OtiCongress 2018 combines professional development and humanitarian good works


Oticongress 2018

OtiCongress 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska, created a unique platform for hearing care professionals to combine professional development with the opportunity to put their professional expertise to work to benefit Native Alaskan children and adults.

More than 100 US hearing care professionals participated in the week-long event from August 8 to 16 that combined educational sessions on the latest hearing healthcare research, technology and trends with a series of humanitarian missions to rural communities in southwest Alaska.

“OtiCongress offers hearing care professionals a chance to exchange their latest ideas and knowledge about the practice of hearing care and at the same time, donate their time and talents to provide sustainable hearing care to underserved populations,” said Oticon President Gary Rosenblum. “Humanitarian outreach has become a core component of OtiCongress, taking us to impoverished villages in Fiji, mountain outposts in Argentina, and this year, supporting hearing healthcare delivery to rural Native Alaskan communities. Whatever the location, it is always gratifying to experience the level of commitment and compassion OtiCongress participants bring to these life-changing missions.”

For the OtiCongress 2018 humanitarian missions, Oticon partnered with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC), a Tribal Organization that administers a comprehensive healthcare delivery system for 58 rural communities in southwest Alaska. Hearing care professionals attending OtiCongress who received a temporary license to practice in Alaska volunteered for a series of missions to support YKHC in delivering sustainable hearing care and hearing aids to adults and children. The volunteers provided hearing tests to more than 250 patients and fit nearly 150 hearing aids donated by the non-profit Oticon Hearing Foundation.

Source: Oticon US