of $50,000 bringing the grand total to nearly $108,000. The money is used by the AFA to foster the education and training of audiologists to meet the needs of the public. In 2004, the AFA gave $75,000 to the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education to support new independent educational standards. For more information, contact www.audfound.org.


Biography

DawnSignPress
DawnSignPress, San Diego, is now offering Harlan Lane’s new book, A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr. The first biography on Brewster, Lane reveals little-known information on the early French roots of the American Deaf-World. Lane’s research extends to the first school for the deaf in Hartford, Conn, the integrated deaf community of Martha’s Vineyard, and contemporary deaf art. For more information, visit www.dawnsign.com.