Phonak honors educational audiologist

WARRENVILLE, IL–Erin C. Schafer, PhD, a leading expert on the use of FM systems, is the 2013 recipient of Phonak LLC’s Cheryl DeConde Johnson Award for outstanding achievement in educational and pediatric audiology. Schafer is an associate professor in speech and hearing sciences at the University of North Texas. This annual award honors an audiologist…

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Once seen as a foe, mobile phone industry to be honored by Hearing Loss Association

By David H. Kirkwood BETHESDA, MD—Back in the late 1990s, few would have believed that advocates for people with hearing loss would ever have a kind word for the wireless phone industry. That was the time that mobile phones were really starting to catch on in the U.S. The bad news, as users and manufacturers…

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Hearing industry research consortium will award $300,000 to its two initial grant recipients

MINNEAPOLIS–The Hearing Industry Research Consortium (IRC) announced on Monday the recipients of $300,000 in research grants in its initial Request for Proposals (RFP) program. Piers Dawes, PhD, a research fellow at the University of Manchester in the UK, and Andrea Pittman, PhD, associate professor at Arizona State University, will each receive $150,000 to support their…

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Illinois cites audiologist for outstanding services

CHICAGO–Gloria Wong, AuD, received the annual award for Outstanding Audiology Services from the Illinois Department of Human Services. Field counselors from the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) were asked to nominate audiologists who had provided outstanding services. Wong was selected for her dedication and for the quality of services provided to DRS clients. Wong has…

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Doug Beck honored by British Academy of Audiology

MANCHESTER, UK–Douglas Beck, AuD, a prominent American audiologist, received the 2012 Jos Millar Shield from the British Academy of Audiology (BAA). The long-standing award is presented annually to the person who has submitted the best article for a BAA publication in the previous year. Beck won for his article “What – I Didn’t Know That!,”…

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Roger Ruth Award presented to AuD student

HARRISONBURG, VA–Andrea Liuzzo, a doctor of audiology student at James Madison University (JMU), is the 2012 recipient of the Roger Ruth Memorial Fund Student Research Award. It was presented to her at a special ceremony last month at the Ruth Symposium. The award was created in 2009 in memory of Dr. Roger Ruth, PhD, for…

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ADA announces campaign to expand Medicare coverage of audiologic services

PHOENIX—The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) unveiled a new campaign last week during its annual meeting that will advocate for changes in the Social Security Act (SSA) to improve audiologic care for Medicare beneficiaries. Among its objectives is to finally achieve audiology’s unfulfilled goal of providing Medicare patients with direct access to audiologic treatment.…

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Technology from Canada is designed to reduce hearing loss

HAMILTON, ON—Traditionally, hearing aids have helped people with hearing loss by amplifying and processing sound in such a way that users can make the most of their residual hearing. They are not expected to improve people’s ability to hear unaided. But now, for the second time in the past few months, hearing aid technology has been…

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Defense Dept. awards $1.2 million for research on NIHL treatment/ prevention

SPRINGFIELD IL—Kathleen C.M. Campbell, PhD, one of America’s leading researchers on the causes of hearing loss and ways to address  it, has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for a study to determine optimal dosages and timing of dosages of D-methionine (D-met) for protection and rescue from noise-induced hearing…

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Canada awards high honor to Marshall Chasin, one of Hearinghealthmatters’ own

This Hearing News Watch item was updated on August 6. TORONTO–Marshall Chasin, AuD, editor of the Hear the Music blog at Hearinghealthmatters.org, has been awarded the Canadian Governor General’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Volunteer Services. This high honor recognizes the Toronto-based audiologist for his outstanding voluntary contributions to the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. The…

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