KRAUS: MARION DOWNS LECTURER
Nina Kraus, PhD, a member of The Hearing Journal's Editorial Advisory Board and professor of auditory neuroscience at Northwestern University, was awarded the distinction of presenting the Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology at AudiologyNOW! 2014, the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), in Orlando, FL.
Her speech, titled “Using Biological Assessment in Audiology: Spotlight on Auditory Processing and Hearing in Noise,” marks the 10th anniversary of the lecture named in honor of Marion P. Downs, DHS, DSc (Hon.).
Dr. Downs, who turned 100 on Jan. 26, pioneered the first national infant hearing screening program in 1963 and has worked to make the identification and management of hearing loss in infants and children a key medical, educational, and public health consideration. The lecture is presented by the AAA Foundation and funded by the Oticon Foundation.
AHAA HONORS PRACTICE OWNERS
Audiologists and business owners were recognized with the following five awards at the 19th annual American Hearing Aid Associates Convention in Grapevine, TX:
* Elizabeth Kennedy, PhD, owner of Associates in Hearing HealthCare in Barrington and Marlton, NJ, received the President's Award. AHAA President Tina Soika commended Dr. Kennedy's commitment to grow her business by adding staff, focusing on marketing, and creating opportunities for employees, and Ms. Soika noted the practice's success in ending 2013 with 61-percent growth over 2012.
* Paul Esposito, AuD, and Rita Lorentz, AuD, owners of Smithtown/Sayville Hearing Services in Smithtown and Sayville, NY, were presented with the Growth Award for their practice's significant year-over-year growth.
* Mary Thorpe, AuD, owner of HearCare Audiology Center in Sarasota and Venice, FL, was honored with the Leadership Award, which celebrates improvement in performance and leadership skills.
* Larry Solow, AuD, owner of Valley Hearing Center in Salinas and Monterey, CA, received the All the Right Things Award, which recognizes a commitment to implementing AHAA's growth tools.
* Lori Ann Halvorson, AuD, who owns Lake Forest Hearing in Lake Forest and Northfield, IL, was given the Organizational Development Award for her commitment to training.
LAWRENCE LUSTIG TO JOIN COLUMBIA
Lawrence Lustig, MD, was appointed chair of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and otolaryngologist-in-chief at New York–Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, effective July 1. Dr. Lustig is currently professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. His research focuses on the molecular biology of hearing, with a special concentration on auditory hair cell function and the genetics of hearing loss.
DERAMUS: EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
Easter Seals Central Alabama chose DeRamus Hearing Centers as its 2013 Employer of the Year. DeRamus was selected in large part for its support of the organization's Senior Community Service Employment Program, as noted in a news release. DeRamus was an on-the-job training site for the program and hired one of its participants.