Marketing Communications Program

 Beltone Electronics Corp
Beltone Electronics Corp, Chicago, introduces Beltone Creative Solutions, a Web-based proprietary tool that allows the company’s network members to develop and distribute professional, cost-effective marketing communications to various target audiences. Users can customize direct mail efforts, create multiple versions of the same mailing based on demographics and target audience status, and develop and electronically distribute their own newspaper ads in minutes. A comprehensive, user-friendly Launch Kit manual and CD-ROM tutorial are available. (800) 621-1275. www.beltone.com.


Training and License Program

Amplifon USA Inc
Amplifon USA Inc, Plymouth, Minn, offers basic training and license preparation to new hearing care professionals. Taught at various locations throughout the country, there are currently 11 4-day basic training courses and 16 3-day license preparation courses scheduled for 2005. According to Amplifon, 70% of prospective hearing care professionals who attend successive sessions of the basic training and license preparation classes pass their state licensing examinations. (763) 268-4188; www.amplifonusa.com.


Conferences/Courses

 American Hearing Aid Associates
The American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA) will hold its 9th annual convention on February 9-12, 2005, in Tempe, Ariz. The convention will offer nearly 30 sessions that will focus on human resources, profitability, growth, and marketing for success. A new addition this year is AHAA’s Strategic Solutions bundle of programs covering areas such as adding or selling locations and retirement planning. The program is targeted to all types of audiology practices. More than 400 hearing care professionals are expected to attend. (800) 984-3272.

Kresge Hearing Research Laboratory
On February 17-19, 2005, the Kresge Hearing Research Laboratory, will hold a continuing education course entitled “How to Identify and Manage Patients with Auditory Neuropathy/Auditory Dys-synchrony.” The course includes lectures, hands-on instruction, and continuing education units from the American Academy of Audiologists. Attendees will also learn about OAEs and ABR techniques, hands-on practice, and case studies. (504) 568-4785; www.kresgelab.org.

Avada Audiology and Hearing Care
Avada Audiology and Hearing Care presents seminars entitled “Aura 2000 Best Practices” and “Getting the Most Out of Prescriptives 6.0,” which will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2005 in Raleigh, NC, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Kurt Trede, an Oticon representative, will be the presenter for all sessions. Application for 0.50 North Carolina continuing education units has been submitted. The fee is $200 and seating is limited. Registrations can be sent to Avada Audiology and Hearing Care, 2701 E Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604. www.avada.net.

University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, will host a teaching audiology conference on June 17-18, 2005. The conference will focus on the art and science of teaching amplification, and will be conducted by nationally recognized educators in the field of amplification: Ruth Bentler, Robyn Cox, David Hawkins, Catherine Palmer, and Michael Valente. The conference will be moderated by Gus Mueller, and highlighted by a keynote speech by Patricia McCarthy, the 2004 recipient of the Clinical Educator Award from the American Academy of Audiology. www.shrs.pitt.edu/csd/degrees/cont_edu.html.

Third International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference
The Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation (HRF) announces its Third International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference to be held in Portland, Maine, May 9-11. The HRF reports that the two previous conferences have been great successes, enabling clinicians and researchers from all around the world to meet and share their experiences and expertise. Invited speakers for the conference are: Christian Durst, MED-EL; Louise Hickson, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; and Emily Tobey and Michael Devous, University of Texas.

The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn By the Bay, which is located in downtown Portland close to the Old Port and the Arts District. The HRF has chosen a downtown venue to allow participants to explore this unique part of New England. For further information, contact: The Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation, 35 Medford Street, Somerville, MA 02143; email: [email protected].

Kansas Hearing Aid Association
The Kansas Hearing Aid Association will hold its Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar on March 18-19 at the Holiday Inn Holidome in Topeka, Kansas. This year’s seminar is devoted to the topic, “Management of Hearing Loss: The State of the Art.” The meeting offers 12 CEU hours. For more information, contact M. Day Kaufmann, executive director, 3200 SW College Ave, Topeka, KS 66611-2052; (785) 266-4833; e-mail: [email protected].

 American Auditory Society
The American Auditory Society (AAS) has issued a call for papers to be presented at its annual meeting on March 20-22, 2005 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The meeting will focus on topics concerning the ear, hearing, and balance; disorders of the ear, hearing, and balance, and prevention of these disorders; or habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with hearing and balance dysfunction.

The AAS 2005 Scientific and Technology Meeting Program will feature the Carhart Memorial Lecture by David Kemp, PhD; a special session entitled Pediatric Hearing Issues—Speech Perception and Rehabilitation featuring Susan Nittrouer, PhD, Laurie Eisenberg, PhD, and Pat Stelmachowicz, PhD; translational research by Arthur Boothroyd, PhD, John Guinan, PhD, William Rhode, PhD, and Lloyd Minor, MD; a lifetime award presentation; 52 podium presentations; and 16 30-minute Technology Updates. www.amauditorysoc.org

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