MidAtlantic Tinnitus Conference
The 3rd MidAtlantic Tinnitus Conference will be held on March 19, 2005 in Voorhees, NJ. Tinnitus research and treatment strategies will be presented. Speakers include Richard Salvi, PhD, Rich Tyler, PhD, and Stephen Farmer, MD. CEU credits (6) are offered by the American Academy of Audiologists (AAA) and NIHA. For information, email: [email protected] 

AAO-HNS Annual Meeting
Jennifer Derebery, MD, the first woman president in the 108-year history of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), and an otolaryngologist at the renowned House Clinic, hosted the opening ceremony for the AAO-HNS Annual Meeting and OTO EXPO at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on September 19, 2004. At this event, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, delivered the John Conley Lecture on medical ethics to the assembled Academy members. Queen Noor, personally recruited by Derebery to give this address, has dedicated her time and energy to working with world leaders, international agencies, and patient and victim organizations to raise awareness about the importance of access to quality medical care as a basic human right.

Business Planning Services

American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA), West Chester, Pa, is now offering its nationwide network of associates a new array of services called Strategic Solutions. The package provides strategic and hands-on support in developing growth initiatives, expansion plans, and exit strategies. To provide the new services, AHAA has created a Strategic Solutions Division, which is headed by Bill Urwin, vice president of Strategic Services. Urwin has been with AHAA since 1998, most recently as head of its ENT division.

Among the new services are market research, acquisition strategy development, business valuation expertise, negotiation support, and access to funding. AHAA introduced Strategic Solutions to aid associates who expressed need for this type of service in planning for strategic growth, while continuing to have access to a wide variety of hearing product brands.

Web Site Enhancement

 Advanced Bionics
Advanced Bionics, Valencia, Calif, has launched a new section of its Web site for users of its cochlear implant systems. The site features information and resources to help cochlear implant users gain the most out of their cochlear implant experience. The Better Living section offers tips for maximizing hearing, help for parents and kids in the classroom, troubleshooting, and ALD’s. The Connect with Others section features personal stories from cochlear implant users, information on the volunteer-driven Bionic Ear Association, and a calendar of events. The Products section features new product releases.

Call for Papers

 American Auditory Society
The American Auditory Society has issued a call for papers to be presented at its annual meeting on March 20-22, 2005 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Proposals for presentations at the meeting should pertain to: the ear, hearing, and balance; disorders of the ear, hearing, and balance, and prevention of these disorders; or habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with hearing and balance dysfunction. Podium papers, papers funded by the National Institutes of Health, and poster presentations should be submitted online to The submission deadline is December 10, 2004. The Annual Meeting will feature: the Carhart Memorial Lecture by David Kemp, PhD; a special session entitled Pediatric Hearing Issues—Speech Perception and Rehabilitation; a lifetime award presentation; 52 submitted papers; and more.

Call for Award Nominations

 Oticon Inc
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, is seeking nominations of outstanding individuals with hearing loss for the 2005 Oticon Focus on People Awards, a nationwide awards program. The program offers awards in five categories: youth, for children ages 5-12; student, for young people ages 13-25 who are full-time students; adults, for those over the age of 18; advocacy, for individuals of all ages who are actively involved in advocacy or support efforts for the hard-of-hearing and deaf community; and practitioner, a special award for hearing care professionals who are currently in practice. A special award will also be presented to a researcher in the field of audiology and hearing aid technology in tribute to the late Poul Erik Lyregaard, former head of development for Oticon. The first place category winners will receive a $1,000 award and a $1,000 donation by Oticon to a nonprofit cause of their choice; second place winners will receive $500 and third place winners will receive $250. Applications are available at The submission deadline is January 7, 2005.