Signia held the third National Kids and Teens meeting on March 7-9, 2016 in its Piscataway, NJ headquarters. This year’s theme was empowering and advocating for kids and teens with hearing loss. Presenters provided practical and educational information to help hearing care professionals serve their older pediatric patients. Attendees also received a preview of the new primax™ product platform.
Attendees spent the first day building “Jolene” mannequins. Jolene is a device for measuring sound levels of personal stereo systems, and consists of a fashion mannequin and a sound level meter wired to “her” silicon ear.
The next morning consisted of several informative sessions, including:
- Marketing Signia products for kids and teens
- An update on the hearing aid industry
- Understanding listening behaviors of youngsters
- App resources available for therapy and teaching
- Helping kids adjust to life with hearing loss through creativity
Later that afternoon, breakout sessions were held on fashioning custom earmolds, how to organize support groups for patients, and wireless accessories and apps. A factory tour was also provided.
The final day consisted of sessions on how to teach kids to take personal responsibility for their hearing care, a comprehensive overview of Signia products for active kids and teens, and a hands-on demonstration of Signia software.
“We had a really great group of people in attendance,” said Donna Grant, AuD, Manager, Kids & Teens Program. “Their feedback on the sessions were very positive. They felt like they got a lot of this year’s program.”