PORA! 29.05. Update – what is new in hearing aid technology?

The speaker of the webinar is Dr.Martin Kinkel, head of R&D at KIND, the market leading
dispensing chain for hearing instruments in Germany. Profile: Martin Kinkel

When: May 29th, 2022, Sunday
17.00 Moscow time / 16.00 Berlin time
Please, register in advance following the link:
–>Meeting registration<–

Participation is free. online platform – zoom
Language: DE, RU.
Translation by Liubov Wolowik

Profile: Martin Kinkel

Martin Kinkel, Dipl-Phys., PhD; born 1959 in Ludwigshafen/Rh.
Since 1980 Study of Physics in Göttingen, 1987 Diploma with a thesis on dicrimination of interaural level and time differences in normal hearing subjects, 1990 PhD with a thesis on relation between parameters of binaural hearing in normal hearing and hearing impaired subjects. After PhD one year post-doc at the III. Physikal. Institut and the ENT-clinic of the University Göttingen.
Since 1991 head of R&D at KIND, the market leading
dispensing chain for hearing instruments in Germany. Main fields of R&D projects are audiometric measurement methods, fitting methods for hearing instruments and outcome measurements. Since 2010 member of the Audiology group at audifon.
From 1997 until 2021 safety officer for medical devices at KIND Hörgeräte. Since 2021
PRRC (Art. 15 MDR) at KIND.
Since 2017 managing director of the KIND hearing foundation.

Current address: KIND GmbH & Co. KG, Kokenhorststraße 3-5, D-30938 Burgwedel,
Germany, E-Mail martin.kinkel@kind.com, http://www.kind.com.

PORA! 22.05 “Deafness and bilateral hearing”

Dear participants,

We  are pleased to invite you to take part  in  the webinar “Deafness and bilateral hearing”. It takes place  on  May, 22 (Sunday) at 16.00 CET/17.00 Moscow time.

The speaker of the webinar is Dr.Sandro Burdo, scientific Director of Italian Association “Free to Hear” and Consultant Otologist in Bassini Hospital-Milan, Italy.

The webinar will be conducted in English, translated into Russian by Julia Disson.

Please, register in advance following  the link: HERE

Keywords: natural listening; the binaural processor function; dichotic listening; dysfunctions;   listening brain and hearing; comparing unilateral vs bilateral sequential CI performances; binaural critical period; rehabilitation: protocol in sequential CI; single sided deafness.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Best regards,
The team of Lehnhardt Akademie

Profile: Sandro Burdo

Sandro Burdo, Scientific Director of Italian Association Free to Hear.
Sandro Burdo was born in Venice, Italy, in 1951. He received thedegree in surgery and medicine from the University of Milan,Italy, where he gained the specialization in medical Audiology in 1981 and he obtained the regional habilitation as Hospitalexecutive of a complex unit in 2001. During the first years of hiscareer, he was a Researcher at the Audiology Institute of Milan,headed by Prof. M. Del Bo, who contributed to his clinical andscientific formation.
Afterwards he became the scientific
coordinator of the Centro Ricerche e Studi Amplifon for two yearsand finally he was asked by the Ospedale di Circolo of Varese tocoordinate and then to direct the Audiovestibology Unit till the 2010.
He made this unit a leader in Italy concerning the deaf rehabilitation and one of the main European centers concerningcochlear implants in pediatric age with a personal casistic of morethan 1300 cochlear implants.
He was a Professor at the Università degli Studi of Milan, LaSapienza, Rome, at the Università dell’Insubria, Varese, andconsultant for the Foreign Ministry, Health Ministry and theVatican Causae Sanctorum Congregatio.
He was the Scientific Director of Fondazione Audiologica Vareseonlus that works together with the Ospedale di Circolo to managethe Audiovestibologia Unit and its research activity. He was the author of more than 150 publications, among those,30 books or chapters of books. http://www.audiovestibologia.it/
He presented more than 230
scientific communications in national and international congress.His fields of interest are auditory electrophysiology, surgery of theear, cochlear implants, and hearing aids.
At present is Scientific Director of Italian Association Free to hear and Consultant Otologist in Bassini Hospital-Milan.

PORA! 27.03 Forum-discussion “The use of removable hearing aids in the rehabilitation of children with hearing impairments”

We invite you to take part in a discussion on March 27 with Maria Boboshko on the topic ‘The use of removable hearing aids in the rehabilitation of children with hearing impairments’.

Register in advance to participate in the conference. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about entering the conference.
When: Sunday, March 27
at 16.00 CET / 17.00 Moscow time
—>>>Registration (zoom)<<<—
Language RU, translation into EN (Julia Disson)

The previous meeting on this topic with Maria Boboshko was held on October 24, 2021, and the following issues were considered:

  • the prevalence of hearing loss and the importance of hearing in a child’s life,
  • the role of timely detection of hearing disorders and early hearing prosthesis by children,
  • review of modern means of rehabilitation of children with hearing loss,
  • indications and contraindications to the use of removable hearing aids for air and bone sound transmission,
  • methods for evaluating the effectiveness of hearing prosthesis.

watch THE RECORDING (Russian)

Lecturer Prof.Maria Boboshko – head of hearing and speech laboratory of the research center of the St. Petersburg State Medical University named after Academician I.P. Pavlova of the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation, MD, Professor of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of the Northwestern State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov of the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation


PORA! February 13th Forum Discussion “Concept development and Theory of Mind using books”

The first meeting with Jane Simpson Allen (Audio-Verbal Therapist from Australia) took place on February 6th. At the Discussion Forum, the speaker will summarize the main points of the past webinar and discuss the questions that weren’t answered during the last meeting

The recording of the past webinar will be available in the coming days, we welcome your comments and questions on this topic: “Concept development and Theory of Mind using books”.

Complete lecturer profile

Profile: Jayne Nicole Simpson Allen


  • Specialty knowledge with over 30 years of teaching experience working with children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing (DHH) in Queensland and New Zealand
  • International mentor to teachers of children who are DHH and speech pathologists
  • Co-Author of book chapter
  • Speaker/presenter at AG Bell International Symposiums/Conferences

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PORA! February 6th “Concept development and Theory of Mind using books”

The presenter for the webinar on February 6th will be Jayne Simpson Allen Dip T., B Ed., M Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT®

Jayne’s career has involved working with children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing since she began her first job as a teacher of the deaf in 1985. She has worked for many years both in Australia and New Zealand and was the very first Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist in New Zealand’s South Island. Jayne currently works as Program Leader for WorldWide and Listening and Spoken Language Specialist AVT at Hear and Say. She is the Secretary and Certification Committee Co-chair of the AG Bell Academy Board and works as a mentor to professionals working towards listening and spoken language certification nationally and internationally.

The presentation will explain the connections between reading fiction and development of Theory of Mind in children, presenting current theoretical perspectives and research-based evidence. First-, second-, and higher-order skills will be discussed. The role of the adult reading to the child, their understanding of ToM, and their use of strategies when undertaking shared reading will be explained, with some suggestions for practical application provided.

2 – 3 learning objectives

  •         Describe how engaging in reading fiction with children can support the development of Theory of Mind
  •         Increase confidence in selecting books to develop key concepts in Theory of Mind
  •         Start a toolbox of strategies that help develop ToM when reading with children

PORA! 30.01.2022 Forum Discussion with Andrew Kendrick “Telepractice: Strategies and Tips”

In the presentation on January 30th will take summary of key points from the last session, practical tips for therapy and answer to your questions.

Andrew is a certified LSLS Cert. AVT ( with 35 years of experience) and served on the Board of Directors of the AG Bell Academy for four years. Andrew continues to passionately work as an Auditory Verbal Therapist at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) supporting families whose child has a hearing loss.

Andrew Kendrick’s Profile


PORA! 16.01.2022 “Telepractice: Strategies and Tips” with Andrew Kendrick

The Lehnhardt Academy team is pleased to invite you to this year’s first PORA webinar! with a lecturer from Australia.
Andrew Kendrick is a specialist with 35 years of experience in the field of auditory-verbal therapy.  — >>> Andrew Kendrick’s Profile <<< —
The topic “Telepractice: Strategies and Tips”, which he will present on Sunday, is especially relevant now for all professionals and parents of children with HA or CI of any age.
In Australia, due to long distances, the telepractice method has been used for a long time as a convenient tool for therapy sessions, and the situation with covid-19 made significant changes in everyday life.
You will learn:
– what is especially important to consider when preparing for the therapy sessions from home online;
– which important aspects should be taken into account by a specialist in order to conduct an online lesson most successfully and to support parents and their role in the rehabilitation of the child.