Helping Families Understand Hearing Loss
Hearing Loss Impacts Relationships, Motivating Your Loved One, by Richard Carmen, AuD, is now available through Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn. The book is directed towards families who have a loved one with hearing loss. It explains how family members can manage the frustrations of a resistant loved one who will not seek treatment for hearing loss, and exposes the most common reasons behind the resistance. For more information, contact (800) 825-6758; www.harriscomm.com.
Speaking in Their Own Words
We Learned to Listen, a book of personal stories published by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Washington, DC, follows the journeys of nine people who are deaf as they strive to become part of the hearing world. The text explores their triumphs and struggles as they learn to listen, talk, and achieve success along with their hearing peers. We Learned to Listen aims to increase public awareness of spoken language as a viable communication option for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. For more information, contact (202) 337-5220; www.agbell.org.
Helping Those Less Fortunate
As the director of custom product development for GN ReSound Group, a parent company of Beltone, Chicago, Eric Lindberg sought an opportunity to use his knowledge and position to give back to the global community. As a member of the Josh McDowell Ministries, he was invited to attend the Morocco-USA Business Forum in May. The conference was intended to stimulate the exportation of crafts, handiwork, and humanitarian efforts to Morocco.
Eric Lindberg helped arrange for children in Morocco to receive hearing aids during his trip in May.
While visiting the Imouzzer Foundation for speech and hearing impaired children, event organizers had arranged for a family with three hearing-impaired children to receive hearing aids. Lindberg arranged to have an onsite doctor fit the children with new Beltone Prima BTE hearing aids. He also brought 40 hearing aids for other children at the Imouzzer Foundation.
Following his Morocco trip, Lindberg joined fellow GN ReSound Group employee Stavros Basseas on a trip to Mexico. Beltone donated 230 Beltone hearing aids and two audiometers to the Instituto de la Comunicacion Humana, Ayala, Mexico.
There are so many opportunities for us to donate our time and equipment and really change peoples lives, Lindberg said.
Management of the Tinnitus Patient
The department of speech pathology and audiology at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, will be hosting its 13th annual conference, Management of the Tinnitus Patient, on September 22-24. The conference will provide otologists, audiologists, psychologists, nursesas well as tinnitus patients, their family and friendswith a review of current evaluation and management strategies for the treatment of tinnitus. The special guest of honor is Laurence McKenna, PhD. For more information, contact (800) 551-9029; www.uihealthcare.com/depts/med/otolaryngology/conferences/tinnitus04.html
California Academy of Audiology
Hear the Magic, the California Academy of Audiologys (CAA) sixth annual conference will be held September 15-17 in Anaheim, Calif. Featured speakers include: Gail Whitelaw, president-elect of the American Academy of Audiology, will discuss the latest issues affecting audiology and offer insight about the national scene; Anita Pikus will talk about the latest information on the genetics of hearing loss; and Beth Cooper will discuss how NASA works with noise abatement. Other topics include: cortical plasticity, audiology ethics, neurophysiology of hearing, and live speech mapping. An educational audiology workshop will feature Cheryl de Conde Johnson and Alison Grimes. For more information, contact www.caaud.org.
Massachusetts Hearing Society
The Massachusetts Hearing Society is hosting The New England Hearing Healthcare Conference at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Conn, on November 4-5. All New England hearing healthcare providers are invited. For more information, contact Gary Rachins, BC-HIS, (781) 826-4711.
National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research
VA RR&D National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) will host The Aging Auditory System: Considerations for Rehabilitation on September 22-23 in Portland, Ore. Highlights include a keynote address by Moe Bergman, and speakers Robert Frisina, Sandra Gordon-Salant, James Jerger, Jack Mills, Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, Pamela Souza, Therese Walden, and Arthur Wingfield. For more information, visit www.ncrar.org.
Financial Discussions Made Easier
CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, is offering presentational materials to make financial discussions easier. The materials include scripting techniques and updated presentation charts. Practices will also receive No Interest counter displays, window decals, and updated patient brochures. For more information, contact (800) 839-9078; www.carecredit.com/resourcecenter.