The totals are in: Over 2,500 hearing care professionals rocked for a cause at Oticon’s “Rock NOW!” benefit during the 2012 AAA conference, where Oticon donated $10 to the Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF) for each party attendee.

In addition to contributing to the total $25,000 donation, guests enjoyed an hour-long concert by rock band "Third Eye Blind."

Oticon Inc, based in Somerset, NJ, reported that its gift would fund five $5,000 academic Empowering People Scholarships for graduate education. The scholarships are offered to third-year AuD students who show exceptional promise as clinical audiologists.

"We are pleased to again partner with the American Academy of Audiology Foundation to support educational programs for the students of today that will ensure skilled and caring hearing care professionals who share our commitment to putting the needs of people with hearing loss first," said Oticon president Peer Lauritsen.

"Oticon’s generous gift will help lighten the financial burden for deserving audiology students and help to ensure the vitality of the profession of audiology," stated AAAF chair Dick Danielson. "We thank Oticon for its ongoing support of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation’s educational programs."

Oticon Inc’s “Rock NOW! Benefit” headline entertainers, Third Eye Blind, joined Oticon President Peer Lauritsen and AAAF Board members Dick Danielson, Hilary Rosenstrauch, and Ed Szumowski at the March 29 event during AudiologyNOW! 2012. More than 2,500 conference participants rocked for a great cause. (L-R) Third Eye Blind band member Stephan Jenkins, Peer Lauritsen, Dick Danielson, Hilary Rosenstrauch, Ed Szumowski, and band member Brad Hargreaves.

SOURCE: Oticon Inc