photoGenetics and Hearing Loss
Genetics and Hearing Loss, edited by Charles I. Berlin, PhD, and Bronya J. B. Keats, PhD, is the fifth book in the Kresge-Mirmelstein Award cycle published and supported by Singular Publishing Group, San Diego. This book contains contributions from researchers on the genetic causes of hearing loss and includes a CD-ROM featuring samples of American Sign Language and Cued Speech. Topics covered include mouse models and progress in human deafness research, the Myosin-15 molecular motor, gene therapy for the treatment of hearing disorders, transmitters in the cochlea and adaptation to deafness. For more information visit or call 800-354-9706.

photoA Guide to Hearing Aid Use
Hear Again, Inc., Austin, TX, announces the release of Better Communication and Hearing Aids: Guide to Hearing Aid Use, a 53-page workbook by Donna S. Wayner, PhD, and Judy E. Abrahamson, MA. It includes information and guidelines to help individuals with hearing-impairment adjust to amplification and “learn how to hear again”. It can be given to new hearing instrument users at the time of dispensing to provide education and enhance their experience with hearing aids. More information can be obtained through

photoHearing Aid Brochure
The American Academy of Audiology (AAA), McLean, VA, introduces Selecting Hearing Aids That Are Right For You. The brochure is designed to help clarify the many choices available to consumers. Michael Valente, PhD, of Washington Univ. in St. Louis headed the Task Force on Hearing Aid Information for Consumers and worked with other Academy members to develop this full-color brochure. The brochure offers a step-by-step guide to purchasing hearing instruments and covers a broad range of hearing aid topics including styles, technology and the value of audiologists. The Academy’s Pre-Purchase Assessment Guideline for Amplification Devices is also included. Visit  for further information.

A new website,, has been launched by Effective Communication, Independence, KY, intended to provide easy access to ALD information and tools that help professionals remain current relative to the effective use of ALDs. The website is designed for professionals to use as a resource for demonstrations and for consumers and clients to find an online store that is easy to navigate and understand.


NYSSLHA Convention
NYS Speech-Language-Hearing Assn., Inc. 2001 Annual Convention will be held on March 29 to April 1, 2001, at Hilton Rye Town, Rye Brook, NY. Speakers will cover topics on dysphasia, voice dysfluency, pediatric audiology, school concerns, hearing instruments, professional issues, phonology and cochlear implants. Attendees can earn CEU credits. For more information visit ; email: [email protected] ; or call 800-697-7542.

California Academy of Audiology Conference
The California Academy of Audiology announces its second annual conference, “Plug Into California Audiology”, to be held on September 21-22, 2001 at the Clarion Hotel, Millbrae, CA, near the San Francisco Airport. There will be a pre-conference on Thursday, September 20. The classes will include CEUs for state license in audiology and hearing aid dispensing. Classes will not conflict with exhibit times. The conference reportedly will introduce new traditions of education and fun, concentrating both on California audiology and state offerings like good food and fun times. For more information, contact Beth Ehrlich at 510-537-4211 or Cydney Fox at 213-742-1341.