FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 3, 2014
Director of Marketing and Events
Hearing Loss Association of America
Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and assistant professor in gerontology at Johns Hopkins Medicine, will receive the James B. Snow, Jr., M.D. Award. Dr. Lin will receive the award June 26 during the Opening Session featuring keynote speaker and renowned composer, Richard Einhorn.
The Snow award was created in 1997 to honor the contributions of James B. Snow, Jr., M.D., toward furthering scientific research in the field of hearing loss. Dr. Snow was the first director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Lin will receive the award for his commitment to research on hearing loss and how it impacts people as they age. His research is focused on studying the interface between hearing loss and aging. In particular, Dr. Lin has established multiple collaborations with gerontologists, cognitive scientists, epidemiologists, and auditory scientists who form the basis for his current research program studying the impact of hearing loss on the cognitive and physical functioning of older adults and the potential role of aural rehabilitative strategies in mitigating these effects. More can be found on Dr. Lin's research website.
HLAA Executive Director Anna Gilmore Hall said, “Dr. Lin’s research validates and verifies the importance of good hearing for people of all ages, particularly for older people. He is drawing attention to the impact of hearing loss and aging as well as follow-up aural rehabilitation. We are pleased to give Dr. Lin this prestigious award.”
HLAA Convention 2014 takes place in Austin, Texas, June 26-29. Awards will be presented either at the Opening Session on June 26, sponsored by InnoCaption, at the Fiesta Banquet on June 28, sponsored by Contacta, or on Sunday, June 29, at the Awards Breakfast and Ceremony, sponsored by CapTel Captioned Telephone.
HLAA National Access Award
This award will be presented at the Opening Session to the Consumer Electronics Association, Gary Shapiro, president and CEO accepting, for CEA’s leadership in accessible technology solutions for people with hearing loss.
Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award
This award will be presented to Wayne L. Roorda, former Board of Trustee, at the Fiesta Banquet for his personal exemplification of the philosophy of Founder Rocky Stone and contributions to the success of the organization.
HLAA Outstanding Employer Award
This award will be presented to DuPont Displays, Inc. (Santa Barbara, California), at the Awards Breakfast and Ceremony for creating a workplace where people with hearing loss can live up to their career potential.
HLAA will also honor individuals, HLAA Chapters and State Organizations at the Awards Breakfast and Ceremony, for their hard work and dedication. View a list of all the award recipients.
Come to Texas! Get a Free Exhibit Hall Pass
HLAA holds annual conventions for consumers with hearing loss, all in a communication- accessible setting. The program includes workshops and an Exhibit Hall and Trade Show with the latest in technology, products and services for people with hearing loss.
This year the HLAA Convention is at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. If you live in the area, stop by and get a free pass to the Exhibit Hall. If you would like to register for the full convention or for the day, onsite registrations will be accepted. Visit the Convention page for more information about HLAA Convention 2014.