Audibility Extender Research Initiative for Pediatric Clinicians Offered by Widex

The Widex Pediatric Hearing Assistance Program is offering research funding to pediatric dispensing clinicians who serve young candidates for frequency transposition with hearing aids. The initiative provides up to $76,600 in hearing aids and research grants to be shared by two facilities. The open application period extends through June 30, 2007.

Specific goals have been set forth in the initiative, including validation of the efficacy of an innovative application of frequency lowering—the Widex Audibility Extenderâ„¢ in the Inteo hearing aid. The initiative also seeks to provide permanent hearing aids at no charge to the families of children who participate in the study and receive benefit from the Audibility Extender feature. An additional goal provides $10,000 in subsidy to participating facilities for preparation of a manuscript of research findings and its ultimate publication.

Only electronic applications will be accepted, and should be sent to . Include the words “AE Research Initiative Application” in the subject heading. By July 30, selected facilities will be notified by telephone or e-mail regarding acceptance.


Women in Audiology Conference

Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, is hosting the 2007 Women in Audiology Conference from July 13 to 15 in Palm Coast, Fla.

Presentations will address important topics such as women in private practice; how to communicate with power and influence; how to deal with egos, ignorance, and difficult people; balancing career and family; and how to establish credibility. Featured speakers include Mary Sandro, ProEdge Skills Inc; Gail Whitelaw, PhD, director of clinic instruction and research at Ohio State University; and Mary Beth Wright, president and owner of Wright’s Audiology Hearing Care Inc. The keynote speaker is Monopolize Marketing’s Jan Fraser, author of Ordinary Women… Extraordinary Success.

Oticon will pay for tuition, hotel (Friday and Saturday nights), and meals (dinner Friday through lunch Sunday.) Attendees pay air and ground transportation (which may be submitted to BES for reimbursement, based on available funds). Attendees may invite a colleague to share a room at no additional cost (again, Oticon will cover the cost of conference tuition and meals). Attendees may submit guest fees for BES reimbursement. Flights should be scheduled so that attendees arrive at the airport midafternoon Friday, July 13, and depart Sunday, July 15 after 3 pm. Conference attire is casual.

This conference will be submitted for ASHA, AAA, IIHIS, and CA Hearing Aid/Audiology CEUs.

For more information, visit

Arkansas Hearing Society

The Arkansas Hearing Society Convention is scheduled for August 3 through August 4 at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock. Guest speakers include Charles Berlin, PhD, Mead Killion, PhD, and Gus Mueller, PhD. A total of 12 CEUs will be available. For more information, contact LeAnn Jackson at (501) 454-9964; .


BRIDGE to Better Communication Resource Program Launched by MED-EL

MED-EL Corp, Durham, NC, has launched BRIDGE to Better Communication, a program for hearing loss professionals, schools, cochlear implant users, and parents. The program is designed to help close the gap between implantation and the development of improved listening skills and spoken communication.

BRIDGE to Better Communication consists of a wide variety of products, resources, and tools for adult and pediatric habilitation, assessment, and device management, including the recently released My LittlEars Diary and the LittlEars Auditory Questionnaire. LittlEars materials are designed to assess age-appropriate auditory behavior of children in the preverbal development phase. Many of the resource materials are available at no charge and can be downloaded for instant access.

Three new BRIDGE products, the Mainstream Assessment of Readiness for Children Over Five (M.A.R.C.O.F.), the Picture Perfect Preschool, and the Murat Early Reader Series, were launched at CI2007’s Aural Habilitation Seminar April 10.

The program features materials, developed by leaders in the hearing field, including the following: The Checklist of Auditory Communications Skills, by Nancy Caleffe-Schenck and Darla Franz; Identifying Early Phonological Needs in Children with Hearing Loss, by Elaine P. Payden and Carolyn J. Brown; and AUDITRAIN, SPEECHTRAX AND SYNTRAIN, developed by Geoff Plant.

A catalog of BRIDGE to Better Communications materials can be downloaded by visiting


AFA Otoscope Program, Hal-Hen Supports 130 AuD Students

The Audiology Foundation of America’s (AFA) second annual “Clued in to Audiology” otoscope program included 133 AudD students representing 33 AuD programs across the country. Open to all third-year AuD students in 4-year programs, the event tested students’ knowledge of the history of their profession.

AFA Chair Deborah Price, AuD, awarded otoscopes to 72 students at a special presentation at the 2007 NAFDA Convention luncheon, held during the AudiologyNOW! convention in Denver. All other students received their otoscopes individually, either at the AFA booth during the AAA convention or in their respective AuD programs.

Funding for the otoscope program was provided by the Hal-Hen division of Widex, which supplied more than $15,000 in otoscopes in support of the AFA and AuD education.