GN ReSound Donates $10,000 to AFA
GN ReSound, Bloomington, Minn, has donated $10,000 to the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) to support the AFA’s mission to transition audiology to a health care profession with the AuD as its first professional degree. The donation will provide funding for AuD scholarships. For more information, contact www.AuDfound.org.

AG Bell Awards $26,540 in Financial Aid
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Arts and Science Financial Aid Program has awarded $26,540 in financial aid to 40 students who are deaf or hard of hearing and  use spoken language to communicate. The awards range from $140 to $2,000 for students ages 6-19 identified with moderate to profound hearing loss since birth or before acquiring spoken language. Recipients use these funds to participate in arts and science programs sponsored by museums, art or music centers, science camps, and dance and theater workshops. For more information, contact (202) 337-5220; www.agbell.org.


Reunion

University of Florida AuD Alumni Reunion
The University of Florida, Gainesville, AuD Program is inviting alumni to a reunion November 4-5, 2005. The event will feature a Friday evening reception to honor the inaugural class of May 2000, and a UF vs Vanderbilt University football game Saturday. Reunion activities will be held in conjunction with the UF College of Public Health and Health Professionals’ college-wide alumni reunion.

A block of hotel rooms and game tickets has been reserved, but quantities are limited. For more information, contact Carlee Thomas at (352) 265-8097; [email protected].


Conference

Evaluation of Infants and Young Children
A two-day workshop entitled “Objective Audiological Evaluation of Infants and Young Children” will be held October 20-21 by the Callier Center/UTD and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The workshop will focus on objective test measures and is designed to provide audiologists the opportunity to revisit their current pediatric assessment protocols, while also assisting them in incorporating new tools into their test battery. Participants will learn how to appropriately use and interpret ABR evaluation (air conduction, bone conduction, click, and toneburst), OAE, and Middle Ear Measures (tympanometry and acoustic reflexes) as integral components of the pediatric audiologic test battery. Course objectives include identification of appropriate objective procedures to obtain information about infant auditory function; how to determine the extent of a conductive component; auditory neuropathy and ABR, OAE, and acoustic reflexes; and “carrier frequency” and “modulation frequency” in ASSR testing. The seminar, which is sponsored by Bio-Logic, is approved by AAA for a maximum of 1.4 CEUs. For more information, visit www.acecenters.com.


Fundraiser

‘So the World May Hear’ Raises $4 Million
The Starkey Hearing Foundation, Eden Prairie, raised more than $4 million during its annual “So the World May Hear” Awards Gala in St. Paul, Minn, in August. The event, which each year recognizes individuals for their significant humanitarian contributions, honored Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids Foundation, Olive Osmond’s Children’s Miracle Network, the Wayne Gretzky Foundation, and the Richard Schulze Family Foundation.

 Country singers Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks attended the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s “So the World May Hear” Gala.

Brooks showed his appreciation for the recognition by bidding $250,000 during a live auction to fund a Starkey trip to South Africa to give hearing aids to people in need.

The event included performances by Brooks’ fiancée, country singer Trisha Yearwood, singer/songwriter Michael Bolton, and pop and stage performer Donny Osmond. “Especially in the entertainment industry, because you have to focus on yourself and your career everyday, it’s really important to do things that remind you that it’s not just about you; things that really take you back to reality,” Yearwood says about why she supports the Starkey Hearing Foundation. For more information, see the Foundation’s Web site at www.sotheworldmayhear.org.


Internet

New Web Site Provides Complete Information
The Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group, Smithfield, RI, has launched a new Web site, www.hearingportal.com,  to combine the informational assets of both Howard Leight® and Bilsom® brands to provide safety managers with a new global resource for their hearing conservation programs. The site features complete product information for Howard Leight and Bilsom hearing protection devices, including all recognized attenuation ratings, literature downloads, global sales contacts, news archives, and a user-friendly search function.


Tips

Hearing Loss and Children
The American Academy of Audiology, Reston, Va, and National Hearing Conservation Association, Greenwood Village, Colo, offer tips to prevent noise-induced hearing loss in children. Some recommendations the organizations make include turning down the volume or wear hearing protection if you have to shout to be heard from 3 feet away; long-term exposure to sound levels at or about 85 dBA SPL should be avoided; brief exposures to very loud noises can result in hearing loss so parents should be wary of toys, personal stereos, sporting events, band class, motorbikes, farm equipment, movie theaters, shop class, arcades, concerts, firearms, firecrackers, jobs and power tools. For more information, contact www.audiology.orgwww.hearingconservation.org.