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Hearing Journal Report

doi: 10.1097/01.HJ.0000430573.78065.81
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The Illinois Academy of Audiology (ILAA) announced the 2012-2013 winners of its annual Doctoral Scholarship Awards: Kristen Cortese of Rush University and Sean Flowers of Northwestern University received the AuD scholarships, and Cheryl Robinson, also from Rush, received the research award. Applicants must be at least in their second year of study, and selection is based on the potential for the student to make a significant contribution to the audiology field; demonstrated academic accomplishment and intellectual ability; the applicant's character, school and community activities, personal motivation, and leadership potential; and, for the research award, the potential benefit of the student's research.

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Oticon donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the special edition Intiga Think Pink and other Intiga hearing solutions to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Employees also participated in an American Cancer Society walk in New York City's Central Park, and the company held a Think Pink day at its headquarters, during which medical staff from the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital provided breast health and wellness advice.

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In an effort to reduce the childhood stigma of hearing aids, Phonak partnered with Marvel Custom Solutions on a poster highlighting the benefits of the technology.

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The inspiration behind the partnership is five-year-old Anthony Smith of New Hampshire. Anothony told his mother he did not want to wear his hearing aid, which they call his “blue ear,” because superheroes don't wear them. In a search for evidence to refute this claim, his mother, Christina D'Allesandro, wrote to Marvel and got an unexpected response: Marvel created a whole new Blue Ear for Anthony, this one in the form of a superhero who relies on his listening device to hear people in trouble. Ms. D'Allesandro previously wrote about this experience for The Hearing Journal's eNewsletter: .

Phonak's educational poster, which features Iron Man, is being distributed to pediatric hearing practices. Phonak customers who'd like copies of the poster should ask their sales representative or call the company at 800-777-7333.

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