HEARSTRONG AND ATHLETES SPREAD AWARENESS
During NBA All-Star Weekend 2013 in Houston, members of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) worked with the HearStrong Foundation to present certificates for EarQ hearing devices to two local children whose families could not afford needed hearing technology.
The foundation and its sponsor EarQ also honored one of the first HearStrong Champions, Rev. Johnnie Mathis, with an official medal. Rev. Mathis is a hospital chaplain from Hempstead, TX, whose lifelong hearing loss worsened when he received radiation treatments for vocal cord cancer in 2006.
CHRIS SMITH JOINS HEARING HEALTH FOUNDATION BOARD
Chris Smith, President of Cochlear Americas, a Denver-based subsidiary of Cochlear Limited, joined the Board of Directors of the Hearing Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing hearing loss and raising awareness about prevention. Since its inception in 1958, the Foundation has raised about $27.8 million for hearing and balance research.
MIRACLE-EAR CELEBRATES 65TH ANNIVERSARY
In April 1948, Kenneth H. Dahlberg developed the pillow radio for hospital patients' private listening. His employer rejected the idea, leading to the founding of the Dahlberg Company. The company combined a receiver and transmitter to produce the first in-the-ear hearing aid: Miracle-Ear. On Aug. 28, 1999, Dahlberg Company was acquired by Amplifon, changing its name to Miracle-Ear shortly thereafter.
Miracle-Ear now has 1,200 locations nationwide and is committed to customer care. The company offers a range of custom-fit, invisible, and nearly invisible hearing aids, with a focus on innovation and design.
PHONAK RECOGNIZES INSPIRATIONAL STORY
Paige Stringer, founder and executive director of the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss, was chosen as winner of the Art of the Story & Phonak Healthy Hearing contest. She will receive a $25,000 prize from Phonak, and her winning story will be turned into a short film by movie producer Austin Chapman.
Ms. Stringer, who was born with profound hearing loss, is working with partners in the global community to implement sustainable teacher-training workshops, professional development initiatives, and hearing aid programs that will directly help deaf and hard of hearing children.
In other news from Phonak, the company received the Gold Stevie Award in the Customer Service Team of the Year–Recovery Situation category. The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service recognize the achievements of call center, customer service, and sales professionals worldwide.
OTICON DONATION HELPS MILITARY PHONE HOME
A $15,000 donation from Oticon to the USO Operation Phone Home program provides free prepaid international phone cards to deployed troops around the world.
Robert Walker and Ruben Carpio, two of Oticon's Marine Corps veterans, joined USO Metropolitan New York CEO Brian Whiting, Oticon president Peer Lauritsen, government services manager Cathy Van Evra, and channel manager for marketing Mary Porath for the presentation.
STARKEY SUPPORTS SAA GRANT PROGRAM
Starkey Hearing Technologies pledged $50,000 to fund the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Humanitarian, Educational, and Awareness Resources (HEAR) Chapter Grant Program, which is supported by the American Academy of Audiology Foundation. The pledge will fund the development of an SAA chapter project providing community service, educating audiology students, or promoting audiology awareness.
ELITE HEARING NETWORK HOLDS SUMMIT
About 1,000 people attended the Elite Hearing Network's 2013 Annual Business Summit in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, breaking the previous attendance record. Educational sessions covered hearing loss and healthy aging, patient counseling, leadership development, and financial management. Elite Hearing Network is part of Amplifon USA and offers free membership to independent hearing care providers.