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Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino, and State Rep. Scibak Welcome IHS to Boston for the 60 th Annual Convention & Expo this September

LIVONIA, MI – August 29, 2011 – The International Hearing Society (IHS) announced today that Massachusetts State Rep. John Scibak(D-South Hadley) will be present to welcome convention attendees and recognize them for their dedicated efforts in helping the hearing impaired during the opening keynote lunch on September 15, 2011, at the 60th Annual IHS Convention & Expo.

Rep. Scibak is a longtime advocate for the hearing-impaired community and is the lead sponsor of H.325, a bill which would provide hearing aid insurance benefits for Massachusetts residents. In addition to Scibak’s participation at the convention, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino have also extended personal greetings to IHS convention attendees.

“We are very pleased to have the IHS convention in Massachusetts this year for the 60th Annual Convention,” said Peter Lee, President of the Massachusetts Hearing Society, an IHS affiliate chapter. “Once we heard the convention was coming to Boston we made the decision not to hold our chapter’s annual meeting but rather integrate it with the IHS event. The quality of education offered is impressive and many of our members are looking forward to participating.”

IHS also announced that the Massachusetts Hearing Society has been selected to receive the well-respected chapter of the year award during the diamond anniversary awards gala on Saturday, September 17th. The chapter has played an important role in hearing aid legislation, including working directly with Rep. Scibak to develop a strategy to get hearing aids covered by insurance. Additional awards will be announced and presented during the awards gala including The Hearing Journal’s Joel S. Wernick Dispenser in Education Award, The Hearing Review’s Professional Leadership Award, and the IHS Lifetime Achievement Award, to name a few.

IHS expects hundreds of hearing aid specialists and dispensing professionals from around the world to attend the convention being held at the Seaport Hotel and Seaport World Trade Center over the course of four days. To register, or for more information about the 60th Annual IHS Convention & Expo, including a complete agenda and lineup of speakers, visit or call 734-522-7200.

About IHS

The International Hearing Society (IHS) is a membership association that represents hearing healthcare professionals worldwide. IHS members are engaged in the practice of testing human hearing and selecting, fitting and dispensing hearing instruments and counseling patients. Founded in 1951, the Society continues to recognize the need for promoting and maintaining the highest possible standards for its members in the best interests of the hearing impaired it serves.

About the Massachusetts Hearing Society

The Massachusetts Hearing Society is an organization of hearing healthcare professionals providing hearing care solutions to the people of Massachusetts and is an affiliate chapter of the International Hearing Society (IHS). For more information on the Massachusetts Hearing Society visit