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May 3rd is Good Vibrations Day | Bone Anchored Awareness Day Press Release

April 22, 2024 Somerset, NJ.  Oticon Medical will celebrate the fourth annual Good Vibrations Day/Bone Anchored Awareness Day on May 3rd, 2024. This non-branded occasion was developed to raise awareness of bone conduction as an effective hearing treatment alternative for those with conductive, mixed, or single-sided hearing losses. Participation is open to all bone conduction device manufacturers, audiology professionals, and wearers with the goal of raising awareness of this treatment and celebrating its benefits worldwide.

Why May 3rd?

The May 3rd date was chosen because it is the birthday of Per-Ingvar Brånemark, a Swedish physician and research professor known as the father of osseointegration, and the godfather of bone anchored hearing. His discoveries enabled the development of modern bone conduction hearing devices.

Wearers are encouraged to share video clips, photos, and stories depicting their lives with a bone anchored hearing system. Hearing care professionals are also invited to share their experiences fitting the devices and the benefits their patients have enjoyed.

“I think a bone anchored hearing system supports an individual’s listening experience by simply giving them access to language and the sound in their environment,” said Educational Audiologist Elaine McCarty. “Being able to know what’s happening in their environment, connecting with other people, I think it’s a big one. Bringing that oomph to their system with the use of a tool like the bone anchored hearing system to give them better access to that.”

How Bone Conduction Works

Bone conduction hearing systems treat hearing loss by bypassing missing or damaged portions of the wearer’s outer or middle ear and sending vibrations via the skull directly into the cochlea. From there, they are processed by the brain as sound. More than 400,000 people around the world use some form of a bone conduction hearing device and have benefited from the treatment.

A Global, Nonbranded Day of Celebration

Leading up to and including May 3rd, Oticon Medical invites all bone conduction device manufacturers to join them in celebrating Good Vibrations Day, along with wearers, parents and caregivers to wearers, and hearing care professionals. Activities can include sharing experiences, information, and videos and photos from wearers, holding contests, and more across various social media platforms.

“As we mark our fourth year celebrating Good Vibrations Day,” René Govaerts, General Manager at Oticon Medical, affirms, “our dedication to the importance of sound remains unwavering. This momentous occasion has served as a significant day for raising awareness about the remarkable benefits of bone conduction. Given that many people around the world are still unaware of bone anchored hearing systems as a viable solution for their hearing loss, it’s imperative that we work to change this. Oticon Medical remains committed to advancing our collaborative efforts with other manufacturers, hearing care professionals, and current wearers to ensure that the transformative capability of bone conduction reaches all those in need.”

Good Vibrations Day posts, stories, tweets, reels, etc. can be shared by all using the #GoodVibrations and #BoneAnchoredHearing hashtags. They can also be viewed and shared via the official Good Vibrations Day Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/boneanchoredhearing. Hearing care professionals and wearers alike are encouraged to join this Facebook Page.

More information can be found at www.oticonmedical.com/us

Congratulations to the 2023 OSSEO Student Investigator Scholarship Winners

We are delighted to announce that three of our investigator-initiated research collaborators have been awarded the prestigious Student Investigator and Early Career Scholarships sponsored by the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

These scholarships are awarded annually to the top-scoring abstract submissions made by medical, doctoral, residents, and post-doctoral students and those early in their careers (up to five years post-education). This year’s scholarships include free registration to the 8th International Congress on Bone Conduction Hearing and Related Technologies (most commonly referred to as OSSEO) and special program recognitions.

Please join us in congratulating our winning collaborators for 2023!

Student Investigator Scholarship

This scholarship was awarded to the ten best-scoring student abstract submitters. Nicole Jiam, MD of Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School was one of the winners for her topic, Music Perception in Bone Anchored Hearing Implant Users.

 

 

Another winner was Ph.D candidate Marsel Ganeyev, along with co-authors Maria Hoffman, Anders Palmquist, Peter Thomsen, Martin L. Johanssson, and Margarita Trobos. Their topic is the Characterization of Staphylococcal Clinical Isolates Obtained from the Bone Anchored Hearing System and Relation to Clinical Outcome. This work was performed in collaboration with Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden and the Department of Biomaterials, University of Gothenburg, in Sweden.

Early Career Scholarship

This scholarship was awarded to the six best-scoring early career abstract submitters. Marsadi Layne Parliament, Au.D was awarded for her topic, Pilot Study of Patients Who Do or Could Utilize a Bone Anchored Hearing Implant (BAHI): Preliminary Review of Cognition & Hearing Performance.

About the OSSEO Conference

The 2023 OSSEO Conference will be hosted by the Colorado School of Medicine from Sept. 6 to Sept. 9, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. It is considered the most important conference in the field of bone conduction implant research. Oticon Medical will hold a reception and special educational showcase event featuring our latest product developments. We look forward to participating and interacting with bone anchored hearing professionals throughout the event.