The International Hearing Society (IHS) 64th annual convention was held at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Fla. in September, and featured seminars and sessions based on the theme “Soaring Into Excellence” were held.
The current Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Hearing Association Wayne Morris, of Hear Gear in Altus, received the James P. Lovell Award at the convention.
Morris received the awarded for being instrumental in getting the state of Oklahoma to reconsider an overhaul of the current International Licensing Exam (ILE) and developing its own exams. The OHA, along with the IHA spearheaded by Morris, worked closely with Oklahoma legislators and Senator Wayne Crain. Morris volunteered, traveling nationally and went above and beyond doing whatever needed to find a solution.
The James P Lovell Award is given annually in recognition of ongoing efforts for advancing the status and role of hearing aid specialists and is presented at the end of the IHS Awards Gala. Morrison’s accomplishments has possibly set a precedent for others states to do the same. The IHS Convention has experienced changes, and during recent years, increased attendance at the event and higher membership.
Wayne is married with one daughter and three boys. He is the hearing aid specialist for Hear Gear in Altus, Elk City and Weatherford. They have been serving Western Oklahoma for over 30 years delivering patient service and building relationships with hearing aid manufacturers.
“I had an amazing time at the convention,” said Morris. “learning about upcoming products and continuing education to learn more on ways to better serve our customers. I want to thank friends, family and the OHA for helping guide me to daily fullfill my dreams.”
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