CONFERENCES

Advances in Tinnitus

The Center for Hearing & Deafness and the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo is sponsoring a conference titled “Advances in Tinnitus, Assessment, Treatment & Neuroscience Basics” June 22-24 at the Holiday Inn Grand Island Resort and Conference Center, Grand Island, New York. The conference will bring together some of the leading experts to evaluate the most effective strategies for assessing and treating tinnitus with sound-cognitive therapies, drugs, or electrical and magnetic stimulation, to discuss important scientific advances in brain imaging of tinnitus, and to review important scientific advances related to physiological, neurochemical, and biological mechanisms that give rise to tinnitus. Continuing education credits will be available, as well as a poster session and clinical treatment-discussion breakout session. Register online at wings.buffalo.edu/faculty/research/chd/ or contact Carol Altman at or (716) 829-2001, ext 10, to obtain a registration form.

Florida Academy of Audiology

The 11th Annual Convention of the Florida Academy of Audiology, “Hear the Future” will be August 30 through September 1 at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg, Fla. Featured speakers for the convention include: Jack Katz, Jay Hall, Theresa Chisholm, William Martin, Charles Berlin, Richard Gans. The convention date is Labor Day weekend and attendees are encouraged to contact the hotel early to make reservations. For information about the convention contact Margie J. Walden, executive director of the Florida Academy of Audiology, at (866) 353-3522; .

AudiologyNOW! 2007

AudiologyNOW! 2007, the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), will be held April 18-21 in Denver. Attendees can expect to preview the latest technologies, gather information on groundbreaking discoveries, and learn state-of-the-art procedures for diagnosing and treating hearing loss and balance disorders. A full slate of learning modules, featured sessions, discussion groups, interactive learning labs, and special events is planned. This year’s educational highlight is the introduction of four dedicated areas of concentration called SuperTracks: Hearing Loss Prevention, Pediatrics, Sensory Technology, and Vestibular Issues. “Denver provides a state-of-the art convention center, quality restaurants, great nightlife, and is easily walkable,” says AudiologyNOW! 2007 Program Chair Sharon Sandridge. “The setting is spectacular with its prominent mountain views. With so many audiology programs within the state, it will feel like coming home to many past students.”

This year’s AudiologySolutions (Expo) at the Colorado Convention Center will have more than 200 exhibitors and 100,000 square feet of exhibits that feature the newest products and technology in the field. There are plans for an interactive and educational area open to the public during the event that will encourage learning about hearing health and hearing loss prevention. For more information visit www.audiologyNOW.org.

International Congress of Audiology

The dates and location have been released for the XXIXth International Congress of Audiology. The gathering will take place in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center June 8-12, 2008. The biennial event is organized by the International Society of Audiology and offers learning opportunities that cover a wide range of topics. Event information is available online at www.ica2008.com.

Financial

Tax Benefits Available

Significant tax benefits may be available to parents of children with disabilities. The North Virginia Resource Center (NVRC) suggests parents visit Wrightslaw.com to review these benefits in an article titled “Year 2006 Tax Benefits for Parents of Children with Disabilities,” by Michael O’Connor, Esq.

The NVRC points out instruction in sign language, speech therapy, and remedial reading may be deductible. Related books and materials may also qualify for the medical expense deduction.

Other valuable deductions may be available for tuition costs for a special school that has a program designed to educate children with disabilities, and amounts paid for a child’s tutoring by a teacher specially trained and qualified to deal with severe disabilities. There may also be deductions available for the expenses incurred by parents who attend conferences to obtain medical information about treatment and care for their children.

Scholarships Available

A new college scholarship plan launched by Sonus will award $2,500 annually to each of eight third- and fourth-year doctoral students in audiology. The program, announced by Sonus, will be administered in partnership with Scholarship America.

“The final years of the AuD are critical for students, most of whom are balancing their academic demands with work and family,” says Michele Fusco, senior vice president of professional development at Amplifon USA, the parent company of Sonus. “By offering scholarships to up-and-coming audiologists, Sonus is helping to ensure that the best and brightest students will have the financial support necessary to complete their programs and make an immediate impact in the hearing-health industry.”

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a full-time academic program as a third-or fourth-year AuD student and attend a qualified university in the United States or Canada. Applications must be submitted to Scholarship America with a current, complete transcript. A list of approved universities is available on the Sonus College Scholarship Program Web site: www.sms.scholarshipamerica.org/sonus.