On October 18, 2014, the Ear Institute at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) hosted an event by the Children’s Hearing Institute (CHI) and Marvel Custom Solutions to uncover the identity of Sapheara, a new girl super hero with cochlear implants.
The Tinnitus Practitioners Association (TPA) has announced its 3rd Annual International Misophonia Conference, which will be held in Phoenix, Ariz, on February 20-21, 2015.
Unitron expands into Brazil with the opening of a new company office in São Paulo.
Audigy Group partnered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation on two missions to Peru this summer to provide free hearing aids to nearly 5,000 people in need. The missions were part of the foundation’s “Operation Change” efforts, which are supported by celebrities and philanthropists like former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Forest Whitaker, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and John Legend.
A team led by scientists at the University of Michigan demonstrates the key role of protein called NT3 in ear-to-brain communication, and as a target for future treatments.
According to the HIA, total hearing aid units dispensed are 3.9% above last years’ figures. Commercial sector (non-VA sales) hearing aid unit sales are 2.5% higher that they were at this point last year; the VA’s dispensing activity has increased by 9.3%.
If you are one of those hearing care professionals who secretly groan when your patients tell you they think their hearing loss is due to the chronic ear infections they suffered as children, groan no longer. They just may be right. Findings from the ongoing 1947 Newcastle Thousand Families Study show that those who suffered from infections as a child were more likely to have a hearing loss in their 60s.
Introduced in this paper are two key features of the new Siemens binax system: 1) Narrow Directionality, an enhanced binaural beamforming algorithm designed for very difficult listening situations, and 2) Spatial SpeechFocus, a self-steering binaural beamforming algorithm designed especially for situations with talkers from side and back directions in noisy environments.
Søren Østergaard, a veteran in the hearing industry and global sales, is Unitron’s new vice president of international sales. Maija Michell, who spent 14 years with Psion (now Motorola), is the company’s new head of global human resources.
The Venture hearing aid line from Phonak is said to offer twice the processing power and up to 30% less battery consumption. Audeo V runs on AutoSense OS, which represents the company’s next generation of automation technology designed to provide consumers with maximum convenience and a seamless listening experience.