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Megan Aldridge

Heather Untied


Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, announces the expansion of its audiology department with the addition of Megan Aldridge and Heather Untied. Aldridge, MS, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida. Prior to joining Audina, Aldridge served as staff audiologist for both a private practice and in a medical setting. Untied, MS, is an audiology graduate of both Denison University and Ohio State University. She has recently completed hands-on training of the Audina product and ezFIT software. Both women will be responsible for technical training and support, product development, and software enhancement. They will both present approved continuing education lectures at national training seminars as well as in-house at the Audina facility.

SonionMicrotronic, Roskilde, Denmark, announces that as of January 1, 2004, the name of the company will simply be Sonion. The name change will be implemented gradually over the coming months. In addition, the company has announced the appointment of Michael Ruge as president of its hearing instrument components business as of October 1, 2003. His top priority will be to further strengthen and streamline the company’s full package of offerings to hearing instrument manufacturers worldwide. Jeff Taylor continues as president of Sonion US Inc and sales director for the Americas, and Henrik Ravn continues as sales director for Europe and Asia, both reporting to Ruge.

Pennsylvania College of Optometry
From left: Michael Rairigh, Elizabeth Soof, Atry Karami, and Jungwhan Lee-Kim.

The Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO), Elkins Park, Pa, has announced that the following students have entered the college’s doctorate degree program in audiology (AuD): Elizabeth Soof, who majored in communication sciences and disorders at Temple University in Philadelphia; Atry Karami, who majored in biology from Towson University; Michael Rairigh, a biology major from Bethany College of West Virginia; and Jungwhan Lee-Kim, who majored in communication sciences and disorders at East Carolina University.

Cochlear Americas
Cochlear Americas, Denver, recently announced two new staff promotions. David Michael Evans, former director of customer care West, was promoted to vice president, customer care USA. In his new role, Evans will be responsible for all field sales efforts in the United States. Prior to joining Cochlear in February 2002, Evans had been national sales director for a hearing aid manufacturing company. The company has also promoted Kären Miller, former marketing services manager, to director of marketing services. Miller is now responsible for all marketing support materials, trade show and event planning, including customer relationship management and corporate travel programs.

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GN ReSound
GN ReSound Group continues to build its North America research audiology group with the additions of Andrew Dittberner as research audiologist and Tammy Thornton as research audiology associate. Dittberner received a BA from the University of Northal Dakota, an MS from the University of Arizona, and a PhD from the University of Iowa. In addition, he studied communications engineering with a specialization in speech sign processing strategies at UCLA. Tammy Thornton received a BA from the University of Iowa and an MS from Vanderbilt University. She previously held a clinical audiology position at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women in Orlando, Fla.

Tammy Thornton

University of Florida
d07a.jpg (9891 bytes)University of Florida AuD grads pictured at the summer commencement ceremony at the University of Florida College of Health Professions, Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida Joint Audiology Program, Gainesville, Fla, this August marked 5 years of operations with commencement activities for the class of Summer 2003. From Long Island to San Diego—and cities in between—31 graduates received Doctor of Audiology degrees, bringing the total number of distance-learning graduates in the program to 615. A collaboration of the Colleges of Health Professions department of communicative disorders and Liberal Arts and Sciences department of communication sciences, the program offers a professional degree to students across the U.S. Alice E. Holmes, PhD, Doctor of Audiology program director and graduate coordinator of the distance-learning program, announced during commencement that the faculty at the University of Florida remain as committed today as when the first class was admitted in 1998. The program’s course delivery system has been integrated into to the University of Florida’s Web-based course management system, WebCT.