The Center of Childhood Deafness at Boys Town Releases New Quarterly E Newsletter

Boys Town National Research Hospital’s Center for Childhood
Deafness recently released its quarterly e-newsletter containing links for
professionals who serve children with hearing loss and for families who may
benefit from accessing their programs and care. Their mission is to reach
children and families across the country. Take a look at the various distance
education courses that address the needs of educators and parents who wish to
access the most up-to-date evidence-based approaches in education and development.


November 2011: Probes and Tips

The November 2011 edition of the ECHO Initiative’s Probes and Tips newsletter is
now available and features some new features on how to “Spread the Word” and help draw positive and appropriate attention to the important services that you are providing to children, while simultaneously informing others about best practices in early childhood hearing screening.

Link: Launches Campaign as Antidote to UnitedHealth Group Internet Hearing Aid Sales Initiative

As the audiology industry reacts to the news that Minnetonka-based
health insurer UnitedHealth Group is making discounted hearing aids
available for only $749-$949 per ear to both their customers and
a wholly owned consumer marketing division of AuDNet, Inc. wants consumers to understand the potential dangers of this
initiative and is offering an alternative.
is not alone in their concern about UnitedHealth Group’s decision, and
joins the Minnesota
Department of Health and professional industry organizations that
have taken specific actions regarding this news such as the American
Academy of Audiology, Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and American
Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.


October and November EHDI Email Express is now available!

October/November Issue of AAP’s EHDI E-Mail Express is now
available and includes some great information on subjects such as:

     -Mild hearing
loss linked to brain atrophy in older adults; early intervention could prevent
slide toward speech comprehension difficulties
     -a new
Tele-intervention Resource Guide
     -a brief overview
of the National Association for the Deaf
     -Reducing loss to

and more!!  Check it
out to find current news and information from the American Academy of


HRSA Announces New MCHB Director

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
announced today that they have selected Dr. Michael Lu as the new Associate
Administrator for Maternal and Child Health (MCH Bureau Director). Dr. Lu’s
starting date at MCHB is still being determined, but we would like to
congratulate Dr. Lu on being selected to this new and important position.

Picture of Dr. Lu (taken from UCLA website)


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Draft Strategic Plan

Submission Deadline: November 23, 2011

The National
Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) seeks
public comments on its draft strategic plan for 2012-2016. The NIDCD
supports and conducts research and research
training in the areas of hearing and balance; smell and taste; and
voice, speech, and language. The Strategic Plan serves as a guide to the
NIDCD in prioritizing its research investment, illustrates the current
state-of-the-science, and highlights recent advances
in the communication sciences. The draft Plan presents a series of
goals and objectives that represent the most promising research needs
within the NIDCD’s mission areas.