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Rady Children's Hospital to Offer Assistive Technology Workshop for Teens-Parents

San Diego, CA. March 1, 2010 - An upcoming workshop at Rady Children’s Hospital - San Diego will focus on familiarizing teens with cochlear implants and their families with the wide array of assistive technology available.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 and is part of the hospital’s 2010 Cochlear Implant Parent Workshop Series. Entitled, Are you Connected? Assistive Listening Devices and Your Cochlear Implant, this session will feature an educational component about assistive technology as well as a hands-on component with hearing assistance equipment. The workshop will be conducted in English with Spanish translation.

Alyssa Needleman, Ph.D., Audiology Manager at Rady Children’s stated, “This workshop is designed to cover the range of assistive technology available for people with cochlear implants, from devices that make speaking on the telephone easier, to safety equipment such as smoke detectors, to FM systems and multi-alert pagers, and more. The hands-on approach really facilitates learning and interaction, and it’s not uncommon that the participants learn tips and strategies from one another as well as from the audiology staff presenting the workshop. We’re looking forward to an informative, dynamic session”.

Audiologist Michelle Hu, Au.D., CCC-A, states, “Teens with cochlear implants want to be independent, but may still rely on their parents and families to assist with some daily tasks such as waking up in the morning. They may not be aware of all the technology out there that can foster independence, accessibility and that can just make things easier and more convenient.” Dr. Hu is an audiologist at Rady Children’s and one of the facilitators of the workshop. She uses a cochlear implant herself and has personal experience with many of the assistive technologies that will be covered in the workshop.

Oaktree Products, Inc. a leading multi-line distributor of audiology and hearing aid supplies, accessories and equipment, donated some of the equipment that will be included in the workshop. Oaktree’s Vice President, A.U. Bankaitis, Ph.D. stated, “The best way to learn about the life-changing technology available to people who use cochlear implants is by practical, hands-on demonstration. Alyssa, Michelle and the Rady Children’s audiology staff are knowledgeable about the latest technology, as well as passionate and enthused about sharing the information. This is a great opportunity for teens with cochlear implants and their families to learn about products that can make a difference at home, in school, at work and during leisure activities.”

More information about the upcoming workshop can be found here.

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