Our January speaker was Erin Carter, Museum Educator and Training Specialist at The Ringling Museum. She spoke first about the current programs and exhibitions at Ringling. She trains 120 docent volunteers, and she addressed how Ringling serves the deaf and hard of hearing, the blind, and the disabled through the museum’s accessibility programs.

During the past year, our Chapter has invited representatives of the three FDA-approved implantable device manufacturers to present updates on the latest technological developments in the field. This information has been of interest not only to members considering cochlear or bone-anchored implants, but to those who already have them, but may want to update their external processors.

Concluding this series was our February 12 chapter speaker, Cristina Costas, a Florida-based bilingual Engagement Manager for Cochlear Americas, who provides awareness, support, and resources to recipients and candidates considering varied implantable hearing solutions. Cristina brought us information on her company’s new Osia system, designed to meet the needs of patients with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss and single-sided deafness (SSD). She announced that a Sarasota surgeon, Dr. Jack Wazen, recently performed the first implant surgery in the state of Florida to utilize this device.