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Bob Pole

Co-founder, hearOclub
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Bob has worked in the battery and consumer products industry for over 20 years. Through focus groups, he learned elders who wear hearing aids would go days, and in many...Bob has worked in the battery and consumer products industry for over 20 years. Through focus groups, he learned elders who wear hearing aids would go days, and in many cases weeks, without hearing while they wait for family members to drop off batteries. He took his experience in the battery business and co-founded hearOclub to provide a steady supply of batteries to anyone with a hearing aid or cochlear... Read More >

Brad Ingrao, Au.D.

Assistant Professor of Audiology, Nova Southeastern University
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Brad Ingrao, Au.D. has been in clinical practice since 1992 in a variety of settings including academia, private practice, educational audiology, the VA and the hearing aid industry. He specializes...Brad Ingrao, Au.D. has been in clinical practice since 1992 in a variety of settings including academia, private practice, educational audiology, the VA and the hearing aid industry. He specializes in severe to profound hearing loss, including cochlear implants, musicians with hearing loss and hearing assistive technologies. He has presented at professional and consumer conferences in 48 states, and six countries in both English and American Sign Language.  He is... Read More >

Brenda Battat, MS, MCSP

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Brenda Battat, MS, MCSP is a former executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). She worked at HLAA for 20 years in a variety of positions including acting...Brenda Battat, MS, MCSP is a former executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). She worked at HLAA for 20 years in a variety of positions including acting executive director, deputy executive director, and director of public policy and state development. Ms. Brenda Battat has a profound hearing loss and uses a cochlear implant and hearing aid for better hearing. She has a master’s degree in counseling from... Read More >

Carolyn Ginsburg Stern, MBA

Assistant Director of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives, Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC)
Carolyn Stern

Carolyn Ginsburg Stern, MBA, is the assistant director of outreach and strategic initiatives at the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), a not-for-profit hearing rehabilitation center based in New York...Carolyn Ginsburg Stern, MBA, is the assistant director of outreach and strategic initiatives at the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), a not-for-profit hearing rehabilitation center based in New York City. As a bilateral cochlear implant user, she helps others hear and connect better with tips, technical information and support and is passionate about the role of healthy hearing in helping people lead productive and connected lives. She is a... Read More >

Christine Cassel, M.D.

President and CEO, National Quality Forum
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A pioneering woman in health care, Christine Cassel, M.D. is President and CEO of National Quality Forum, a nonprofit organization working to improve health and healthcare for all Americans through...A pioneering woman in health care, Christine Cassel, M.D. is President and CEO of National Quality Forum, a nonprofit organization working to improve health and healthcare for all Americans through quality measurements. She was the first woman chair at the American Board of Internal Medicine, first woman president of the American College of Physicians, and the first woman dean of Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Cassel is also one... Read More >

Chuck Conaty

Business Development Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
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Chuck Conaty joined ODEP in December 2002 and currently oversees contracts that support ODEP’s communications and outreach activities as well as coordinates key ODEP alliances. Chuck also manages ODEP’s online...Chuck Conaty joined ODEP in December 2002 and currently oversees contracts that support ODEP’s communications and outreach activities as well as coordinates key ODEP alliances. Chuck also manages ODEP’s online clearinghouse to fulfill customer requests for disability-related materials and gathers and analyzes ODEP outreach data. Before joining ODEP in December 2002, Chuck held executive and senior positions with large public and small private and public companies both domestically and internationally,... Read More >

Cliff Olson, Au.D.

Cliff Olson, Au.D.

Dr. Cliff Olson is a board-certified audiologist and holds his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology,...Dr. Cliff Olson is a board-certified audiologist and holds his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Cliff Olson is the founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Phoenix Arizona. Dr. Cliff Olson enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2001 and during his boot camp training,... Read More >

Craig Buchman, M.D.

Lindburg Professor and Head, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
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Craig A. Buchman, M.D., is a world-renowned cochlear implant surgeon with broad research achievements in the field of hearing loss and rehabilitation. He recently chaired an international panel of 31...Craig A. Buchman, M.D., is a world-renowned cochlear implant surgeon with broad research achievements in the field of hearing loss and rehabilitation. He recently chaired an international panel of 31 cochlear implant experts that conducted the first Delphi Consensus process to establish minimum standards of care for adults with severe to profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Dr. Buchman is the lead author of the International Consensus Paper on Cochlear Implant... Read More >

David Baldridge, BGS, MBA, Ph.D.

Professor, Oregon State University
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David C. Baldridge, BGS, MBA, Ph.D. is a deafened, bilateral cochlear implant user who has had hearing loss since early childhood. As a professor at Oregon State University and NTID...David C. Baldridge, BGS, MBA, Ph.D. is a deafened, bilateral cochlear implant user who has had hearing loss since early childhood. As a professor at Oregon State University and NTID research associate at Rochester Institute for Technology, he has studied the workplace experiences of people with hearing loss. David has accumulated nearly 20 years of research experience in this domain. He presented this body of work around the world including... Read More >

David Andreaggi, Au.D.

Staff Audiolgist, Long Beach VA
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Dr. David Andreaggi graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received his doctor of audiology degree from Towson University. He performed his 4th year externship at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s...Dr. David Andreaggi graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received his doctor of audiology degree from Towson University. He performed his 4th year externship at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s Cochlear Implant Center as well as at a local private practice. Dave currently works as a staff audiologist at the Long Beach VA with special interest in redesigning workflow in order to not only maximize patient access, but also create... Read More >