Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, has developed a new product line, Conversa with ClearCall, to addresses the most common concerns of the hearing aid wearer. A 3-hour seminar will be held in 42 major metropolitan areas in 26 states from June to September 2003. Upon completing Unitron Hearings Conversa seminar, attendees will receive 0.3 CEUs from AAA and ASHA and 3 CEUs from IHS. (Note: ASHA, AAA and IHS approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.) Conversa has been designed to offer practical solutions to common everyday problems of feedback, phone use, conversation in noise, and occlusion. For more information on dates and locations and/or to register, visit the Unitron Web site at www.unitronhearing.com or call Robyn Leverton at (800) 888-8882, ext. 3413.
The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, presents the following two training seminars during the week of July 7-11: 1) July 7-8, See The Sound: Visual Phonics. Designed for teachers, speech-language pathologists, and reading specialists interested in learning a system that utilizes a combination of tactile, kinesthetic, visual, and auditory feedback to assist in developing phonemic awareness, speech production, and reading skills with children who are deaf or hard of hearing; 2) July 9-11, Cochlear Implants and Sign Language: Doing It (Strategies for Developing and Integrating Spoken Language). Designed for teachers, school-based speech-language pathologists, and other habilitation specialists working with students with cochlear implants in signing environments. Mary Koch, auditory education consultant and author of Bringing Sound To Life, will provide a framework for developing spoken language skills for students with cochlear implants. Koch and other Clerc Center professionals will share information on considerations, resources, and strategies for effectively meeting the needs of children with cochlear implants who also use sign language. Sign up for one or both workshops. Registration limited to the first 30 registrants. Call (202) 651-5638 or email [email protected] to confirm space and obtain further information.
Electone, Longwood, Fla, is announces Physicians Hearing of Fort Worth, Tex, as the first winner in the companys new BTE scratch-off game. The game offers substantial discounts on the purchase of BTE hearing instruments, as well as three chances to win $1,000 in cash by collecting enough game cards to spell "Electone." Physicians Hearing won the April 15 drawing. The next two drawings for $1,000 each will be held on June 2 and July 16. Game cards are shipped with every custom or BTE hearing instrument order. For information, (800) 432-7483.
American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA), West Chester, Pa, recently conducted a pilot test of a sweepstakes promotion in southeastern Pennsylvania. Consumers who took a hearing test within a 45-day period became eligible to win three cash prizes, including a first prize of $10,000. The several network associates whose practices participated reported significant increases in patients over a 6-week period. In other news, the Upgrade Program offered by AHAA is producing business increases for its network associates, according to the company. AHAA initiated the program last year, whereby one member of its special team of hearing health professionals travels to the office of an AHAA member who has signed up for the program. The team member sees patients who have responded to a simple letter inviting them to come in to receive information on new hearing aid technology. One practice reported 75 patients signed up for appointments.
Web Sites and Brochures
Unitron Hearing, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, has announced the launch of its Kids Klub Web site, an online support tool designed for children with hearing loss and their parents. Since its inception 10 years ago, Kids Klub has helped countless children learn more about hearing loss and how to live and care for their hearing aids. Now, with the launch of the new Kids Klub Web site, children can go online to learn about hearing, play interactive games, read stories, and print resource checklists for their caregivers. Children are introduced to Moki and Pip, two fun characters who guide children through their adventure of learning how ears work, what hearing loss is, how to take care of hearing aids, and how to explain hearing loss to others. Parents Corner, a companion resource for parents and caregivers of children with hearing loss, offers guidance, support, and practical tips on how they can get the child off to the best start after he or she is diagnosed with a hearing loss. All aspects of the site are designed to be age appropriate, informative, and interactive with the purpose of promoting understanding and quality of life through better hearing. For informaiton, visit: http://kidsklub.unitron.com.
CareCredit Anaheim, Calif, has a new, full-color brochure available for patients. The new brochure is designed as a marketing tool to help increase acceptance of recommended care and technology. It sits in an acrylic holder and can be displayed in the reception area of participating centers to help make patients aware of the many payment options available through CareCredit. Also included are sample payment charts that illustrate the low monthly payments available. For treatment fees from $1 to over $25,000, CareCredit reportedly offers a comprehensive range of plans including 3, 6, and 12 month no-interest and 24, 36, and 48 month low-interest payment plan options. For more information, call (800) 300-3046 extension 519, or email [email protected].