Somerset, NJ — Over 2,700 audiologists rocked for a cause at the “Empowering People Rock Gala” sponsored by the Oticon Hearing Foundation during this year’s AAA conference. In addition to the celebration, the foundation made a $27,500 donation to the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF).

The amount came from the 2,700 guests at Oticon’s AAA party. The foundation had pledged to donate $10 to AAAF for every conference participant who attended the April 7 event. The resulting $27,500 gift is earmarked to fund academic Empowering People Scholarships for graduate education.

“The Oticon Hearing Foundation is proud to partner with the American Academy of Audiology Foundation in empowering people who are the future of the profession,” said Oticon’s president. Peer Lauritsen, in the press statement. “By supporting the educational endeavors of students today, we will help to ensure skilled and caring hearing care professionals who share our commitment to empowering people with hearing loss to communicate freely, interact naturally, and participate actively.”

The Empowering People Scholarships will be available to third and fourth year AuD students who show exceptional promise as clinical audiologists. Students who are interested in applying for funding from the AAA Foundation Scholarship Program can visit for more information. 

Photo: Oticon Inc’s “Empowering People Rock Gala” headline entertainers, Collective Soul, joined Oticon President Peer Lauritsen, AAAF Board Chair Dianne Meyer, PhD, and AAAF Chair-Elect Richard Danielson, PhD, at the April 7 event that empowered 2,700 conference participants to rock for a cause. (L-R) Collective Soul band members Dean Roland and Ed Roland, Peer Lauritsen, Dianne Meyer, Richard Danielson, and band members Will Turpin and Joel Kosche.

SOURCE: Oticon