CONFERENCES

AG Bell Summer Conference 2007

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has announced “Talk for a Lifetime,” the 2007 summer conference July 27 to 28 in Washington, DC. The event will explore how neurodevelopmental research relates to spoken language, auditory brain development, and readiness to learn in infants and older children. Keynote presenters will be Dr. Janet Werker, a world leader in developmental cross-language and speech; Dr. Anu Sharma, a professor at University of Colorado at Boulder, who is researching cortical reorganization and development in children who are deaf and hard of hearing; and Dr. Maria Mody, a specialist in cognitive neuroimaging of reading and language. The event will offer panel discussions and learning labs designed to foster group discussion, enhance best practices in listening and spoken language development, and develop strategies for managing student and client caseloads. There will also be an opportunity to earn American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Auditory-Verbal CEUs. Registration fees are: AG Bell Member, $295; nonmember, $445; CEUs $15 per certifying body. For additional information, go to www.talkforalifetime.org.

Florida Academy of Audiology

The 11th Annual Convention of the Florida Academy of Audiology, “Hear the Future,” will be August 30 through September 1 at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg, Fla. Featured speakers for the convention include: Dr. Jack Katz, Dr. Jay Hall, Dr. Theresa Chisholm, Dr. William Martin, Dr. Charles Berlin, and Dr. Richard Gans. For information about the convention, contact Margie J. Walden, executive director, at (866) 353-3522; .

Advances in Tinnitus

The Center for Hearing & Deafness and the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo is sponsoring a conference titled Advances in Tinnitus, Assessment, Treatment & Neuroscience Basics, June 22 to 24 at the Holiday Inn Grand Island Resort and Conference Center, Grand Island, NY. The conference will bring together some of the leading experts to evaluate the most effective strategies for assessing tinnitus and treating tinnitus with sound-cognitive therapies, drugs, or electrical and magnetic stimulation; discuss important scientific advances in brain imaging of tinnitus; and review important scientific advances related to physiological, neurochemical, and biological mechanisms that give rise to tinnitus. Continuing education credits will be available, as well as a poster session and clinical treatment-discussion breakout session. Registration is $350 for regular participants before April 13 and $400 after. Registration for students is $300 before April 13 and $350 after. Register online at http://wings.buffalo.edu/faculty/research/chd/. You can also e-mail () or call Carol Altman (716-829-2001 ext. 10) to obtain a registration form.

CareCredit Offers Listen and Learn Opportunity

Kevin St. Clergy, MS, CCC/A, a leading practice management consultant, will present several learning opportunities for hearing professionals at the American Academy of Audiology Convention April 18 to 21. St. Clergy will address topics that include setting financial goals, increasing profitability, and managing cash flow by decreasing accounts receivable during a series of 10-minute Snapshot Sessions.

“There are untapped sources of revenue within practices that are being missed,” says Paul Findly of CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, the company sponsoring the presentations. “We developed a consultant CD with Kevin from which much of the material in the Snapshot Sessions will be drawn. By attending the sessions and picking up the CD, owners will discover ways to help build their practices.”

The sessions will be at the CareCredit booth April 19, 3:30 p.m.; April 20, noon and 1 p.m.; April 21, noon and 1 p.m. Those interested in attending the free presentations are asked to RSVP online: .

PARTNERSHIPS

Hearing Professionals Partner for Loaner Network

Widex has selected the group of hearing healthcare professionals to participate in the Widex 2007 Pediatric Hearing Assistance Program Loaner Network. The Loaner Network was initiated to help close the time gap between hearing loss identification and intervention by supplying pediatric facilities with a much needed bank of advanced digital hearing instruments for use as loaner hearing aids. This year, Widex has provided $100,000 in funds to assist in the goals of the program. The professionals choose a loaner bank of Widex instruments appropriate for their clinic population and use them to fit children awaiting a permanent hearing solution. This might include awaiting third-party payment for hearing aids during the assessment period precochlear implant or when a child’s hearing aid is out for repair.

The 2007 Pediatric Hearing Assistance Program Loaner Network Partners and the site managers are as follows: Elizabeth Runnion, MS, Boys Town National Research Hospital Center for Audiological Services, Omaha, Neb; Lisa Davidson, PhD, Central Institute for the Deaf Family Center and Pediatric Audiology Program, St. Louis; Dennis Burrows, PhD, Constance Brown Hearing Center, Kalamazoo, Mich; Laurie Hanin, PhD, League for the Hard of Hearing, New York, NY; Elaine Brewster, MA, Providence Speech and Hearing Center, Orange, Calif; Cynthia Hogan, PhD, Strong Health Audiology, Rochester, NY; Sue Dreith, MS, The Children’s Hospital Audiology, Speech Pathology and Learning Services, Denver; Briana Kelly-Dornan, MS, The Learning Center for Deaf Children, Framingham, Mass; Kirsten Coverstone MA, University of Minnesota Dept of Otolaryngology/Lion’s Loaner Bank, Minneapolis; Debra Hilldebrand, MEd, University of Virginia Health System–Department of Audiology and Vestibular & Balance Center, Charlottesville, Va.