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Academy of Dispensing Audiologists (ADA)
Overview: The Academy of Dispensing Audiologists, founded in 1976, provides valuable resources to the private practitioner in audiology and to other audiology professionals who have responsibility for the concerns of quality patient care and business operation. Member benefits include a quarterly business-focused journal, online forums, and various practice management resources. ADA strives to be the leader in professional development, high ethical standards, career enhancement, practice improvement, and student outreach.

Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology (ARA)
Overview: The Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology (ARA) was founded in 1966 as a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and experience related to rehabilitative aspects of audiology and associated disciplines. Membership in ARA is open to professionals holding a graduate degree in audiology or speech-language pathology or in the education of persons with hearing impairment. Associate and student memberships also are available. Holds annual institute; contact ARA for date and location. A professional newsletter/bulletin, a directory, and books and monographs are available.

Alcatraz 100
Overview: On June 11, 1962, Frank Morris and the waters, Anglin brothers, Clarence and John, chipped through their cell walls, squeezed through a ventilation shaft to the roof, climbed down a drain pipe, scaled a 15-foot fence, entered the water wearing meager life preservers made from stolen rain coats and disappeared into the night forever, thereby attaining overnight and long-lasting notoriety. Isolated a mile and a half from San Francisco in frigid 50-degree, shark-infested escape is made even more daunting by the treacherous and choppy currents that race in and out of the Golden Gate at speeds that sometimes exceed 8 miles per hour, more than twice as fast as the quickest person can swim. To this day, controversy rages whether the trio made it or whether they drowned. What really happened is anyone's guess; authorities never found any bodies. Thirty-nine years later, on June 11 2001, Pedro Ordenes & Gary Emich became the first people ever to complete the Alcatraz Swim 100 times.

American Academy of Audiology (AAA)
Overview: The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) is a professional organization of individuals dedicated to providing quality hearing care to the public. The academy enhances the ability of its members to achieve career and practice objectives through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders and audiologic services. Holds annual convention; see AAA Web site for dates and location. Resources include a professional magazine and journal as well as professional computer software/assisted education. Online professional/consumer publications, an audiologist locator, and a professional membership directory also are available. Some Spanish materials are available.

American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Overview: The AASM is leading the effort to make sleep medicine an independent medical specialty. The Academy is establishing fellowship training programs, encouraging center accreditation and developing a sleep medicine academic unit to enhance the specialty field in order to achieve this goal.

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck
Overview: The nonprofit American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) strives to unite, serve, and represent the interests of ear, nose, and throat specialists and their patients to the public, government, other medical specialists, and related organizations. The AAO-HNS provides leaflets and geographic lists of physicians to the public at no charge. Holds annual meeting; contact AAO-HNS for date and location. AAO-HNS provides a professional bulletin, journal, and directory as well as books and other materials.

American Auditory Society (AAS)
Overview: The purpose of the American Auditory Society (AAS) is to increase knowledge and understanding of the ear, hearing, and balance; their disorders and how these may be prevented; and habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with hearing and balance dysfunction. AAS coordinates and disseminates information, particularly through regular meetings, sponsorships, and publication of a professional journal and newsletter and other informational materials. Holds annual meeting; contact AAS for date and location.

American Board of Sleep Medicine
Overview: The American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF) is a nonprofit organization. Its purposes are to promote, conduct, and furnish financial assistance for medical research into the causes, prevention, and cure of deafness, impaired hearing, and balance disorders; encourage the collaboration of clinical and laboratory research; encourage and improve teaching in the medical aspect of hearing problems; and disseminate the latest and most reliable scientific knowledge to physicians, hearing professionals, and the public. Professional/consumer publications are available, with some available online.

American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society (ALROS)
Overview: The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society (ALROS, and also known as the Triological Society) is an international society of otolaryngologists and head and neck surgeons. The society provides continuing education opportunities for its members through its meetings. Four section meetings and an annual meeting are held each year; contact the society for dates and locations.

American Otological Society (AOS)
Overview: The American Otological Society (AOS) is a professional organization with the missions of advancing and promoting medical and surgical otology, including the rehabilitation of hearing impairment and the encouragement and promotion of research in otology and related disciplines. Holds annual meeting; contact AOS for date and location.

American Sleep Apnea Association
Overview: The American Sleep Apnea Association was founded in 1990 as a nonprofit organization by persons with apnea and concerned health care providers and researchers.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Overview: The mission of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is to promote the interests of and provide the highest quality services for professionals in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities. Holds annual conference; contact ASHA for date and location. Professional brochures/pamphlets and professional/consumer online publications are available. Some Spanish materials are available.

American Tinnitus Association
Overview: The mission of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA) is to silence tinnitus through education, advocacy, research, and support. This nonprofit organization provides the latest information and resources to tinnitus patients, promotes tinnitus awareness to the general public and the medical community, and funds the nation's brightest tinnitus researchers. A consumer directory and professional/consumer fact sheets, consumer brochures/pamphlets, and professional/consumer online publications are available. Some Spanish materials are available.

Associated Professional Sleep Societies
Overview: The Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) was formed in 1986 as a federation of two sleep societies. The Sleep Research Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine sought to multiply their individual efforts by joining together for an annual meeting and a publication of a scientific journal, SLEEP.

Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)
Overview: The Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) is an international scientific society of researchers who investigate basic science and clinical problems associated with hearing, speech, balance, smell and taste, and diseases of the head and neck. ARO's goals are to encourage and promote both basic and clinical research in the broad field of otolaryngology and related areas, and to foster friendly assembly and stimulate scientific interest among its members. Holds mid-winter research meeting; contact ARO for date and location.

Better Hearing Institute (BHI)
Overview: The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is a nonprofit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it. BHI maintains a "Hearing Helpline" telephone service that provides information on hearing loss, sources of assistance, and other available hearing help to callers anywhere in the United States and Canada. The institute also publishes an annual study of issues related to hearing loss. BHI receives funding from the hearing aid industry to support its professional/consumer outreach efforts.

Deafness Research Foundation
Overview: The primary purpose of the Deafness Research Foundation (DRF) is to promote research into the causes, treatments, and prevention of deafness and other ear disorders. DRF is committed to making a lifetime of hearing health possible for all through the funding of quality research, public education, and advocacy. DRF launched the World Council on Hearing Health (WCHH) to put hearing health on the global agenda. The WCHH works on the platforms of detection, intervention, and research to ensure a lifetime of hearing health. A professional/consumer directory, fact sheets, brochures, and free earplugs are available.

Golden Gate Triathlon Club
Overview: The Golden Gate Triathlon Club was established in 1991 to support all levels of triathletes and duathletes in the Bay Area. The club has over 400 members currently. We offer weekly training swims, bike rides and runs throughout each year as well as meetings and socials. We also feature an awesome tri-newbie program called Tri-and-Give. See the "Programs" page for more information.

Holley Ear Institute (HEI)
Overview: The mission of the Holley Ear Institute (HEI), a nonprofit organization founded in 1993, is to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals by providing services and programs aimed at improving their quality of life. HEI volunteers screen newborn infants for deafness and hearing loss at St. John Hospital in Detroit, MI. HEI owns and operates the Holley Family Village, located in Brooklyn, MI, where HEI offers educational, recreational, and mental health programs for deaf, deaf-blind, and hard-of-hearing children, adults, and their families. HEI offers American Sign Language classes.

KN Production: Hearing Conservation OSHA Training
Overview: Produces quality, reasonably priced hearing conservation training films, "It's A Noisy World...", "Noise Destroys Your Hearing" and "Always Protect Your Hearing!".

Laryngology NYC | Voice Sinus Surgery NYC
Laryngology NYC | Voice Sinus Surgery NYC
Overview: New York Otolaryngology group speciializes in the treatment and surgery for the sinus, ear, eye, nose and throat as well as reconstructive and cosmetic facial surgery.

Mayo Clinic: Swimmer's Ear
Overview: Swimmer's ear is an infection of your outer ear and ear canal. It can be associated with a middle ear infection (otitis media) when the eardrum ruptures.

Medline Plus Medica Encyclopedia: Swimmer's Ear
Overview: Swimmer's ear is an inflammation, irritation, or infection of the outer ear and ear canal.

National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)
Overview: The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), an association of hearing conservation professionals, is dedicated to preventing hearing loss caused by noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. NHCA promotes professional development by improving its members' skills and practices, providing education and encouraging research, stimulating information exchange and distribution, promoting development of improved and more effective occupational hearing conservation programs, and participating in standards and regulatory activities. Holds annual conference; contact NHCA for date and location.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Overview: Ménière's disease is an abnormality of the inner ear causing a host of symptoms, including vertigo or severe dizziness, tinnitus or a roaring sound in the ears, fluctuating hearing loss, and the sensation of pressure or pain in the affected ear. The disorder usually affects only one ear and is a common cause of hearing loss.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Overview: Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is one of the most common workplace diseases and the second most self-reported occupational illness or injury. Industries with high numbers of exposed workers include agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing and utilities, transportation, and the military. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts a vigorous research and prevention program to assist employers and workers in protecting workers' hearing. Together with the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, NIOSH sponsors WISE EARS!®, a national public education campaign to prevent NIHL. Professional and consumer newsletters, fact sheets, brochures, and other resources are available in print and online.
Overview: Featuring clear descriptions of sleep disorders and treatments, the site also provides current news and helpful hints to further educate online visitors. A searchable listing of accredited AASM-member sleep centers is a trusted resource that will assist the public in finding local practitioners of sleep medicine.

Sleep Research Society
Overview: The Sleep Research Society fosters scientific investigation, professional education and career development in sleep research and academic medicine.

South End Rowing Club
Overview: The South End Rowing Club of San Francisco is an institution in our city. We are oldest of the clubs founded solely for the purpose of rowing. Shortly after the club opened we expanded to include swimming, handball, and running as club sponsored sports.

The Hyeracusis Network
Overview: The Hyperacusis Network is an international support group established to care for individuals with collapsed tolerance to sound. The network helps educate the medical community and families about this rare auditory disorder by sharing ways to cope, providing advice on how to secure disability assistance, and reporting on current research and treatment options. Membership is free. Professional/consumer newsletter, directory, fact sheets, brochures/pamphlets, and online publications are available.

U.S. Department of Labor: OSHA's Safety and Health
Overview: Every year, approximately 30 million people in the United States are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise. Fortunately, the incidence of noise-induced hearing loss can be reduced or eliminated through the successful application of engineering controls and hearing conservation programs. To prevent hearing loss wear earplugs in enviroments where there is repeated exposures of loud noise.

Water World Swim
Overview: Our founder, Pedro H. Ordenes, is known around the world for his challenging, record-breaking swims. Pedro holds the world record for Alcatraz swim crossings (currently 340!). He is also the only person to have completed a round trip crossing of the Beagle Channel between Chile and Argentina, in water temperatures averaging 39. And in 1999, Pedro swam across the Strait of Magellan in 39.7 waters to celebrate the new millennia. In 1990, Pedro brought his passion and expertise to the Bay Area by founding WaterWorldSwim. His mission was simple: to help swimmers make the transition from pool to open water, and to inspire a love and enthusiasm for the sport.