Chestnut-capped babblers use language
A new bird study of the chestnut-crowned babbler shows that stringing together meaningless sounds to create signals and structure phonemes is not unique to humans, as previously thought.
Hansaton EaseHD
The new EaseHD platform for hearing aids released by Hansaton offers high-definition technology that is designed to provide a surround sound HD experience for more natural hearing and clearer speech.
US Dept of Labor
The US Department of Labor (DOL), awarded the IHS certification for new National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards for Hearing Aid Specialists. The Hearing Aid Specialist Certified Apprenticeship is a two-year program.
Audiology Systems, a US distributor of GN Otometrics products as well as other leading audiology and vestibular equipment, has announced the availability of the OTObase patient management module from Otometrics to hearing care professionals in the United States.
Summer concerts and music festivals can be loud
Packing earplugs along with sunscreen is a good idea this summer, says the Better Hearing Institute, which provides 6 tips to help people protect their hearing from noisy summer activities that can cause damage.
ASHA Infographic for July 4th
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) produced an infographic that provides tips to help people protect their hearing while enjoying fireworks and concerts this July 4th.
Deb Abel, AuD
AudigyCare announced the hiring of Debbie Abel, AuD, to provide Audigy Group Members with help in navigating the complexity of Medicare coding, billing, reimbursements, and third party contracts.
Dr Kasewurm shares a few pitfalls she has learned to avoid during her 30 years of experience in running a successful hearing care practice. This is her list of the top 10 business mistakes to avoid.
Auris Medical
Auris Medical Holding and Cochlear Limited announced they will collaborate on a planned randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial in the US (the REACH trial) to investigate otoprotection during cochlear implant (CI) surgery.
Jay Kaplan, MD
The annual 2015 Oticon Clinical Grand Rounds Conference brought together multi-specialty practice teams to explore strategies for staying responsive and proactive in a challenging hearing healthcare arena.
HearStrong Champions
At a special ceremony in Mauston, Wisconsin, Mayor Brian McGuire helped representatives of the HearStrong Foundation recognize student Karlie Stefan for her inspirational journey to overcome hearing loss and empower others.
Gabrielle Filips, AuD, Oticon
Oticon Inc appointed three new account managers to the company’s Government Services Team, which works closely with VA and government audiologists to bring quality hearing health products and services to US veterans and active military personnel.
zebra finches are good research model for auditory function
A study of zebra finches reveals that norepinephrine, a neuromodulator, aids the brain in sorting complex auditory signals for hearing in noisy environments.
Nucleus 6 Upgrade for cochlear implant
The FDA has approved the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor, which is a technology upgrade with many advanced features for the Nucleus 22 cochlear implant from Cochlear Limited.
Drug stops overactive electrical signals
Neurophysiologists at the University of Connecticut have discovered a new drug that may prevent tinnitus and treat epilepsy by selectively affecting potassium channels in the brain.
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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and its Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults will hold its second of three public meetings on Tuesday, June 30. The IOM meetings will culminate in a consensus report that may provide context for future top-down governmental responses and influence decisions related to affordability and accessibility of hearing aids, PSAPs, tinnitus devices, and hearing care services.
The Great Debate in Bone Anchored Hearing Systems 2015
The Oticon Medical Great Debate in BAHS 2015 event stimulated knowledge sharing, opinions and insights on best treatments and approaches in bone-anchored hearing care.
Tune-it-yourself tool for hearing aids
Norway's SINTEF is developing a system that allows hearing aid users to participate in fine-tuning their devices themselves with a tune-it-yourself tool. AudioPlus Concept AS owns the sound image and simulator system prototype, and intends to commercialize it.
In July, ASHA is launching a case study series of 15 free online CEU courses that offer targeted, video-based learning. The series celebrates the 15-year anniversary of ASHA Professional Development (APD). Each 30-minute course is worth 0.05 ASHA CEUs (or 0.5 Professional Development Hours).

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Benson Medical Instruments
Benson Medical, which designs and manufactures audiometers, spirometers, and software to manage hearing conservation and occupational spirometry programs for companies, announced its new audiometric baseline revision feature that supports updates to guidelines from the NHCA and CAOHC.