Oticon Launches New Site for Hearing Care Professionals

Oticon Inc unveiled, a Web site designed to assist hearing care professionals in organizing, tracking, and processing patient accounts and preferences. The new Web site enables practitioners to easily input and update account information, practice profiles, user preferences, password control, and authorized users, as well as obtain fast and accurate contact information on Oticon account team members, BTEs and accessories ordering, ITE reservations and instrument history, and order tracking.

“Our goal is to provide hearing care professionals with the tools they need to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their practices,” says Gordon Wilson, vice president of marketing for Oticon Inc. “The new Web site gives practitioners a turn-key system that will increase efficiencies and is user-friendly for all authorized staff members. We plan to continue to update and increase the Web site’s offering.”

Other features of the new Web site include functions to track DHL shipments and view invoices and credit memos, as well as proprietary access to Oticon news, events, and research updates. For added convenience, the Web site can be accessed directly or via

The new Web site is a free service available to all Oticon account holders. To acquire a user ID and password, hearing care professionals simply click “Request a User ID and Password” and submit e-mail address, name, and phone and account numbers.


Deafness Research Foundation Awards Grants

The Deafness Research Foundation (DRF) has grant­ed awards to 23 scientists to support efforts in the field of hearing research.

For this year’s grant selection, DRF’s council of scientific trustees reviewed grant applications from scientists at the nation’s top research institutions and selected the research projects of 23 PhDs and/or MDs. Research areas include fundamental auditory research, hearing and balance restoration, hearing loss, vestibular and balance disorders and tinnitus.

Each of this year’s recipients will receive a grant of $20,000. A complete list of the 2007-2008 grants recipients is downloadable at


Phonak to Hold 4th International Pediatric Conference

The 4th International Conference “A Sound Foundation through Early Amplification” will be held in Chicago on December 6-8, 2007.

The conference will focus on maximizing the use of residual hearing in infants through provision of early amplification and other hearing care services we provide to infants, children, and their families. Presentations will be given by an impressive panel of internationally ac­claimed ex­perts in the field of pediatric audiology. General topics include auditory development, the key elements in hearing care for infants, hearing instrument technologies, management strategies for special populations, communication development, and family perspectives. Participants should be able to integrate newly acquired knowledge from the conference in their daily practice. The program has been specifically designed to allow interactions with faculty members during breaks and social activities.

The conference is co-chaired by Richard Seewald (Canada) and John Bamford (UK). The Phonak Pediatric Advisory board served as the steering committee and includes: Andrea Bohnert, (Germany), Adrian Davis (UK), Judith Gravel (USA), Melody Harrison (USA), Kevin Munro (UK), Eva Orzan (Italy), Patricia Roush (USA), Susan Scollie (Canada), Patricia Stelmachowicz (USA), and Anne-Marie Tharpe (USA).

During the conference, a separate session will be held for reviewing submitted posters. For more information on the conference, visit

Sweetow to Chair UCSF’s Audiology Amplification Update VIII

Robert Sweetow, PhD

The Otolaryngology Department at the University of California San Francisco (USCF) will host the “Audiology Amplification Update VIII,” October 19-20, at San Francisco’s Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel.

Chaired by UCSF’s Robert Sweetow, PhD, this 2-day course is designed as a state-of-the-art update of contemporary issues concerning hearing aids, outcome measures, and related audiologic rehabilitation topics. Although it is intended as a course for practicing hearing health care professionals engaged in hearing aid dispensing, it will also be of benefit for audiology graduate students and others involved in the management of adults and children with hearing disorders. The format consists of four primary components: 1) lectures presented by renowned faculty from various sites in the United States; 2) moderated question-and-answer periods at the conclusion of each morning and afternoon; 3) moderated panel discussions; and 4) updates on new technology presented by manufacturer representatives. Course faculty include Deniz Baskent, PhD, Starkey Hearing Research Center; Nikolas Blevins, MD, Stanford University; Barbara Cone-Wesson, PhD, University of Arizona; David Fabry, PhD, Phonak Hearing Systems; Patricia Kricos, PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville; Colleen Polite, AuD, UCSF, as well as Sweetow.

For more information, contact the UCSF Office of Continuing Medical Education, (415) 476-4251 or Courtney Mayer .