On February 22, fourth-year audiology students from The Long Island Consortium, City University of New York, Salus University, Montclair State University, Vanderbilt University, and Pacific University, who are completing their clinical placements at area hearing care facilities, participated in an educational seminar at Oticon US headquarters, the hearing aid manufacturer announced.
The day-long session, part of the Oticon Student Seminar Series, aimed to supplement and complement the education that students receive in their university programs by giving them an opportunity to engage in formal and informal discussions with Oticon audiologists and specialists.
“The Oticon Student Seminar Series challenges the newest generation of audiologists to gain exposure to the research, technology, and practical skills that they will need to succeed with patients and in their new profession,” said Donald Schum, PhD, vice president of audiology for Oticon, Inc.
At the Somerset seminar, Schum introduced students to Oticon’s “brain first” audiological approach. Students learned how Oticon’s BrainHearing™ technology works to support the impaired system, not only at the level of the ear but also in the brain.
“BrainHearing technology takes hearing solutions to the next level,” explained Schum. “By giving the brain access to all important sounds, BrainHearing technology helps to reduce listening effort, even in noisy environments, freeing up cognitive resources to allow listeners to get more out of their conversations.”
In workshops led by Oticon specialists, students had the opportunity to strengthen their motivational interviewing skills and gain hands-on experience on Genie. Additional workshops explored the newest technology, including the Oticon Opn™ Sound Navigator, and the many connectivity options that enable easy access to a wide range of communication and entertainment devices and services. Students also enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of Oticon’s state-of-the-art production facilities.
For more information on Oticon’s university program, visit www.oticon.com/professionals/audiology-students.