Business

 Microsonic Moves into New Headquarters
Microsonic Inc has moved into a new 15,000 square-foot corporate headquarters/laboratories building. The new facility, in a suburb of Pittsburgh, brings together virtually all company operations under a single roof. Both the R&D laboratory and the fast-growing Accessories Division will have cutting edge, state-of-the-art equipment and space to grow. The company’s new contact information is: 2960 Duss Ave, Ambridge, PA, 15003; (878) 376-7139; www.earmolds.com.


Conferences

International Symposium in Audiological Medicine
The XIII International Symposium in Audiological Medicine will be held in Mexico City on March 19-22, 2006, in collaboration with the Pan-American Congress of Audiology and the Mexican Association of Communication, Audiology, Otoneurology, and Phoniatrics with the aim to merge local Mexican, Pan-American, and international audiological views. The themes of the Symposium are: “The present situation of neonatal hearing screening in the developed and developing countries,” “Noise as a public health problem,” and “Assessment and management of central auditory disorders.” For more information, contact Pedro Berruecos, MD, at [email protected].


Donations and Fundraising

AFA Raises Over $35,000 for AuD Movement
The Audiology Foundation of America, Lafayette, Ind, raised more than $35,000 at the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists (ADA) convention in Savannah, Ga, in October, through the combined efforts of an art auction and golf tournament.

The AFA Art Auction featured a beaver coat, donated by Deborah Price, AFA director and auctioneer, as well as various paintings, prints, items of jewelry, sculptures, and wooden carvings. The auction garnered more than $17,000. Additionally, the annual AFA Golf Tournament was held at the Club at Savannah Harbor. More than 80 golfers participated in the event, raising an additional $18,000.

Eleven sponsors, including Advance for Audiologists, Bernafon, ESCO, GN ReSound, Hearing Doctors of Kansas, OMNI, Oticon, Qualitone, Siemens, Starkey, and Widex, provided assistance at the golf tournament through hole sponsorships, lunch and beverage carts, and the 19th hole party. In addition, HearingAid, a band that includes Brad Ingrao, AuD, of HIMSA, Ralph Campagna of United Hearing Systems, and Henrik Nielson of Unitron, dontated their equipment and expenses to provide entertainment at the art auction (see ADA Convention report in the November 2005 HR, p 52).


AuDNet Contributes Nearly $5,000 to ADA
At the membership meeting held in October during the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists (ADA) Annual Convention in Savannah, Ga, AuDNet President and Founder David Smriga, MA, and AuDNet CEO Kathy Foltner, AuD, presented a check to ADA Treasurer David Berkey, AuD, for $4,975. To date, AuDNet, Burnsville, Minn, has contributed $55,941 to ADA to help fund programs focused on creating consumer demand for audiology care.

 Phonak President Cathy Jones (center) and Director of Sales Jeff Dickerson (second from left) present the AFA Scholarship check to Richard Burba, AFA director; Ken Lowder, AFA chair; and Susan Paarlberg, AFA executive director.

“Both AuDNet and ADA are dedicated to independent audiology practice,” Smriga says. “It is an honor for our organization to work with ADA as we promote professional audiology care to patients nationwide.”


Phonak Donates $12,000 for AFA Scholarships
The Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), Lafayette, Ind, has received a $12,000 donation from Phonak, Warrenville, Ill, in support of scholarships for school-based practitioners who plan to earn an AuD. Scholarships for $1,000 are available on a first-come, first-served basis for school-based practitioners who are not currently enrolled in a distance education AuD program, but who plan to do so by June 30, 2006. Rules and an application form are available at www.audfound.org.


AG Bell Receives $100,000 Grant from Oticon Foundation
The Oticon Foundation has awarded the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Washington, DC, a $100,000 grant to expand the FIRST YEARS online distance learning certificate program for professionals working with children with hearing loss. A collaboration between AG Bell and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, FIRST YEARS provides professionals in the fields of deaf education, speech-language pathology, audiology, and early intervention the skills and knowledge to help children with hearing loss learn to listen and talk.