National Conference

National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research
The National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research is holding its second National Conference, The Aging Auditory System: Considerations for Rehabilitation, from September 22-23, 2005 in Portland, Ore. Topic areas include: Pathophysiology of the Aging Auditory System; Behavioral Studies of Auditory Aging; Cognitive Components to Auditory Aging; and Amplication and Beyond: Issues Associated with Treating the Geriatric Patient. The keynote address will be presented by Moe Bergman; speakers include Bob Frisina Jr, PhD, Sandra Gordon-Salant, PhD, James Jerger, PhD, Jack Mills, PhD, Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, PhD, Pam Souza, PhD, Therese Walden, AuD, and Arthur Wingfield, PhD. Scholarships will be awarded to practicing audiologists. For more information, contact www.ncrar.org


Educational Seminar

Kansas Hearing Aid Association Inc
The 2005 Educational Seminar, Management of Hearing Loss: the State of the Art, was held at the Holiday Inn Holidome in Topeka, Kan. on March 18-19, 2005. For the first time, 1.0 CEU was approved by the American Academy of Audiology for attending dispensing audiologists. In addition, 12 CEUs were approved for licensed dispensing audiologists and hearing instrument dispensers from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and the International Institute for Hearing Instrument Studies, plus the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The panel of instructors included: Charles Leutje, MD, otoneurologist; J. Manford Barber, III; Jeffrey D. Moore, PhD; M’Elizabeth Maatta, AuD; Elizabeth A. Karlsen, PhD; Kevin P. Ruggle, AuD; Charles Gillum, Jr., AuD; Tom Begley (Rayovac national sales manager); Mark Goffinet (Phonak); M.S.Walter Shutt; Phillip Lowry; and Kurt Schaeffer (GN ReSound).

The ten new members accepted into membership are: Bruce E. Fouts, Manhattan, Kan; Lonnie Larson, Wichita, Kan; Chad O’Gara, Olathe, Kan; Bret Peterson, Olathe, Kan; Sharry Ralston, Olathe, Kan; Krissa L. Reiser, Kansas City, Kan; Paul G. Rowden, Wichita, Kan; Larry L. Ruder, Overland Park, Kan; Brenda B. Street, AuD, Emporia, Kan; and Donald E. Tarver, Salina, Kan.

During the meeting, the special speaker was Bruce V. Sharp, IHS Northwest Territorial Governor. Officers elected are as follows: president, Kevin Albee, Leavenworth, Kan; vice-president, Jeffrey D. Moore, PhD, Wichita, Kan; secretary-treasurer, Walter Shutt, Wichita, Kan. Board of Directors: Tracy Brinkerhoff, Dodge City, Kan and Debra J. Ediger, Topeka, Kan. Outgoing President Terry C. Cathers, was thanked for his years of service to the Association and was presented with a special Certificate of Appreciation.

It was announced that the 2006 Educational Seminar and Annual Meeting will be held on March 17-18th at the Hotel At Oldtown in downtown Wichita, Kan. Inquires regarding the seminar and exhibit space should be directed to M. Day Kaufmann, executive director, (785) 266-4833.


Scholarships

Audiology Foundation of America
The Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) announces a new scholarship created to honor the memory of Leo Doerfler, PhD. The Leo Doerfler Memorial Scholarship will provide $5,000 for an individual with an AuD degree who is enrolled in a PhD program. The scholarship is made possible through memorial gifts given to the AFA to honor Doerfler. Contributions are still being accepted to add to the fund. Doerfler was the second individual to receive a PhD in audiology, the founding member of the American Academy of Audiology, and a founding director of the AFA. The scholarship program reflects Doerfler’s understanding and commitment to scientific endeavors in audiology, which he felt would be materially strengthened by AuD programs that freed PhD programs to compete in the scientific marketplace. For more information or to apply for the scholarship go to www.audiology.org

 Starkey Laboratories
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, is pleased to offer the 2005 William F. Austin Scholarship, available to graduate students in audiology. The goal of the scholarship is to support strong candidates pursuing clinical, teaching, and research careers in audiology. Up to five $10,000 scholarships will be available for the 2005-2006 academic year. Recipients will be announced at the Starkey First workshop held August 4-6, 2005. The application deadline is June 1, 2005. For more information, contact (800) 328-8602; www.starkeyfirst.com.


Literary Resource

 Auricle Ink Publishers
Auricle Ink Publishers, Sedona, Ariz, offers The Consumer Handbook on Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids, edited by Richard Carmen, AuD. Through the book, patients can explore the volatile emotions and issues surrounding hearing loss, and discover ways to improve their quality of life. The book features information on the nuts and bolts of hearing aid maintenance, where to seek professional help, and which hearing aid technologies work best for specific patient needs. The book also features questions and answers posed to ten top experts. For more information, contact (928) 284-0860; www.hearingproblems.com.


Educational Products Catalog

 Educational Audiology Association
The Educational Audiology Association (EAA) offers a 17-page 2005 product catalog, which features various education material, including auditory checklists, auditory processing tools, classroom acoustics tools, informational resources for cochlear implants and counseling, and educational audiology resources. Auditory checklists include the CHAPS Children’s Auditory Performance  Scale, which can be used to quantify the observed listening behaviors of children 7 years and older and the Fisher’s Auditory Problems Checklist, which is a screening tool for auditory processing disorders. Classroom acoustics tools include two videos, “Classroom Acoustics: Listening vs. Learning” and “Literacy, Classroom Amplification and the Brain.” The product catalog also offers an EAA tote bag and memo pad. For more information, contact (800) 460-7322; www.edaud.org.

Free Resource
Oral Deaf Education offers The ABCs in Early Intervention, a free brochure that serves as an informational resource for parents of infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The brochure explains what happens in the first months, how the auditory brain centers develop, and what parents can do to ensure the best outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Another feature is the ten tips for parents about early intervention. The four-page brochure also includes additional sources of information regarding children who are deaf or hard of hearing. For more information, contact (877) 672-5332; www.oraldeafed.org.

Adult Aural Rehabilitation Program
Med-El Corp, Durham, NC, offers the Adult Aural Rehabilitation Program for adults with hearing impairment. The program is made up of four sets of manuals. Each manual set has a speaker and user binder to make the training more convenient. The first in the four manual set, Auditrain, is available now. Auditrain is a training program designed to help adult CI users improve their communication skills. It consists of twenty-two individual lesson plans, each of which contains both synthetic and analytic exercises. The synthetic materials—question and answer exercises, list of common sentences around a central theme, word matrices, and many other exercises—are designed to help clients optimize the use of their CI systems in everyday situations. For more information, contact (888) 633-3524; www.medel.com.