Audiology Patient Choice Act
The ADA reports that US Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) reintroduced the Audiology Patient Choice Act, HR 2519, on May 21, 2015. The bill is intended to bring Medicare in line with best practices in hearing health care.
Diagram for auditory brainstem implantation
According to an article published in the June 2015 edition of Operative Neurosurgery, a team of US and Japanese experts has mapped out the surgical anatomy and approaches for the auditory brainstem implant.
Thunderclap campaign
BHI asks that you sign up for its Discover the Can-Do You! Thunderclap campaign to help spread the hearing health message, which is slated to go out on May 28, 2015.
What sound do you expect to hear?
Scientists are investigating auditory central processing in an effort to better understand whether our expectations of sound affect how, and what, we hear. Bournemouth University and Heidelberg University researchers are using computational neuroscience models to map the way the brain processes sound.
Life's Worth Hearing initiative
Cochlear Limited announced that as part of its efforts during Better Hearing and Speech Month, a deaf contestant from CBS TV's 'Survivor' show will be speaking to communities across the country about her cochlear implant in an effort to inspire them to take action for better hearing.
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Dr Chasin's blog answers the question: What is the “best” headphone that can be used for listening to music? He explains several important features, including broadband frequency response, a good seal to the ear canal, and appropriate sensitivity.
How does baby talk affect speech development?
Researchers from Washington State University have investigated whether fathers modify their speech in the same way that mothers do when talking to their young children. Results of this research on "baby talk" are being presented at the ASA Meeting held May 18-22, 2015 in Pittsburgh.
Our brain reorganizes after hearing loss
Researchers from the University of Colorado exploring how our brains respond to hearing loss have found that the brain reorganizes, which may be related to a link between age-related hearing loss and dementia. The research was presented at the 169th ASA Meeting this week.
Hansaton ease hearing systems
Hansaton announced the launch of ease, a new generation platform for hearing systems that includes functions designed to allow wearers to enjoy surround sound and clear speech, regardless of the environmental situation.
Dr Van Vliet explores how the work of hearing healthcare providers may not always stem from altruism, though it provides a service that can bring back a connection to others and the world through hearing, which is very rewarding.
Sonova Holding AG
In a recap of an eventful year, Sonova Group reports solid sales results for 2014/15, with $2.17 billion in sales—an increase of 4.3% in Swiss francs or 6.2% in local currencies. The Group's hearing aid division saw revenues increase by 6.9% in local currencies to $1.97 billion. Sonova expects to grow by 7-9% in 2015/16.
Foreign accents harder to remember
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found that listening to accented speech is harder for the brain to process than native speech, making information harder to remember. Preliminary findings of this study are being presented at the 169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Two veteran New York Police Department (NYPD) officers’ 5-year legal battle to return to active duty wearing their hearing aids ended in victory on March 9 when they agreed to a settlement of the suit they had filed against the City of New York in 2010.
Your Hearing Network (YHN)
Your Hearing Network (YHN), a new managed care third-party administrator designed for independent hearing care practices nationwide, has recently launched with more than 1,000 hearing healthcare providers already onboard.
Relax tinnitus app
Starkey Hearing Technologies has introduced Relax, a mobile app designed to help provide personalized tinnitus relief and comprehensive tinnitus education. Relax has 12 relief sounds, and is the company's next step in providing tinnitus management strategies that are unique to each user’s tinnitus symptoms.
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Choosing the correct sound to use in sound therapy can often have a significant impact on treatment outcomes. Flexibility in today’s technology presents an array of sounds and tinnitus solutions for patients to choose from, allowing for true personalization.
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This article provides a primer on sound therapy for tinnitus, including approaches to setting the sound therapy signal for patients with and without hearing loss. It also looks at therapy signal alternatives, including the new Ocean Waves Therapy Signals in the Sivantos binax devices.
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The first publication of MT9 shows that the majority (81%) of hearing aid users are satisfied with their devices and confirms that hearing aids are positively impacting their overall quality of life in several ways. MT9 also sheds light on the influence of care providers, as well as some challenges.
Starkey Halo hearing aid
Starkey Hearing Technologies announced that it has been named one of The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2015 Eureka! Award winners for its Halo hearing aid.

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Salus University
Several organizations were involved in the Salus Veterans Readiness Initiative Multisensory Screening and Care pilot program, which offered free multisensory screenings (vision, hearing, balance) and rehabilitation to student veterans.