The Center for Amplification and Hearing Research (CAHR) at Sonic Innovations, Salt Lake City, has scheduled a 2009 summit in Jackson, Wyo, on September 3 to 6.

The biannual open meeting harks back to an earlier meeting in Jackson featuring fun, adventure, and an open exchange. The new theme—What is Old is New Again—is fitting for the lodge, which is undergoing a refurbishment while keeping its historic landmark designation.

“I want to bring back the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Grand Tetons along with interesting and provocative presentations," says Michael Nilsson, PhD, director of CAHR and VP of auditory research for the company. "Many conferences are becoming repetitive in content, and I hope that a themed event such as this will attract useful and interesting topics that will be appreciated by clinicians and researchers alike.”

The conference, to be held at the Jackson Lake Lodge, Moran, Wyoming, will begin with an evening social event: stargazing with the hotel’s astronomer and an outdoor meal. Presentations follow in the coming days.  

Two social events are in the works: a chuck wagon dinner with singing cowboys at the Bar J Chuckwagon, and a float ride or cruise to dinner. Accompanying guests may partake in spa or golf excursions to the hotel’s sister property at Teton Village.

“Any event that can bring together a diverse collection of people interested in similar activities and topics will lead to learning opportunities not available elsewhere, as well as unique fun not found at other conferences,” he says.

The meeting is intended to be an educational conference and it is open to individuals and companies interested in hearing health. CEU’s will be provided. Registration information and a finalized program should be available in January 2009.

Sponsorships are available, with several options. For a set fee, sponsors will be given presentation time during breakfast to focus on the history of their company, or they can sponsor lunch, dinner, or provide conference items (ie, notebooks, pens, etc) displaying their company name or logo. Those interested in providing sponsorship should contact Nilsson for more information via e-mail, or call (801) 365-2966.