Beltone Electronics Corp continues to strengthen its sales force through the recent appointments of Curt Gorman, regional manager, Southeast region, and Linda Hazard, regional manager, West region. Gorman will oversee sales and marketing for the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He returns to Beltone after previously working for the company from 1986 to 1997. During that time, Gorman held many different managerial positions, including that of national sales manager. Most recently, Gorman has done consulting work for the otology/medical device industry. Hazard will now be the Beltone regional representative for the states of California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Nevada. She most recently worked at a manufacturer of cochlear implants, serving both as manager of clinical and sales training and as a clinical specialist. Her previous work experience with Fletcher Allen Health Care includes the development and implementation of the University of Vermonts cochlear implant program, as the director of cochlear implant program, and as director of audiology prior to that.
University of Florida
The University of Florida Joint Audiology Program recently marked five years of operations with commencement activities for the Class of Summer 2003. From Long Island to San Diegoand cities in between, 31 graduates received Doctor of Audiology degrees, bringing the total number of distance-learning graduates in the program to 615. The program, a collaboration of the Colleges of Health Professions department of communicative disorders and Liberal Arts and Sciences department of communication sciences, offers a professional degree to students across the US. Doctor of Audiology program director and graduate coordinator of the distance-learning program Alice E. Holmes, PhD, says that the faculty at the University of Florida remain as committed today as when the first class in was admitted in 1998. The programs course delivery system has been integrated into to the University of Floridas Web-based course management system, WebCT.
National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a 5-year, $1.78 million grant to Susan W. Jerger, PhD, the University of Texas at Dallas, and Nancy Tye-Murray, PhD, Central Institute for the Deaf and Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis. The grants are to conduct research into how mental dictionaries develop in both normal and hard-of-hearing children (see October 2002 HR, pgs. 32-33). When the research is completed, the scientists expect to have a better understanding of the nature of semantic and phonological knowledge, the dynamics of speech processing, and the role of auditory input in speech-language development. The grant runs through 2008, marking 19 years of continuous funding of Jergers work by NIH.
Nova Southeastern University
The Nova Southeastern University Audiology Department announces the graduation of their first entry-level of Doctor of Audiology class. Graduates were Elyse Ewig, Trisha Formichetti, Michelle Fornelli, and Victoria Rojas. NSU is the 12th largest private university in the US and is located in Ft Lauderdale, Fla. Additional photos and information on the program can be seen at www.nova.edu/aud.
Hearing, Balance, and Speech Center
The Hearing, Balance, and Speech Center, Hamden, Conn, has announced the appointment of Karen Kibbe, MA, to the Centers staff of professional clinical audiologists. In this role, Kibbe will be performing diagnostic audiological and hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid dispensing for children and adults, and tinnitus evaluations and retraining therapy. She comes to the Center from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, where she served as a clinical audiologist for 18 years. She also worked as an educational trainer for major hearing aid manufacturers, training audiologists on advanced technology for programming hearing aids, utilizing the latest software applications.
Quest Technologies Inc, Oconomowoc, Wis, has elected Margaret A. Farrow to the board of directors. Previously, Farrow was Lieutenant Governor for the state of Wisconsin, a position she held from February 2001 until January 2003. Quest Technologies is a manufacturer of noise dosimeters, vibration monitors, sound level meters, and other medical devices.
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