Scientist, who overcame deafness, wins Presidential award for encouraging others to follow his path

  WASHINGTON, DC—J. Tilak Ratnanather, PhD, a scientist who was born deaf and has devoted himself to encouraging others with hearing loss to become scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, is one of 14 educators selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The awards, announced by the White House…

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Four audiologists, an engineer, and a neuroscientist are awarded AAA’s highest honors

 SAN ANTONIO–The youngest founder of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the director of one of the world’s leading acoustical research laboratories, and a researcher whose publications have been cited in the scientific literature more than 1800 times were among those recognized at the Honors and Awards Banquet held March 26 during AudiologyNOW! 2015, the…

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NIOSH awards recognize efforts to make workplaces more hearing-healthy

      NEW ORLEANS–When noise in the workplace makes the news, it’s usually either because OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has charged an employer with violating its noise regulations or workers are suing an employer for causing damage to their hearing. Last week, though, two companies were cited for doing the right…

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Five inventors of the cochlear implant to be awarded Russ Prize in engineering

WASHINGTON, DC–Five scientists whose contributions led to the invention of the cochlear implant, which has provided hearing to hundreds of thousands of deaf people, will receive the 2015 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, awarded biennially by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The honorees–Graeme M. Clark, MD, PhD; Michael M. Merzenich, PhD; Erwin Hochmair,…

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Hearing aid from ReSound called an “innovation that improved the world”

    BLOOMINGTON, MN—Rarely is a hearing aid credited by anyone outside the hearing industry with changing the world. But that is just what happened when Mashable.com selected ReSound LiNX as one of “14 innovations that improved the world in 2014.” LiNX, which was introduced last January, is a Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid that allows the…

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AuD students from Northwestern win prize ADA’s student business plan contest

LAS VEGAS–Rachel Otto and Efoe Femi Nyatepe-Coo, doctor of audiology students at Northwestern University, were named the winning team here earlier this month in the second annual ADA Student Business Plan Competition, sponsored by EarQ. The two fourth-year students were honored during the 2014 Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) Convention. They received a $5000 cash grant…

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Marion Downs, acclaimed as “mother of pediatric audiology,” dies at 100

By David H. Kirkwood Marion Downs, the beloved and revered audiologist who largely invented the field of pediatric audiology, died on November 13 in Dana Point, California, 10 months after her 100th birthday. Dr. Downs’s trailblazing work, begun in the early 1960s at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (UC School of Medicine), showed the…

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Youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner is also the first with a cochlear implant

OSLO–When Malala Yousafzay receives the Nobel Peace Prize in December, the 17-year-old Pakistani girl will be the youngest person ever to receive that high honor or, in fact, a Nobel Prize of any kind. Malala, as she become widely known throughout the world, was selected on October 10 by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, along with…

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Free e-course from Ida Institute teaches fundamentals of patient-centered care

NAERUM, DENMARK—Hearing care professionals and students can now take a free online course and gain a practical introduction to the fundamentals of patient-centered Developed by the Ida Institute, a non-profit organization funded by the Oticon Foundation, the Ida Basics Course is designed to encourage reflection on the clinician’s approach to patient care and suggest concepts…

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New audiology fellowship honors Jim and Susan Jerger on their retirement from UT Dallas

DALLAS—Friends, family, and colleagues from around the country gathered in Dallas recently to celebrate the retirement of the renowned audiologists Drs. James and Susan Jerger from the University of Texas-Dallas (UT Dallas) School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. During the celebration, the UT Dallas News Center reported on September 17, the University and the American…

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