Ida asks: Is patient-centered care fact or fiction?

SKODSBORG, DENMARK—Patient-centered care is a popular concept these days, and certainly sounds like a good idea for any area of health care, including hearing care. However, the Ida Institute notes, during its various seminars and workshops and in conversations at professional meetings, audiologists have sometimes expressed skepticism about it. They wonder if patient-centered care is…

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Hearing Health & Technology Matters Starts a New Journal

TUCSON, AZ–In the 18 months since the launch of The Blogs@Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM), the popular online publication has published well over 1000 posts and reached 90,000 separate readers, who have viewed more than 215,000 pages. HHTM has also quickly established an international reputation as an authoritative source of valuable information and insights…

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Latest US News audiology survey ranks Vanderbilt and Iowa first and second

When U.S. News & World Report publishes its rankings of university audiology programs on April 3, there will be little change from 2008, when its previous ratings came out. According to a preview on the publication’s web site, for the third time in a row, Vanderbilt University holds the top spot, followed by the University…

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Audiology students receive Roger Ruth Awards

HARRISONBURG, VA–James Mason University has awarded the 2011 Roger Ruth Memorial Fund Student Research Awards to three graduate students in audiology at the university. The awards were created in memory of Dr. Roger Ruth, 1950–2009, for his tireless efforts to promote student research as an integral part of graduate education in audiology. This year’s recipients…

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Federal grant to help hard-of-hearing kids from bilingual communities in Florida

ORLANDO/TAMPA—A $1.1 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education will enable the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando and the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa to train speech-language pathologists to help deaf and hard-of-hearing children whose first language may not be English. Dr. Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, an associate professor in…

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Students win scholarships from Starkey

MINNEAPOLIS—Five outstanding future audiologists have been named William F. Austin Scholarship winners, and 10 others were honored as Outstanding Student Clinician. The Austin Scholars, who were selected from nearly 140 applicants, will receive up to $10,000 from Starkey Laboratories, Inc., to pursue their studies. The scholarships are named for the founder and principal owner of…

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Oregon to get its first AuD program

FOREST GROVE, OR—For more than a decade, there has been no place in Oregon where a prospective audiologist could get training in the field of her (or his) choice. That will change in fall 2012 when Pacific University’s College of Health Professions will begin training future audiologists through a clinical doctorate degree program (AuD) Ann…

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