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Clinicians have a comprehensive new guideline for the treatment of tinnitus patients

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Foundation has published an extensive, evidence-based clinical practice guideline to improve the diagnosis and management of tinnitus. The guideline, the first of its kind, appears as a supplement to the October 2014 issue of the journal Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. Its stated purpose is “to…

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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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Educational audiologist who uses implants to receive Phonak’s Cheryl Johnson Award

WARRENVILLE, IL–Tina Childress, an educational audiologist known for her dedicated outreach to children and adults with hearing loss, has been named recipient of the 2014 Cheryl DeConde Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Educational and Pediatric audiology. Childress, who works at CASE Audiology in Champaign, IL, and as a cochlear implant outreach specialist and trainer…

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Mauldin Award for Excellence in Education will go to Ron Leavitt at AAA Convention

ORLANDO—Ron Leavitt, AuD, whose career has spanned a wide range of audiologic activities, will receive the Larry Mauldin Award for Excellence in Education at AudiologyNOW! 2014. The annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) will be held March 26-29 in Orlando. The Mauldin award, which is presented annually by Beltone Electronics, honors the…

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ADA honors Northern Illinois students for writing the best audiology practice plan

Pictured from left are Brian Urban, president of ADA; competition winners Rachel Magann Faivre and Liz Tusler; and Ed Keller, president of EarQ.   BONITA SPRINGS, FL–It’s not just its undefeated and top 20 ranked football team that is bringing glory to Northern Illinois University these days. A team of two AuD candidates at the…

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Wanted: Educational audiologists for a mission to Vietnam

SEATTLE–Experienced educational audiologists who would like to help children in great need and to have an unforgettable experience in the process may wish to answer a call from the Global Foundation for Children With Hearing Loss. The mission of the Seattle-based foundation is to make a direct and lasting impact on deaf and hard-of-hearing children…

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Student expelled from college nursing program because of hearing loss prevails in court

SPRINGFIELD, MO—Michael Argenyi is not the only would-be health care provider who took his college to court on charges that it had failed to accommodate his hearing loss as required by law. In Springfield, MO, Jessica Wells, who had been studying for an associate’s degree in nursing, sued Cox College of Nursing after it threw…

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Finally, Ireland will graduate its first audiologists—and maybe its last

By David H. Kirkwood ATHLONE, IRELAND–The Irish people have long been renowned for having “the gift of gab,” the ability to speak with ease, at length, and in a most expressive and entertaining manner. It’s ironic then, that in a land where people speak so well, there seems to be so little concern about citizens’…

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Texas dispensers sue Wal-Mart; say its unlicensed sale of hearing aids is illegal

By David H. Kirkwood MARSHALL, TX–The Texas Hearing Aid Association (THAA) has brought a federal class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., charging that the world’s largest retailer is selling hearing aids in Texas without the state-mandated license. The plaintiffs, who filed suit last month in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in…

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Audiology students win Austin Scholarships

  MINNEAPOLIS–Six outstanding audiology students have been awarded 2013 William F. Austin Scholarships from Starkey Hearing Technologies. More than 100 future audiologists applied for the $10,000 scholarships, which are named for the founder and CEO of Starkey, the largest U.S.-based manufacturer of hearing aids and other hearing technology. This year’s scholarship recipients are Jodi Seligman,…

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