Your Rotarians for Hearing RAG Member Benefits include:

International Humanitarian Hearing Aid Purchasing Program (IHHAPP) www.ihhapp.org

IHAPP provides new hgh-quality, behind the ear (BTE) digital hearing aids to qualified Humanitarian Programs and Not for Profit Organizations with long term relationships with their clients/recipients. These very affordable hearing aids can be easily adjusted without additional equipment and are available for a wide range of hearing loss severity. They are not intended to be sold for profit or to compete with existing hearing aid dstribution networks. Potential applicants complete an application for approval in this program. For more information, 

Email: Information@ihhapp.org    

 


  Harris Communications | 30 Years of Products for Deafness and Hearing Loss * Free Guide on Using Assistive Technology to help with Hearing Loss and a product catalogue can be downloaded from   www.harriscomm.com website

Harris Communications  offers a 20% Discount on Regularly Priced Items (non-sale items). When ordering use Code RFH20 under promotions or special offers.


 www.mdhearing.com

 MDHearingAid - The Doctor's Choice for Affordable Hearing Aids

 MDHearing Aids - Doctor Designed, Audiologist Tested, FDA Riegistered for mild, moderate and moderate severe loss,

offers a 5% discount using the code ROTARY when orders are placed.

 


Affordable Hearing Aids | Embrace Hearing  



Embrace Hearing provides affordable behind the ear hearing aids for mild and moderate hearing loss at a 5% discount using the code RAG2013

www.embracehearing.com

 


 

Audicus Hearing Aids

AUDICUS Quality Hearing Aids. Direct. offers a 5% Discounts on all its hearing aids. When ordering, use Code RFH2013 for up to $75.00 off.

www.audicus.com


 



*Discounts on Affordable Hearing Aids and Audiometers from Solar Ear. 

Solar Ear Hearing Aids can be powered by rechargeable hearing aid batteries powered by the sun or use traditional hearing aid  batteries.

Rotarians for Hearing RAG members and supporters get a 40% discount, 2 extra batteries with each solar charger when you buy a kit (hearing aid solar charger and now 4 rechargeable batteries) and for group projects especially, help with fitting hearing aids and 3% free goods so if a hearing aid breaks or is broken, it can be immediately replaced). Solar Ear ships anywhere in the world.

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* Access to Information on Living with Hearing Loss. Articles linked from Hearing Loss Websites, You Tube, Hearing Loss Organizations that supply information to cope with hearing loss

* Member access to Discussions on Hearing Loss and Rotary Club Projects on Linked in , Facebook and RI Discussion Groups (log in to ROTARY.ORG/MYROTARY to join Rotary community of leaders to exchange ideas and take action at home and around the world.)

 


 

Name: Robert Fuhrman

Rotary Club and Country: Rotary Club of Potomac-Bethesda,
Maryland, U.S.A.

Email: bob_fuhrman@msn.com

Professional Credentials: MBA with undergraduate training in economics.

Positions held within Rotary: served as (1) Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Potomac-Bethesda in 2014-2015, and (2) as President of that Club for both 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.

Collect and disburse donated funds through the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Foundation, a USA 501(c)3 non profit organization.

Area of Expertise: Served as a government economist (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1977-1983); director of finance and administration of a major trade association (1983-1986); and economic and financial consultant/testifying expert witness in litigated environmental cases (1987-present).

Rotary Affiliated Projects:

1. In 2015, wrote Rotary District 7620 Grant application titled "Prevention of Hearing Loss Among Nepalese Children Through Surgeries." Total dollar value of the approved project: $3,700, which included a grant of $1,125 from Rotary District 7620. Thirty ear surgeries were performed by ear, nose, and throat surgeons who volunteer their services through Ear Care Nepal, a nongovernmental organization. The funds were administered by the Rotary Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town. The surgeries were performed between July and early November 2015.
2. In 2016, wrote application for Global Grant #1637950, "Preventing Hearing Loss Among Nepalese Children Through Ear Surgeries and Primary Ear Care Education." Current projected budget: $42,836. As part of this effort, the cooperating nongovernmental organization, Ear Care Nepal, will provide ear screening to 5,000 school age children in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal and will perform ear surgeries on 100 school-age children in the Kathmandu Valley to help these individuals either recover or preserve their hearing, as the case may dictate. These funds will be administered by a "Host Committee" in the Rotary Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town and subject to oversight by the Rotary Club of Potomac-Bethesda.

Any additional donations to the Global Grant received prior to May 1, 2016 (or later, if still possible) will be included in this grant. These additional funds will primarily be used for increasing the number of ear surgeries performed pursuant to this grant. The ear surgeries, primarily myringoplasties and tympanoplasties, will be performed for an average cost of $183 per surgery.

If approved as proposed, the Global Grant will fund 100 ear surgeries; provide approximately $20,000 in donated medical equipment; pay the salary of a "Community Ear Assistant" for one year; pay for printing ear educational materials and providing gasoline for a medical vehicle used in achieving the goals of this Global Grant; and provide a contingency fund to provide possible coverage for unanticipated costs.

Articles and Links to additional information:

Highlights of Global Grant Project 3.13.2016
article by Dr. Maharjan published in January 2016 in the Rotary District 7620 Foundation Newsletter
article published in January 2016 in the Rotary District 7620 Newsletter
Global Grant Record, 3.13,2016.


Name: Dr Elaine Saunders

Rotary Club and Country: Rotary Club of Melbourne, Australia

Email: elaine.saunders@blameysaunders.com.au

Professional Credentials:
BSc(Hons), MSc (clinical Audiology), PhD, Grad Dip Mgt (technology), Graduate, Institute Company Directors,
Managing Director, Blamey Saunders hears; Adjunct Professor Swinburne University
Paul Harris Fellow (services for work in hearing)
Member Audiology Australia

Positions Held Within Rotary:
- Immediate past chair Health Issues Committee
- Member Health and Ageing Committee
- Project leader; hearing projects
- Past President Rotary Club South Yarra

Area of Expertise: Hearing technologies, audiology, service planning, author and public speaker

Rotary Affiliated Projects:
Support for the NFP Better Hearing (http://www.betterhearing.org.au/)
Supporting Rotary Club of Toorak with the project Recycled Sound (http://www.recycledsound.org.au/): our support comes in two forms
1. Providing collection for the hearing aid bank, and servicing hearing aids
2. Fundraising for Better Hearing, through book sales.
3. Public speaking and awareness raising about issues related to hearing loss to clubs and organisation across Australia.

About to initiate at least one more hearing project

Links to Articles and Additional Information:
Public Profile
https://au.linkedin.com/in/elainesaunderslink


Name: Brigitte Cummings

Rotary Club and Country: RC of BayanZurkh 100, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Email: ubcummings@gmail.com

Professional Credentials: Educated in Germany, and spent her early years working and studying abroad, such as a year in England, where she obtained Diploma of Proficiency from Cambridge University, then in Florence, Italy, received the Diploma of Proficiency ot Italian, worked a year in Greece in the tourist industry and studied Greek, and spent many years back in Germany studying French and Spanish She then moved to New York City, worked as interpreter and multi lingual secretary, and took courses in computer technology, and upon completion joined IBM as programmer, and later became systems analyst for a division of General Dynamics. When her family moved to Hong Kong, she learned about semiconductor equipment and products and together with her husband ran a marketing company that covered most of South East Asian countries - and she acquired some knowledge of Japanese, Cantonese and Mandarin. After the death of her husband, and her children studying overseas, she took on the challenge of running a bakery and cafe in Mongolia and stayed there for 18 years. She is now moving back to Hong Kong to resume running her manufacturing representative operation.

Positions Held Within Rotary:. Club Secretary at RC of Ulaanbaatar, Charter president of RC of BayanZurkh100, and some years later, President, Club Secretary

Area of Expertise: many and none

Rotary Affiliated Projects: Joined Rotary in the first and only Rotary Club in Mongolia, the RC of Ulaanbaatar. In 2004 became charter president of the second English speaking club, the RC of BayanZurkh100, where she served twice as president, and many intervening years as Club Secretary. She attended 11 international conventions, and worked hard at finding and working with overseas clubs to cooperate and assist in bringing relief to the many areas in Mongolia where help was needed, such as education, water, hospitals, prisoner care, and for underprivileged children, such as orphanages, support of handicapped children, teaching the hearing impaired, etc


Name: Nischal Pandey

Rotary Club and Country: Rotary E-Club of District 3170, India

Email: nischal@acmehealthcare.com

Professional Credentials: M.Ch.(CTVS)

Positions Held Within Rotary:

- President (2015-16)
- Secretary (2014-15)
- TRF Cadre Technical Advisor (2014-17)

Area of Expertise: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery & Cardiac Rehabilitation

Rotary Affiliated Projects:

- Gift of Life Program
- Literacy and Toilet Block Projects
- Support to Part Time Schools
- Vocational Training for girls- Stitching
- Travel to different countries as Cadre Technical Adviser to assist Rotary Clubs with health related projects

Links to Articles and Additional Information:

www.giftoflife.in

 


 

 

Dr. Gene W. Bukowski, Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Bukowski was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
He obtained a bachelor of science and master of science degree from the University of
Wisconsin in Madison, and a doctor of audiology degree from Arizona School of Health
Sciences in Mesa.
Dr. Bukowski worked at the Milwaukee County Medical Complex before moving to Helena in
1977 where he worked for the Easter Seal Society as an audiologist serving rural schools.
He married his wife, Cindy, in Helena in 1980. They moved to Billings in 1982 and have two
grown children. With Easter Seals, he worked at School District 2, Eastern Montana College
and started an industrial hearing program. Dr. Bukowski began a private practice in 1984. He
evaluates hearing and fits hearing aids. Dr. Bukowski has monthly clinics at Hardin, Columbus,
Roundup and Red Lodge. He also provides industrial audiology services and training classes
at St. Vincent Hospital and Billings Clinic annually. In the last nine years he has been on four
missions trips to the Philippines with Faith Chapel and two to Slovakia, and one to El Salvador
with Provision International evaluating hearing and fitting hearing aids. His most recent mission
was to Guatemala on July 16.

 

Dr. Gene W. Bukowski, Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Bukowski was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

He obtained a bachelor of science and master of science degree from the University ofWisconsin in Madison, and a doctor of audiology degree from Arizona School of HealthSciences in Mesa.

Dr. Bukowski worked at the Milwaukee County Medical Complex before moving to Helena in1977 where he worked for the Easter Seal Society as an audiologist serving rural schools.He married his wife, Cindy, in Helena in 1980. They moved to Billings in 1982 and have twogrown children. With Easter Seals, he worked at School District 2, Eastern Montana Collegeand started an industrial hearing program. Dr. Bukowski began a private practice in 1984. Heevaluates hearing and fits hearing aids. Dr. Bukowski has monthly clinics at Hardin, Columbus,Roundup and Red Lodge. He also provides industrial audiology services and training classesat St. Vincent Hospital and Billings Clinic annually. In the last nine years he has been on fourmissions trips to the Philippines with Faith Chapel and two to Slovakia, and one to El Salvadorwith Provision International evaluating hearing and fitting hearing aids. His most recent missionwas to Guatemala on July 16.