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This study examines the effectiveness of the Widex Unique™ wind noise attenuation algorithm. The data suggests the WNA algorithm significantly reduces annoyance and at the same time increases speech understanding.
Infant language development and cognition
Northwestern University researchers have found that even before infants understand their first words, they have begun to link language and thought. Listening to language boosts infant cognition, and new evidence provides insight into the role of early language exposure.
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By creating a Tinnitus Toolbox based on best-practice solutions, hearing care professionals can use tinnitus evaluation results to tailor management plans that best suit each patient with tinnitus. This is Part 2 of a 2-part series.
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Wayne Staab, PhD, explores challenges posed by ear hair and problems with earwax. Ear hair, for example, can prevent earwax from being released naturally from the ear canal, and an overgrowth of hair may also prevent hearing aids from making a good seal.
Karl Strom
HR Editor Karl Strom considers what the FDA can do in the wake of its recent GMP workshop, the PCAST recommendations, and impending report from the IOM. Would these proposals lead to more innovation, affordability and accessibility for consumers...or represent a giant step backward?
Path to Purchase Symposium
At AudiologyNOW! 2016, The Hearing Review and CareCredit offered data from two recent surveys and hosted a panel of four experts from audiology, dentistry, and private practice.
AAA choir
This year’s AudiologyNOW! AAA event, said to be the largest annual gathering of audiologists in the world, attracted 3,408 audiologists and featured a wealth of instructional sessions and workshops at the Phoenix Convention Center.
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Oticon is introducing a paradigm shift in hearing aid amplification with regard to how to facilitate better understanding of speech in noise. The new Oticon OpenSound Navigator (OSN) is designed to exceed and supplant traditional directionality and noise reduction protocols.
Lukas Braunschweiler
The European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA) has elected Lukas Braunschweiler, CEO of Sonova, as president, and Anders Hedegaard, CEO of GN ReSound, as vice-president of the organization.
Laurel Christensen, PhD
Laurel Christensen, PhD, envisions a strengthened role for hearing care professionals as advances in the digital world offer new hearing technology.
IconX earbuds in case
Technology watch websites VentureBeat and Engadget report on Samsung's preparations to launch Gear IconX, its wireless Bluetooth earbuds. Are these poised to shake up the hearables market?
Daniel I. Choo, MD
The ACI Alliance announced a new board chair and two new board members. Colin Driscoll, MD, was elected chair of the board; Daniel Choo, MD, and Meredith Holcomb, AuD, were elected as board members.
Symphony
Do you think rockers or classical musicians are more likely to get noise-induced hearing loss and related tinnitus? According to an audiologist at Baylor College of Medicine, it’s classical musicians who may be most at risk.
GN
GN ReSound announced that it has signed a long-term supply agreement with Audigy Group and also entered into a contingent agreement to acquire the company for up to $151 million.
Neil Maes with mom, Christy Maes
With support from AG Bell and Anderson Independent Mail in South Carolina, deaf student Neil Maes will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held May 22-27, 2016, in National Harbor, Md. Fifth-grader Maes, who has bilateral cochlear implants, is speller #213.
Hush Smart Earplugs
Hush Technology announced the availability of Hush, the first Smart Earplugs--a new kind of sleep wearable that combines noise isolation in the form of earplugs with access to 15 different soothing sound tracks to help tinnitus sufferers block out disturbing noises via a smartphone app.
Tinnitus Awareness Week, May 16-20
The ATA challenges the tinnitus community to “Make Some Noise” about tinnitus and hyperacusis during National Tinnitus Awareness Week, May 16-20, 2016. Share information and register for the Hyperacusis Webinar by Friday, May 13, 2016.
Harris Poll results
Results from an independent Harris Poll, commissioned by Oticon in advance of Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, shed light on how millions with hearing loss struggle to hear conversations, strain to understand speech, and even have difficulty remembering parts of conversations.
Hearing affects cognition
A new discovery by scientists at the University of California could help find biomarkers for targeted drug therapies for people with single-sided deafness (SSD), and may also pave the way for the development of brain stimulation therapies to restore normal auditory processing.

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zebra finches are good research model for auditory function
According to research from the University at Buffalo, humans and animals use similar cues to make sense of their acoustic worlds. The study, published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, fills an important gap in the literature on how animals group sounds into auditory objects.