Company Announces Appointments
Madelaine Uzuanis, CEO of ClearSounds® Communications Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, the 100% female-owned innovative assistive communications product manufacturer, recently named Michele Ahlman as president of the company. Ahlman has been vice president of operations and marketing for HITEC Group International since 1999; she began her career with HITEC in 1990 as an account manager, and is familiar with all aspects of product distribution and quality control, knowledge that comes from personally working in every capacity at HITEC.

 Michele Ahlman

Ahlman’s previous experience includes construction administration and field engineering for Kenny Construction Company and new construction administration for LPC Inc. The wife of a Chicago-area fire department lieutenant and mother of three young children, Ahlman earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in business administration.

 Andy Olsen

In addition, the ClearSounds Communications team has named Andy Olsen as the national sales manager of ClearSounds Communications. The 29-year-old father of three will work out of the ClearSounds Minneapolis office.
“Andy was literally born to sell ALDS,” continues Ahlman. “As the son of deaf parents, he is fluent in American Sign Language and commands a complete and empathetic understanding of hearing loss, as well as first-hand experience with the value and importance of ALDs in the lives of people with hearing loss.”

In addition, Olsen has been involved with sales of assistive listening devices for the hard of hearing community since 1994.

 Terry Ross

Vice President Appointed
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, recently announced the appointment of Terry Ross as the company’s new vice president and director of hearing health care sales. Ross is a veteran of the hearing health care industry, with more than 27 years of sales and executive management experience. In addition, Ross has managerial and senior management experience in sales, marketing, strategic planning, and training in the medical device and consumer product industries. Ross, a noted speaker and author, has earned numerous accolades during his career, including: negotiating the first contract with NASA for the development of custom battery packs for the space shuttle program and launching a new generation of power technology; developing strategic marketing plans for new technology and product entries into the hearing health care market for a number of major hearing care corporations; serving as a keynote speaker at the 1989 Academy of Dispensing Audiologists convention in Phoenix; serving on the Market Development Committee for the Hearing Industries Association in Washington, DC; and introducing a new generation of PC-based audiodiagnostic testing and measurement technology, and office automation software.

Extending into South Africa
SeboTek® Hearing Systems LLC, Tulsa, Okla, recently signed a distribution agreement with Southern ENT (Pty), Irene, South Africa, to distribute SeboTek Voice-Q™ post-auricular canal (PAC)-style hearing instruments. Southern ENT is a member of the Southern Group, market leaders in dental, orthopedic, and cochlear implants.

 From left: Graham Blackbeard, managing director of Southern Group; Brian Hill, International Business Development Manager of SeboTek Hearing Systems; and Henk Wolmarans, general manager, Southern ENT.

Henk Wolmarans, general manager of Southern ENT, says, “The SeboTek PAC style fits naturally with our extensive experience in ENT products and cochlear implants and expands our ability to deliver hearing solutions for mild to profound loss patients.”

SeboTek International Business Development Manager Brian Hill notes, “We are delighted to have Southern ENT join our rapidly growing family of worldwide distributors. Southern’s representation extends our ability to bring the benefits of deep canal fittings in a practical, same-session, personalized fit.” Says Graham Blackbeard, managing director of Southern Group, “The new PAC-style hearing instrument has the key benefits of discreet appearance, acoustic excellence, and unmatched comfort for the patient.”