Selling

ELI Consumer Brochure Kit
Starkey Laboratories, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers an ELI point-of-sale consumer brochure kit. The display is a way to help spark consumer interest in ELI, the Bluetooth®-compatible solution for wireless connectivity between hearing instruments and mobile phones. The kit allows users to dispense information to patients about the wireless relief from mobile phone interference and hands-free access to today’s growing assortment of Bluetooth electronics. For more information, contact (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


Donations

 An AFA staff member shows some of the 85 otoscopes donated by Widex to the AFA for students in AuD programs.

Widex Donates Otoscopes to AFA
Widex, Long Island City, NY, donated 85 otoscopes to the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), Lafayette, Ind, for students in AuD programs in the United States. AFA directors have gone to universities with an AuD scholarship winner to present a plaque, and otoscopes for all third year students in the program.

“The donation of these otoscopes from Widex’s sister company, Hal Hen, will allow the AFA to continue to provide support to students as they begin their clinical rotations and go off campus for externships,” says AFA Vice Chair Deborah R. Price, AuD.

For more information, contact (765) 743-6283; www.AuDfound.org.


Seminar

Amplification: Looking Beyond the Present
The Kansas Hearing Society Inc is sponsoring the educational seminar, “Amplification: Looking Beyond the Present,” on March 16-18, 2006, at the Hotel at Oldtown, Wichita, Kansas. Twelve CEU’s will be offered. Approval will be requested from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the International Institute for Hearing Instrument Studies. For more information, contact M. Day Kaufmann (785) 266-4833.


Financial

Financial Assistance for Hearing Instruments
The Better Hearing Institute offers suggestions for financial assistance in its Guide to Better Hearing: Assistance, available to people using public assistance programs and those on limited budgets. Some possible sources of financial help include: locally, the Department of Social Services, Human Services, the mayor’s office and chamber of commerce; social service organizations, including Lions’ Club International, National Easter Seals Society, United Way, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Sertoma International, March of Dimes and Optimist Club; state resources such as the Department of Rehabilitation Services (or Department of Vocational Rehabilitation), the Maternal and Child Health Service, and Youth Projects divisions of the state Department of Human Services; the Veterans Administration provides hearing instruments to eligible veterans; and corporate resources, including health insurance providers, unions, or employers. For more information, visit www.betterhearing.org.


Legislation

Ohio Passes Law Requiring AuD for Licensure
Ohio Gov Bob Taft signed into law June 30, 2005, an amendment requiring the AuD or equivalent as the academic requirement for audiology licensure beginning January 1, 2006, according to the Ohio Academy of Audiology. The amendment does allow for an indefinite grandparenting period for audiologists with master’s degrees who meet the current requirements before the law goes into effect. For more information, contact Jane Kukula, AuD, president elect of the Ohio Academy of Audiology, (216) 346-8083.

Hearing Aids May Be Available for Active-Duty Family Members
As part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2002, family members of active-duty military members could be eligible to receive hearing aids as of September 1, 2005. Prior to this Act, hearing aids and services were only available to beneficiaries who were in the Program for Persons with Disabilities. Service physicians and audiologists from the Defense Department and Veterans Affairs, and Tricare officials have established different criteria for adults and children to qualify for assistance.

Criteria for an adult active-duty family member to qualify under the program includes: at least 40 dB HL in one or both ears when tested at one of these frequencies: 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 1.5 kHz, 2 kHz, 3 kHz, or 4 kHz; at least 26 dB HL in one or both ears at any three or more of the latter frequencies; a speech recognition score of less than 94%. Children of active-duty service members must have at least a 26 dB HL threshold level in one or both ears when tested at 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, 3 kHz, or 4 kHz.

Eligible beneficiaries who believe they or a family member may qualify should schedule an appointment with their primary care manager for an initial examination. The PCM will then refer the beneficiary to an audiologist for any necessary tests. For more information, contact Tricare Regional Office (TRO) North (877) 874-2273; TRO South (800) 445-5445; TRO West (888) 874-9378; overseas (888) 777-8343; www.tricare.osd.mil.


Conservation

Teens Targeted for Hearing Research
The House Ear Institute (HEI), Los Angeles, is targeting teens and young adults with its Sound Partners™ hearing conservation program. With support from its industry sponsors and assistance from DeCarolis Design and Marketing Agency, HEI will begin a 9-month test market campaign in Phoenix in January to address the challenge of reaching young consumer audiences who crank up the volume unaware of the damage they could be doing to their hearing. A series of promotions targeted at teens and comprehensive market research will be analyzed by the nonprofit organization. For more information, see the sidebar on p 35 or contact (213) 483-4431; www.hei.org.