Event Features Industry Thought Leaders
Minneapolis, July 13, 2009 - The successfully revived 2009 Jackson Hole Rendezvous, sponsored by Starkey Laboratories, Inc., took place last month with more than 70 industry leaders in attendance.
"The revitalized Jackson Hole Rendezvous was a successful meld of practical information and science," said Barry Freeman, Ph.D., Senior Director of Education & Audiology for Starkey. "We received excellent comments from participants about the quality and depth of the information presented."
The meeting opened with a discussion of the state of the hearing aid industry by Carole Rogin from the Hearing Industries Association. Catherine Palmer, Ph.D., from the University of Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute followed with a fascinating talk about telehealth and telemedicine. Chris Howes, Starkey Software Product Manager, gave a demonstration of Starkey's capabilities for fitting technology remotely. He also discussed the practical considerations when evaluating and fitting patients using telehealth strategies. Brent Edwards, Ph.D., Vice President of Research at Starkey rounded out the first day with a presentation focusing on the science of hearing and cognition.
The second day of the conference had a more clinical focus, featuring three speakers: Michael Valente, Ph.D., from Washington University discussed hearing aid fitting strategies for persons with unilateral hearing loss;Todd Ricketts, Ph.D., from Vanderbilt University shared information about directional hearing;and Amyn Amlani, Ph.D., from the University of North Texas, discussed elasticity in hearing aid prices and market penetration.
Time was left for discussion about the presented topics throughout the two days. The meeting wasn't all work;the participants enjoyed social events including a float down the Snake River, a Chuckwagon dinner and storytelling by Cowboy Audiologist, Jon Richins.
Starkey Laboratories, Inc. is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minn. The company is recognized for its innovative design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. Founded in 1967, Starkey currently employs over 3,500 people, operates 22 facilities and conducts business in more than 100 markets worldwide. For more information, visit www.starkeypro.com or the Starkey web channel on Audiology Online.