Conference

Oklahoma Hearing Aid Association to Host 6th Annual Conference
The Oklahoma Hearing Aid Association is hosting the 6th Annual Winter Audiology and Hearing Aid Conference on January 27-28, 2006, in Tulsa, Okla. Workshops include Ted Venema, PhD, “Compression for Clinicians,” and “Speech in Noise, Directional Mics, Digital Noise Reduction”; Don Marsh, “Marketing to the Mature Marketplace”; Roy Bain, “Success Comes in Cans (Not Cannots)”; and Bruce Mow, “Character Matters—A Life Principle that is Relevant,” and “Creating an Effective Priorities Management System.” For more information, contact (918) 836-0777; www.OHAAonline.org


Education

Audiology Online, CASLPA Partner to Offer CEEs
Audiology Online has partnered with the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) to provide continuing education activities in audiology. CASLPA members can access more than 250 online activities to earn continuing education equivalents (CEEs).

 One of CASLPA’s main objectives is to provide its members with as many learning opportunity resources as possible through the Online Learning Resource Center. For more information, visit www.audiologyonline.com.

CMU Online Accepting Applications
Central Michigan University’s online AuD program is accepting its final applications for admission through May 31, 2006. The 36-credit-hour program, developed in conjunction with the Vanderbilt/Bill Wilkerson Center, will have two final application periods: Apply by February 15, 2006 for classes beginning April 3, 2006; apply by May 31, 2006 for classes beginning June 26, 2006. For more information, contact (989) 774-3867.


Scholarships

Oticon Funding 12 Scholarships
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, is funding 12 $1,000 scholarships for students with hearing loss through Sertoma International. These scholarships are available to students with mild to profound hearing loss (a minimum of 40 dB bilateral hearing loss) who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Each award is designed to cover tuition, books, and supplies during any academic term, including summer. The application deadline is May 1, 2006. For more information, visit www.sertoma.org.

ISA Offers Conference Scholarships
The International Society of Audiology (ISA) and the A. Charles Holland Foundation are offering scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students to attend and present a research poster at the XXVIII International Congress of Audiology on September 3-7, 2006, in Innsbruck, Austria. Four $1,000 awards will be given to students to help pay for travel and housing costs, as well as registration. To qualify, applicants must be full-time students in a program leading to a degree in audiology, hearing science, or a related discipline. The application deadline is February 15, 2006. Winners will be notified by March 15, 2006. For more information, contact Sharon Fujikawa Brooks, PhD, at [email protected], or visit www.isa-audiology.org.


Donations

Starkey Hearing Foundation to Give Gift of Hearing
The Starkey Hearing Foundation, Eden Prairie, Minn, will be completing six major hearing aid mission trips through December, providing more than 6,000 hearing aids to nearly 4,000 adults and children in five countries. The mission trips include stops in Guadalajara, Mexico, funded by several Audibel hearing aid offices; St. Domino and Santiago, Dominican Republic, funded by Rayovac, Madison, Wis, and Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn; Cali, Colombia, funded by Starkey Southeast and Phil Morrell of the Morrell Foundation, Bluffdale, Utah; Kingston, Jamaica, funded by customers from Starkey’s Canadian division; and sites in the United States, funded by the Starkey Fund and the Foundation’s Hear Now Project. For more information, visit www.sotheworldmayhear.org.

Unitron Donates Fitting Software, Licenses to Conestoga College
Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, in support of Conestoga College’s new Hearing Instrument Specialist Program (see July 2005 HR News, p 14), has donated hearing instrument fitting software and licenses, as well as several of its hearing aids, to the college’s program. Unitron also provided a monetary donation for the purchase of audiological teaching equipment. For more information, visit www.conestogac.on.ca.


Fundraiser

AFA Begins Annual Fundraiser
The Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), Lafayette, Ind, is now accepting donations for its annual fundraiser. This year’s emphasis is on supporting state licensure efforts and enhancing professional autonomy for audiologists. With a goal of transitioning at least half of the profession in this decade to holding an AuD, the AFA believes a change in state licensure needs to occur to incorporate the AuD as the basic standard. Licensure changes have already been made in Ohio, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Indiana, and the AFA will allocate funds and resources to support other state licensure efforts that reflect changes in favor of the AuD, according to the organization. For more information, visit www.audfound.org.


Internet

HEI Launches Redesigned Web Site
The House Ear Institute (HEI), Los Angeles, has remodeled its Web site. It now offers several new features, enhanced content, as well as a user-friendlier environment to showcase its hearing research and education programs. The new design offers visitors a virtual tour of the Institute, as well as provides supporters with security-protected options for making charitable donations online. For more information, visit www.hei.org