Convention

 AHAA 10th Anniversary Convention
The American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA) will hold its 10th Anniversary Convention on February 15-18, 2006, in Orlando, Fla. More than 500 hearing health care professionals are expected to attend the event at the Hilton Hotel at Walt Disney World. Key speakers will include hearing-impaired comedienne Kathy Buckley; Phonak Vice President David Fabry, PhD; AAA President Paul Pessis, AuD; AHAA CEO Vince Russomagno; and author and lecturer Robert Sweetow, PhD. The convention will also offer more than 30 sessions focusing on all aspects of running a practice. In addition, AHAA’s interactive roundtable discussions are scheduled daily. For more information, contact Gayle Silvestri, (800) 984-3272.


Grand Opening

Beltone Opens New Corporate Headquarters
Beltone, Chicago, held the grand opening of its new corporate headquarters and GN Technology Center on October 10. The company’s new address is 2601 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026.


Survey

CareCredit Plans Benefit Patients, Practices
A recent analysis of cardholder hearing health patients using a No Interest or Low Interest Payment Plan from CareCredit, Anaheim, Calif, are more likely to invest in optimal technology and are less likely to return their hearing aids. The study found that cardholders spent up to 37% more for optimal hearing aids using a CareCredit No Interest Payment Plan compared with Visa or MasterCard. The return rate for CareCredit practices is 4% compared to the industry average of 17%, according to the study. For more information, contact (800) 300-3046.


Business

EarQ Group to Offer Siemens’ Products
The EarQ Group, Syracuse, NY, a network of independent hearing health care professionals who own and operate practices, recently established a relationship with Siemens Hearing Instruments, Picastaway, NJ. Siemens hearing technologies have been added to the range of hearing solutions offered by the EarQ Group. For more information, contact www.earg.com.

Dynamic Hearing, HEI Sign License Agreement
Dynamic Hearing Pty Ltd, Richmond, Australia, a provider of advanced patented digital signal processing solutions for audio devices, has signed an exclusive multi-year license agreement with the House Ear Institute (HEI), Los Angeles, to develop and commercialize its patented feedback cancellation technology for use in hearing aids and auditory implants. HEI’s feedback cancellation algorithm is adaptive, which allows it to continuously sense the changing conditions in the ear that might produce feedback, and prevents these conditions from occurring.

“We are pleased to launch a technology partnership between our company and the House Ear Institute with the licensing of this excellent technology for hearing aid users,” says Peter Blamey, PhD, CTO, Dynamic Hearing. “We look forward to bringing the HEI feedback canceller to customers via our AMIS Orela and Gennum Voyageur DSP platforms as part of our modular DSP software for hearing aids.”

For more information, contact www.dynamichearing.com.au; www.hei.org.

 GRAS Acquires KEMAR Manikins
GRAS Sound and Vibration has acquired the acoustic manikin line from Knowles Electronics, Itasca, Ill. The anthropomorphic KEMAR manikins are used extensively for field testing in telecommunications, hearing health, noise prevention, and in the vibroacoustic testing industry.

“KEMAR manikins are known throughout the world for their ability to accurately test the impact of acoustics and sound levels on the human body,” says Ed Terrell, president of GRAS Sound and Vibration. “It is a natural addition to the wide GRAS line of testing and monitoring equipment.”

For more information, contact (440) 779-0100; www.gras.us.


Literature

 Spanish Abridgement of Consumer Handbook
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, and Auricle Ink Publishers have released a Spanish-language abridged edition of The Consumer Handbook on Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids: A Bridge to Healing, edited by Richard E. Carmen, AuD. The 100-page Spanish edition is a complete five-chapter excerpt from the unabridged Consumer Handbook, a practical guide for people with hearing loss who seek positive change for themselves and their loved ones. Hearing care practitioners can request a free Spanish-language abridgement with individual premium digital orders. It is not available for sale by the publisher or Oticon. For more information, contact (800) 526-3921; [email protected]

 BHI Releases Article for Local Promotion
The Better Hearing Institute, Alexandria, Va, has released a new article on its Web site, Want to Boost Your Income?—Get Hearing Aids. The article, which is available for local promotions, has been submitted to the NAPS service for national distribution. A study conducted by BHI found that working Americans who ignore their hearing are collectively losing an estimated $100 billion per year in earnings. By getting their hearing checked and wearing hearing aids, if necessary, survey respondants reported an increase in their quality of life.

Other articles on the BHI Web site that are available for local promotion include, Transforming Your Life with Better Hearing, Tax Credits for Hearing Aids: A Time Which Has Come, and The Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss.

For more information, contact www.betterhearing.org/press.


Donation

Siemens, Employees Donate $3M to Hurricane Victims
Siemens Hearing Instruments employees, in conjunction with Siemens 70,000 US employees, have collectively donated $1.4 million to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to aid hurricane victims in the South. Siemens is matching those donations dollar-for-dollar, totally nearly $3 million. In addition, Siemens has established a program to offer replacement hearing instruments for individuals in need. The company is working with hearing health care professionals to coordinate testing, fitting, and programming services. For more information, contact (800) 766-4500; [email protected].


Awareness

 ASHA Hosts Health Fair on Capitol Hill
In an effort to raise awareness about the effects and prevalence of hearing loss and other communication disorders, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Rockville, Md, provided free hearing screenings at a Senate Health Fair on Capitol Hill in September. More than 1000 people attended the event. ASHA-certified audiologists provided hearing screening for more than 100 people. Almost 20% of those screened were referred for further testing. Health fair attendees were also counseled by ASHA on what to do if they suspect they or someone they know has a hearing loss. Topics covered included tinnitus, otitis media, how to keep your ears clean, and hearing conservation practices.


Documentary

Sonion to Fund BHI Documentary
Sonion, Roskilde, Denmark, has agreed to fund a mini-PBS documentary for The Better Hearing Institute, Alexandria, Va. The documentary will highlight the critical importance of hearing and hearing aids as the treatment for hearing loss. It has been guaranteed 500 showings on the PBS network, which reaches about 3-5 million viewers. For more information, contact (800) EAR-WELL; www.betterhearing.org.  


Associations

 NASED Offers National Certification Program
The National Association of Special Equipment Distributors, the trade association dedicated to establishing, maintaining and monitoring the professional and ethical standard of its members, has the only established national certification program for audiometric technicians. Formed in 1993 to formalize the way in which calibration procedures were performed, the NASED sought to standardize the equipment required to complete the calibration procedures. The certification program for audiometric technicians requires candidates to demonstrate knowledge of appropriate ANSI standards, pass a written test, and demonstrate a thorough capability of calibration procedures through a hands-on test. NASED certification and training are available to anyone regardless of their employer’s membership status. NASED is a nonprofit association. For more information, contact www.nased.com.


Scholarships

Student Awards Available for 2006 NHCA Conference
The National Hearing Conservation Association Scholarship Foundation, Greenwood Village, Colo, has a limited number of student travel awards available for the 2006 NHCA annual conference in Tampa, Fla, on February 16-18, 2006. The student award includes paid registration to two workshops February 16, and the annual conference February 17-18, plus lunches, social activities, and partial reimbursement for travel expenses. Students actively pursuing a graduate degree in a discipline related to hearing conservation and who are enrolled at least part-time at an accredited institution are eligible for the award. For more information, contact (303) 224-9022; www.hearingconservation.org/conf_awardsScholarshipsContest.html.

AAP Offers PediaLink® Module Scholarships
The American Academy of Pediatrics is offering EHDI PediaLink® module scholarships to pediatric health care professionals who are identified as the medical home for a child diagnosed with confirmed hearing loss. The module is a Web-based educational program for clinicians about early identification of hearing loss via the AAP’s e-learning platform, PediaLink®. It is designed to help further health care professional education regarding early hearing detection and intervention. For more information, contact (800) 433-9016, ext 7081; [email protected].


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