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Hearing on the Hill

IHS leaders meet with Members of Congress, perform hearing screenings, and build upon relationships with industry partners during Hearing Industries Association’s annual advocacy event in Washington, DC.


This year’s Hearing on the Hill was held on May 11, 2011. Participating on behalf of IHS were Thomas Higgins, BC-HIS, ACA, IHS President-Elect; Patrick Kochanowski, BC-HIS, ACA, IHS Central East Coast Governor; Kathleen Mennillo, MBA, IHS Executive Director; Alissa Parady, IHS Government Affairs Manager; and Dale Thorstad, BC-HIS, IHS member and NBC-HIS Board Chair. During the day, IHS representatives visited ten Congressional offices, representing districts in Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Some of the meetings included other hearing organization representatives, including those from the Hearing Industries Association, Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and Hearing Loss Association of America. The day concluded with a Congressional Reception, during which IHS Governor Kochanowski performed hearing screenings for attendees. The Reception also provided time for the sponsors of the bills to thank volunteers and urge continued vigilance in spreading the word about S.905/H.R.1479.