d06a.jpg (7995 bytes)Oaktree Products
Oaktree Products, Chesterfield, Mo, presents Infection Control in the Hearing Aid Clinic, written by A.U. Bankaitis, PhD, an audiologist and private consultant in Boulder, Colo, and Robert J. Kemp, MBA, a microbiologist and CEO of Oaktree Products. This is the first book of its kind specifically addressing infection control in the hearing aid clinic, providing dispensing professionals and students with current and comprehensive information on infection control, including 15 step-by-step, practical procedures that should be implemented in the dispensing clinic. The book provides basic information on immunology, microbiology, and infectious diseases, including CMV, hepatitis, SARS, and others. It also outlines eight specific reasons why hearing aid-specific infection control procedures should be implemented in the dispensing clinic, including a review of recent infection control research findings from the audiology literature. The book is also supplemented by a comprehensive outline of federally-mandated, OSHA infection control requirements, associated regulatory agencies, a glossary of over 60 terms, a sample written infection control plan template, and a comprehensive index. To order copies or for more information, contact Oaktree Products Inc at (800) 347-1960.

d06a.jpg (7995 bytes)Rutgers University Press
Overcoming Hearing Aid Fears: The Road to Better Hearing by John M. Burkey is designed as an informative, easy-to-use guide that explains the facts and dispels misconceptions about hearing aids. The book was written to help people with hearing loss address their concerns and fears about hearing aids. Family and friends can use the book to help others. Audiologists and hearing instrument specialists can use it as a tool to help patients surmount hearing aid objections and to develop realistic expectations. John M. Burkey is the director of audiology at the Lippy Group for Ear, Nose and Throat in Warren, Ohio. Overcoming Hearing Aid Fears is available from Rutgers University Press (800) 446-9323,,,,, and other bookstores.

Scholarship Program

Audiology Foundation of America
The Audiology Foundation of America, Lafayette, Ind, is once again offering the Audiology Professional Organization Practitioner Scholarships to encourage new applications to distance learning AuD programs. Recipients of the scholarships will be selected by their professional organizations. Participating organizations include: the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists; the Air Force Audiology Association; the American Academy of Audiology; the Audiological Resources Association; the Educational Audiology Association; and the Military Audiology Association. Scholarships will be awarded in early 2004. For more information about the scholarships, contact your audiology professional organization or visit the AFA Web site at


Central Institute for the Deaf
The Central Institute for the Deaf (CID), St Louis, has received two gifts of $10,000 each from the Energizer Trust Fund and the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund for the CID school. The gift is a general donation to the CID oral school to help support education for children whose hearing impairment creates a challenge that will preclude them from doing well in a mainstream school. The gift will also support CID’s Pre-K department, which serves children ages 3 to 5. The focus of the preschool program is on learning listening and spoken language skills with children grouped by language ability. In addition, the gift is part of the fund’s “Reading Ready: Preparing Children to Be Lifelong Readers” program, an early childhood program that helps young children, newborn to age 5, develop pre-literacy skills.


Arizona Audiology Network
The Arizona Audiology Network presents “Wedding Technology To Patient Hearing Needs” on January 24, 2004 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Tucson, Ariz. The conference, which includes 8 CEU credits, will feature the following speakers: Jerry Northern, PhD, Hearx; Thomas Powers, PhD, Siemens; Craig Dunkel, MA, Oticon; Victor Bray, PhD, Sonic Innovations; Rose Bongiovani, AuD, Widex; Tim Trine, PhD, Starkey. For more information contact: Ray Katz, (520)-322-8987, fax 520-318-3900; e-mail: [email protected].

American Hearing Aid Associates
American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA) presents its 8th Annual Convention on February 5-7, 2004, in Las Vegas. For more information, contact your regional manager or Gayle Silvestri, (800) 984-3272, x355.

Maryland Speech-Language Hearing Association
The MSHA presents its Annual Convention on April 23-24, 2004 in Baltimore. Contact: (410) 239-7770.