AURORA, Neb., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hamilton CapTel® presents two panel discussions entitled, "A Holistic Approach To Hearing Healthcare for Veterans" at the VFW National Convention in Reno, NV on July 21, 2012. The panel discussion is at 9:00 am and again at 11:00 am in the Reno Sparks Convention Center.
According to the Government Accounting Office (GAO), hearing loss and hearing-related conditions are among the most common claims received by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2009, annual hearing loss-related compensation exceeded $1.1 billion.
"The challenge is that hearing aids are often regarded as the primary solution for those with hearing loss," says Kelly Wacker, Au.D., Audiology Clinic Coordinator, University of Nebraska. "What must be considered are the lifestyle and communication needs of each individual – how they live, work, play and communicate."
Oftentimes a single solution, such as a hearing aid, is not all a veteran with hearing loss needs to enjoy an enriched, fulfilling life. Conversing in a crowded room may require a different solution than engaging in a meaningful telephone conversation. Similarly, enjoying an evening at the theater may require a different solution than a meeting at the office or dining with family in a restaurant or at home.
Hamilton CapTel Director of Marketing, Anne Girard, says the number of dedicated veterans returning home with hearing loss is something that cannot and should not be overlooked. "In many cases, a veteran's hearing loss is a direct result of their service," says Ms. Girard. "That service is spent helping us. So Hamilton CapTel is deeply committed to exploring every possible way to help them in return. That's what discussions like these are all about."
"A Holistic Approach to Hearing Healthcare for Veterans" presents a panel of both veterans and leading hearing healthcare professionals in a lively and informative discussion that includes inspiring and personal hearing loss journeys.
Panelists for both sessions include:
- LT Allen M. Ford, USA (Ret.) Assistant Professor of NTID Business Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY; Leader, RIT / NTID Veterans with Hearing Loss Program
- Col Douglas K. Holmes, MD, FACS, USAF (Ret.) MC and Owner / Surgeon, ENT & Audiology Associates, PLCC, Raleigh, NC
- Kelly Wacker, Au.D., Assistant Professor of Practice / Audiology Clinic Coordinator, University of Nebraska Lincoln Barkley Memorial Center
- Donald Doherty, a 20-year Marine veteran, is an Education Specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Chaplain Training Center in Hampton, VA
- CPT Mark Brogan, USA (Ret.) is an Iraq war veteran who is a National Hearing Loss Advocate for Veterans and Civilians
- MSG Bobby S. Ehrig, USA (Ret.) is a Bronze Star and Purple Heart Recipient who retired from the U.S. Army
- Elizabeth LeBarron, National States and Chapters Coordinator, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
- CAPT Kent Ewing, USN (Ret.) Chief Pilot, High Performance Aircraft Training and President of Beechcraft Professional Pilot Program
About Hamilton CapTel
Hamilton CapTel is a service of Hamilton Relay, a division of Hamilton Telecommunications, a diversified communications and technology services provider based in Aurora, Neb. Founded in 1901, Hamilton Telecommunications has grown to encompass seven primary company divisions allowing Hamilton to operate on a local, regional and national basis.
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