Web site

 CareCredit
CareCredit‚ Anaheim, Calif, is launching an enhanced Web site at www.carecredit.com. The Web site now provides additional information and tools that demonstrate how practices can use CareCredit to help patients receive the care they need and want. Developed with the guidance of top CareCredit practices, the new site highlights detailed information about the comprehensive range of CareCredit patient payment plans, including the recently introduced 24- and 36-month extended payment options. An on-line application is now provided on the new “Getting Started” page, which provides a credit decision in seconds. The site also features a payment calculator, which gives an estimated monthly payment based on the fee for care and the type of plan chosen. For more information on how CareCredit payment plans can increase patient volume and practice revenue, call (800) 300-3046, extension 519, or email rmorris@carecredit.com.

Customer Reporting Platform
American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA), West Chester, Pa, recently began offering the next generation of its online customer-reporting platform to its nationwide network of associates. The AHAA platform upgrade will provide AHAA’s associate base of 2,000 practices significant features designed to enhance their ability to drive profitability. Easily accessible via AHAA’s Bizlink Web site, the reporting tool can be customized to any practice’s needs and employs a simple, easy-to-use graphical user interface. Its capabilities include: year-over-year sales performance; unit volume by day/month/quarter; two-year online invoice tracking capability; simplified online payment capability; return/exchange rate analysis; and powerful search features. The system is designed for all user types, with standard and advanced capabilities. For more information on this and other AHAA services, call (800) 984-3272, or visit www.ahaanet.com


 Book

Sorin Books
Sorin Books, Notre Dame, Ind, presents The Resilient Family: Living With Your Child’s Illness or Disability, written by Paul W. Power, ScD, and Arthur E. Dell Orto, PhD, experts in the field of rehabilitation counseling. To order a copy, call (800) 282-1865, ex. 209, or visit www.sorinbooks.com.


Conferences

Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University presents the following upcoming conferences: Hearing Aid Selection and Fitting Hands-On Workshop: Focus on the Adult Patient, to be held on August 21-23, 2003 in Nashville; Vanderbilt Pediatric Cochlear Implant Workshop, to be held on September 18-20, 2003 in Nashville; and Vanderbilt Hearing Aid Selection and Fitting Hands-On Workshop: Focus on the Pediatric Patient, to be held on November 6-8, 2003 in Nashville. For more information, contact Kate Carney at kate.carney@vanderbilt.edu or (615) 936-5016, or www.vanderbiltbillwilkersoncenter.com.

National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research
The National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR), Portland, Ore, is holding a national conference titled “Auditory Rehabilitation: A Multi-dimensional Approach” on October 9-10. Among the conference special sessions: Issues Associated with Telephone Use and Hearing Aids; Approaches to Measurement of Hearing Aid Outcomes; Directional ; and Implications of Plasticity of the Neural System for Auditory Rehabilitation. Invited speakers include: Harvey Abrams PhD; Todd Ricketts, PhD; Robyn Cox, PhD; Mark Ross, PhD; Harry Levitt, PhD; Kelly Tremblay, PhD; Michael Merzenich, PhD; and Brian Walden, PhD. For instructions on scholarship and poster submissions, and for registration, visit http://www.ncrar.org/conf.htm.   For questions, email Carolyn Landsverk: Carolyn.Landsverk@med.va.gov;  for program questions contact Gaby Saunders at: Gabrielle.Saunders@med.va.gov.  

Georgia AAA
The Georgia AAA convention will be held on October 23-26 at The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in St Simons, Ga. Guest speakers include Martin Lenhardt, Phd, David Lipscomb, PhD, and Donald Schum, PhD. For reservations, call (800) 342-0212, or contact Lori Smith at mellens@bellsouth.net.  1.4 CEUs will be available.

California Academy of Audiology
The California Academy of Audiology will present a conference on September 11-13 in San Diego at the Doubletree Hotel. Ted Glattke is this year’s keynote speaker, and will present the session, “New Peeks at Old Peaks: Glances at the History and Future of Physiological Measures of Auditory System Behavior.” Other speakers include: Richard Kopke, MD; Robert Sweetow, PhD; Arthur Boothroyd, PhD; Angela Loavenbruck, EdD, Robert Shannon, PhD, and our popular Hearing Aid Manufacturer Forum. For a full schedule of presenters and topics, please go to www.caaud.org.