Charity

Starkey Hearing Foundation
The Starkey Hearing Foundation, Minneapolis, annually conducts more than 100 hearing mission trips worldwide, and provides more than 20,000 hearing aids to people with hearing impairment. Through its Hear Now program, the Starkey Hearing Foundation accepts hearing aid donations in addition to donations of time and money from dispensing professionals. The Foundation’s “So the World May Hear Awards Gala” will be held August 20-23, 2005, in St Paul, Minn. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.sotheworldmayhear.org.


Marketing Agreement

GoAmerica
GoAmerica, Hackensack, NJ, announced a marketing agreement with Ear Professionals International Corporation (EPIC), City of Industry, Calif, to develop pre-packaged, wireless products, and service bundles designed to simplify cell phone purchasing decisions for Americans with hearing loss. For more information, contact (201) 527-1520; www.goamerica.com


 Newsletters

Marketing Ideas
The CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, Spring 2005 newsletter, “Ideas in Practice” includes topics such as attracting new patients, making hearing aids accessible, and maximizing acceptance of optimal technology. For more information, contact (800) 300-3046, ext. 4519.


Warranties

Hearing Aid Warranties
Discovery Hearing Aid Warranties, Mobile, Ala, offers three types of warranties: comprehensive; loss and damage; and damage and component failure. The warranty is available on all makes and models of hearing aids, and the warranties can complement active manufacturers’ warranties or provide protection when the warranty has expired. For more information, contact (800) 525-7936.


Seminars

Starkey First Student Workshop
The Starkey First student workshop focusing on the technology and fitting of hearing instruments will be held August 4-6, 2005, in Eden Prairie, Minn. The deadline for applications is June 1 and notification of selection will be made in July. To be eligible, attendees must be registered students in good standing at an accredited university or a recent graduate of such a program, and must have successfully completed at least one hearing instrument course. Audiologists are also eligible for the workshop, provided that the application is made within one year of completion of graduate studies or an AuD degree. For more information, contact (800) 328-8602; www.starkeyfirst.com.

 Audiology Centers for Excellence
Audiology Centers for Excellence (ACE), Mundelein, Ill, will be hosting two seminars on adult diagnostics: August 11-12, 2005, at the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich; October 6-7, at the University of Virginia Health System James Madison University, Charlottesville, Va. Tuition, which includes breakfast, lunch, and course syllabus, is $450. The 2-day workshop is designed to educate audiologists in the performance of current, and recently developed, neurodiagnostic assessment tools for the effective evaluation of auditory and vestibular pathologies in adults. For more information, contact (877) 223-2368; www.acecenters.com.

The Aging Auditory System
The National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland, Ore, will hosts its second annual National Conference, September 22-23, 2005. “The Aging Auditory System: Considerations for Rehabilitation” will include discussions on pathophysiology of the aging auditory system, behavioral studies of auditory aging, and cognitive components to auditory aging, as well as feature keynote speaker Moe Bergman, EdD. Scholarships will also be awarded to practicing audiologists. For more information, contact (503) 220-8262, ext 54692; www.ncrar.org.


Grants

 ASHFoundation
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation), Rockville, Md, is offering a $2,000 research grant in audiology to master’s and doctoral degree students, supported by the Ira M. Ventry, and Brad Friedrich Memorial Funds. The recipient, and the recipient’s mentor will be announced at the November 2005 ASHA Convention in San Diego. Applications must be submitted by June 3, 2005. For information, contact (301) 897-5700.

AFA Grants $100,000 to ACAE
The Audiology Foundation of America’s (AFA) board of directors voted to provide $100,000 to the Accreditation Council for Audiology Education (ACAE) for its continued support of the development of independent educational standards for audiology.


New Facility/Address

Qualitone Hearing Moves
Qualitone Hearing, Eden Prairie, Minn, moved its corporate headquarters to Eden Prairie in February 2005. The new facility includes a state-of-the-art training center, and allows Qualitone to expand the number, and type of training courses it offers. Qualitone Hearing Instruments, 6415 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344; (800) 328-3897.


Newborn Screening

Newborn Hearing Screen Program
Pediatrix, Sunrise, Fla, offers a Newborn Hearing Screen Program, services providing parent education, developing community involvement and audiology collaboration that are dedicated to early detection and intervention for newborns with hearing loss or deafness. When hearing loss is detected early, the baby can receive treatment that can improve the baby’s ability to develop speech, and language skills. For more information, contact (877) 452-4455.


Product Support

HIMSA
The Hearing Instrument Manufacturers’ Software Association (HIMSA) has continued to expand its product support, adding a support news list for NOAH 3 end users. With this email service, HIMSA will keep NOAH 3 users up-to-date on the latest releases, and support news. For more information, contact www.himsa.com/support.  


Certification

 Board Certification in Audiology
The Board Certification in Audiology program is administered by the American Board of Audiology (ABA) for the purpose of certifying audiologists (see HR January News, p 10). Board certification is valid for three years and a 10% discount is available to those who pay their full 3-year certification fee at the beginning of the 3-year cycle. For more information, contact (800) 881-5410; www.americanboardofaudiology.org.


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