Have You Heard? (March 2016)

Attention AuDvocates
ADA Launches AuDvocacy Listserv—Opt in for Up to Date Information and Discussions about Advancing 18x18 and other ADA AuDvocacy Initiatives

Please visit http://www.audiologist.org/listserv if you are interested in joining. Send March out like a lion—Mark your calendar for reverse and remote Fly-In Activities Please consider participating in the ADA Reverse Fly In to AuDvocate for the AuDiology Patient Choice Act! Contact your legislators and schedule a time to meet with them during the week of March 28 – April 1, 2016 and the week of May 2-6, 2016.

Visit www.audiologist.org/reverse-fly-in for all of the information and resources that you will need to schedule your meetings! If you are unable to meet with your legislators in person, please contact them by phone and through Congressional Connect by visiting www.18x18.org.

ADA celebrates AuDvocates like Dr. Lisa Nelson who represented ADA at a February 2nd fundraiser for Representative Lynn Jenkins, the sponsor of the Audiology Patient Choice Act (H.R. 2519).

Legislator Contact Information If you have any questions, or need any assistance reaching out to your legislators, please contact ADA government affairs coordinator, Adam Haley at ahaley@audiologist.org, and he will be pleased to help.    
Volunteers Sought for New ADA Task Forces
ADA is seeking volunteers for the following new task forces:
  • Audiology Awareness Task Force
  • Online Education Task Force
  • Audiologist Assistant Resource Development Task Force
  • Young Professional Task Force
Please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski at sczuhajewski@audiologist.org for more information or to volunteer.    
Hearing is Believing at CES 2016
Attending the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) January 6-9, on behalf of ADA was an eye and ear opening experience. Between the manned drone and the roll-up TV screen, the Internet of Things and everything in between, we had the opportunity to touch, see and listen to products that are disrupting the status quo and changing paradigms in hearing health.

From innovative hearables to headsets that use bone conduction to transmit sound, to cutting edge ‘safe’ in-ear headphones, to the apps and batteries that drive them, CES 2016 offered up a plethora of technologies of interest to audiologists and their patients. We chose to highlight three of our favorites below.

ZPower Makes CES A-List with Innovation Award
We braved the crowds and made our way over to congratulate our friends at the ZPower booth! The company was recognized with a CES Innovation Award for the ZPower rechargeable silver-zinc (AgZN) battery technology and complete system, which allows that technology to be used in today’s popular hearing aids. Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting-edge tech products and services coming to market.

Jacoti Hearing Suite Also Reaps Innovation Award
One of our most interesting stops was the Jacoti exhibit. Another 2016 CES Innovation Award recipient, Jacoti strives to make advanced hearing technology universally available to everyone.

The Jacoti Hearing Suite is a set of cloud-enabled mobile applications (apps) that include FDA-registered self-testing and hearing aid apps, as well as a web service that allows an individual’s audio profile to be stored in the cloud, shared across devices and programmed remotely by hearing professionals.

In addition, consumer electronics manufacturers can license the IP-protected technologies that drive the Jacoti Hearing Suite (8 international patents, granted or pending). All Jacoti apps make use of off-the-shelf consumer hardware and are available for download on Apple iOS App Store. The Jacoti Hearing Suite and products like it will undoubtedly impact hearing healthcare delivery in the coming years.

Bragi Dash is a Runaway Hit
Our favorite CES product was the Bragi Dash. This wireless hearable has amazing sound quality, is waterproof, stores up to 1,000 songs and has a built-in fitness tracker. And, at only $299, we both plan to order a pair as soon as possible. On January 21st, Starkey Hearing Technologies announced a partnership with Bragi, which may mean even more innovations on the horizon.

CES hosted more than 170,000 attendees and 3,000 exhibitors. To put it in perspective, Cody and I walked an average of seven miles each day over three days and we did not see every exhibit!

We look forward to bringing you more information soon about companies that have products that will be useful to ADA members and their patients—and we are already looking forward to CES 2017!    
ADA 2016 Student Business Plan Competition Now Open!
Attention ADA Students—Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to create your own destiny? Does your future include private practice ownership?

If so, it’s time to get down to business and get your business plan ready for the ADA 2016 Business Plan Competition. This year’s competition will focus on creating a business plan for a start-up audiology practice of the future.

Letter of Intent to Participate in the 2016 ADA Student Business Plan Competition is due March 31st! Submit your intent form online today at www.audiologist.org/student-business-plan-letter-of-intent. Please take the following link for more information including instructional webinars and other resources: www.audiologist.org/ada-student-business-plan-rubric.

Finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the AuDacity Conference to be held November 10-12, 2016, at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, where they will present their business plans in person. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $5,000 ADA cash grant to be used to advance business objectives and enhance business and leadership skills.

Please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski for more information. Please note: All Au.D. students, attending accredited universities and who are ADA members in good standing are eligible to compete in the ADA 2016 Business Plan Competition.