The Widex Office of Clinical Research in Amplification, Lisle, Ill, recently announced the company’s 2002 Pediatric Hearing Assistance Program partners. Widex is teaming with these professionals to provide state-of-the-art digital hearing aids to children with limited financial resources. In return for savings on high-tech hearing instruments, the children and their families will allow their hearing, speech, and language development to be monitored to document the impact of this technology. The information obtained from this program will hopefully further increase the understanding of pediatric hearing aid fittings, as well as improve hearing aid reimbursement procedures for children. Francis Kuk, PhD, and John A. Nelson, PhD, will be organizing the annual program for Widex. The 2002 Pediatric Hearing Assistance Program partners and site managers are: Laurie Hanin, PhD, League for the Hard of Hearing, New York; Cheryl Lustig, MA, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati; Diane Hammel, MA, Hearing Health Center, Naperville, Ill; Nannette Nicholson, MS, University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Hearing & Speech, Kansas City, Mo; Margaret Winter, MS, House Ear Institute, Children’s Auditory Research & Evaluation Center, Los Angeles.

Audiology Foundation of America

 AFA director Veronica Heide, AuD, presents George Osborne, PhD, with a plaque honoring him for his leadership in audiology.

George Osborne, PhD, dean of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) School of Audiology, Philadelphia, was honored by the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) at an open house held at PCO during the April 2002 American Academy of Audiology Annual Convention. Osborne is a charter member of the AFA’s board of directors, and has served as treasurer. He is currently a member of the AFA’s advisory committee.

Sonus, Portland, Ore, has announced several new promotions within the company. Michele Fusco has been promoted to vice president of service excellence. In this role, she will be responsible for the Sonus Greenhouse training program, patient satisfaction measurement, and manufacturer relationships. Also, Dan Quall and Brendan Ford have been promoted to president and vice president, respectively, of the Sonus Network. The company has also promoted Shawn Parker to inside sales manager of the Sonus Network. Parker will operate as inside account executive for California and Hawaii. Finally, the company has promoted Jon Nau to regional network manager for the mountain region, which covers Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Arizona, and New Mexico. Joining Nau will be Sam Morris, who has been promoted to inside account executive for the group.

American Academy of Audiology
The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) announced its annual student research forum award winners during the AAA convention in Philadelphia this past April. This year, the organization recognized five audiology students for their recent research efforts. Rachael Frush was recognized for her research, “Evaluating the benefit of directional patterns in hearing aids;” Stephanie Leigh Adamovich for “Evaluation of personal FM system using the HINT;” Nadine Anne Jacob for “An age-related influence on spatial audiometry;” Saravanan Elangovan for “Endogenous vs exogenous origins of mismatch negativity ERP;” and M. Samantha Lewis for “Noise: directional mics or FM systems?”

  The Hearing Review
Tom Pitofsky has joined The Hearing Review as advertising director. Pitofsky, who has previously worked for Cahners Business Information, received his BA in communications from Hunter College in New York City. In addition, Benjamin Van Houten has joined The Hearing Review as associate editor. Van Houten comes to the magazine from New York City, where he worked for a business magazine publisher. He received his BA in journalism from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.