Reno to Host I.H.S. Convention

The IHS 56th Annual Convention and Expo, A Sound Bet, is designed to provide attendees with opportunities to experience creative concepts, innovative programming, and practice-building programs. The conference is September 26-30 in Reno, Nev.

A Sound Bet is an international summit of hearing care professionals from around the world that provides a forum to exchange fresh ideas, share success stories, overcome challenges, explore new possibilities, and reaffirm the mission of improved quality of life for individuals with hearing impairment. Attendees will have networking opportunities and be able to take advantage of a first-hand look at some of the industry’s most progressive products and services.

For more information, visit www.ihsinfo.org.

Scott Haug Audiology Retreat Date Set

The 23rd annual Scott Haug Hill Country Audiology Retreat, “Pirate O’the Hill Country,” will be September 27-30 at the T Bar M Ranch and Resort in New Braunfels, Tex.

Event speakers include David Fabry, PhD, who will address the meaning behind the marketing terms hearing instrument manufacturers have been using. Robert Sweetow, PhD, will speak about ways to use “Listening and Auditory Communication Enhancement” training to improve patients’ auditory skills. Fabry and Sweetow will co-instruct open fitting technology.

Gyl Kasewurm, AuD, will present “The Secret to Thriving in an Audiology Practice,” and Cheryl DeConde Johnson, EdD, will share ways to help young patients with “Yo Ho Ho: Developing an Effective Education Audiology Program.”

Event activities will include a golf scramble, kickball game, and evening dance. To search the schedule of events, visit www.scotthaug.org or contact Tricia Dabrowski at .

Web Site Supports Acoustic Neuroma Patients

The Acoustic Neuroma Association (ANA) has launched a new medical Web site listing for newly diagnosed and current acoustic neuroma patients at www.anausa.org. The site is designed to provide patients with a tool to help them find qualified medical professionals across the country. It also provides information on the various types of treatment. Additionally, Web site users can fill in the “contact us” information, and ANA will send them a packet of information with referrals of former patients who can provide support.

Oticon Loaner Program Offers Interim Solution For Children

Oticon Pediatrics has unveiled its Loaner Bank Program, designed to assist hearing care professionals who provide hearing instruments to infants and toddlers newly identified with hearing loss and are in need of immediate amplification when it is not readily available.

The Loaner Bank provides hearing instruments for a 3-month period to children under the age of 3 while arrangements for third-party reimbursement are secured or while cochlear implant evaluation is underway. A range of Oticon hearing instruments will be offered. An EarGear hearing aid retention device will be provided with each loaner hearing instrument order.

“We recognize that when delays occur, speech and language development can be disrupted,” says Peer Lauritsen, president of Oticon, Inc. “This program is a direct response to the many dedicated hearing care professionals who share our commitment to putting the needs of children with hearing loss first.”

To utilize the Loaner Bank, hearing care professionals must have an Oticon account and complete a one-time application to participate in the program. Upon acceptance, practitioners must verify they have completed training on Oticon fitting software and the available loaner hearing instruments. There is no fee to participate in this program.

For more information about the Oticon Pediatrics Loaner Bank Program, contact Maureen Doty-Tomasula via e-mail, or phone 888-OTI-PED1 (888-684-7331).

Hearing Therapies for the Future

Hearing Therapies for the Future, the Biennial International Conference of the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research will be held September 27-28 in Portland, Ore. The event will feature keynote speakers Peter Steyger, PhD, and Col. David Chandler, PhD. The conference will focus on noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus; preventing noise induced hearing loss; fixing a damaged cochlea; and hearing loss and traumatic brain injury.

Continuing education units for AAA and ASHA will be offered. A pre-conference workshop, Best Practices In Hearing Loss Prevention, will be conducted September 26 by Theresa Schulz, PhD, Kyle Dennis, PhD, and Col. David Chandler, PhD. Register online at www.ncrar.research.va.gov/education/conf2007/index.asp or contact Gabrielle Saunders at (503) 220-8262 ext. 56210 or .

Cochlear Americas Announces Sound Partnership

Cochlear Americas has launched Sound Partnership™, a group of initiatives that provides hearing device implant centers with more time to counsel and treat patients.

Sound Partnership’s five-part, integrated clinical solutions program is designed to reduce technical and administrative demands for treating hearing impaired patients and allow more time for direct patient care.

“As the demand for implanted hearing technology increases, we are looking for ways to support our clinics,” says Chris Smith, president, Cochlear Americas. “This program will enable clinics to focus on what is most important: offering patients the highest level of direct patient care.”

Sound Partnership’s Hear Always direct patient technical support model, was constructed to provide patients with technical troubleshooting, warranty, and maintenance support directly from Cochlear Americas.