Lars Rønn

Sonion Hearing Instrument Components
Lars Rønn has been named president of Hearing Instrument Components for Sonion, Roskilde, Denmark. He holds a master’s of science degree from Denmark’s Technical University and has previous experience with other high-tech companies.

National Hearing Conservation Association
Les Blomberg, executive director of the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse, has been awarded the 2005 Media Award from The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), Greenwood Village, Colo. The award was presented February 26, 2005, during NHCA’s annual conference in Tucson, Ariz.

 Les Blomberg, center, receives the 2005 Media Award from NHCA President Ted Madison, right, and NHCA Director of Communications Rick Neitzel.

The Media Award, established in 1993, recognizes writers and/or producers of news features that heighten public awareness of the hazards of noise.

 Robert Dobie, right, receives the 2005 Outstanding Hearing Conservationist Award from Madison and NHCA Director of Education Theresa Schulz.

NHCA has presented Robert Dobie, MD, with the 2005 Outstanding Hearing Conservationist Award during its annual conference. Dobie received the award because of his contributions to hearing loss prevention and the evaluation of the effects of noise on hearing. He is a clinical professor in the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center.

The NHCA Outstanding Hearing Conservationist Award, established in 1990, recognizes contributions to, or achievement within, the field of hearing conservation.

Hearing Services Limited
The Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association (WSHA) presented Meredy Hase, AuD, president of Hearing Services Limited, with the 2005 President’s Award during its annual conference held in Madison, Wis, in April. While serving as a member of WSHA’s executive board, Hase worked with the state of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services to revise the Medicaid program for coverage of hearing aids for children and adults. She was also active in the 2002 state legislation that required hospitals to test the hearing of all newborn babies.

 Meredy Hase, AuD, president of Hearing Services Limited, and Gerard Kupperman, PhD, audiologist, founder of Hearing Services Limited, received awards from the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association in April.

Gerard Kupperman, PhD, audiologist, founder of Hearing Services Limited, received the WSHA Salutes Outstanding Service Award during the April conference. Kupperman completed eight years of service to the state of Wisconsin Hearing and Speech Examining Board, which regulates audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and hearing instrument specialists in Wisconsin. He served for seven years as chairman of the board.

Audiology Foundation of America
The Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), Lafayette, Ind, has presented two third-year AuD students at the Arizona School of Health Sciences with Audiology Foundation of America Student Excellence Awards. Amanda Teuscher and Kristin Degueyter were presented with $500 scholarships and otoscopes by Susan Paarlberg, AFA executive director.

 AFA Executive Director Susan Paarlberg, third from the left, first row, with ASHS faculty and students.

The AFA in 2002 awarded the Arizona School of Health Sciences and Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s School of Audiology $20,000 to endow student award funds. Teuscher and Degueyter were the first to receive the awards. Recipients must be in the top fifth of their class and demonstrate a commitment to professional organizational involvement.

Two practitioners received $1,000 scholarships from the AFA to support their AuD education. During a drawing held during the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Convention in Washington, DC, Tammy Ellis, Hamilton, Ala, and Michael Pengelly, Center Valley, Pa, were selected as scholarship winners.

 Tom Begley

Rayovac Corp, Madison, Wis, has named Tom Begley to the position of division vice president of sales. Begley earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Colorado, Boulder and he joined Rayovac in 1991.

 Morgan Tharp

The Hearing Review
Morgan Tharp has joined The Hearing Review as associate editor. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science. Prior to joining HR, she was the city editor of The Hollister Free Lance, Hollister, Calif, and a copy editor at The Signal, Santa Clarita, Calif. She succeeds Arati Murti who was recently appointed as editor of Physical Therapy Products, an Ascend Media magazine.