1 in 6 Baby Boomers has hearing loss
Starkey announced activities to help raise awareness of better hearing in May, which is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and is encouraging people to follow them on social media through the month to learn more about hearing loss and hearing technologies.
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Hearing care professionals need to be able to recognize which tools in their tinnitus toolbox to utilize on a patient-by-patient basis, and also to be aware of research, to help make navigation of the treatment process easier for both clinician and patient.
Joy Glen
Auditdata’s increasing activities in the US have been fueled by its acquisition of Otovation, and its relatively new partnership with Sycle.net--growth that demanded a strengthening of the US team, which Joy Glen joined as VP of US Sales in March 2016.
Audiologist in video
In this new product launch teaser video, audiologists and hearing conservation practitioners cite barriers to efficient audiogram data management. The video, titled "Resolve Audiometric Data Management Challenges with SmartMove Cloud: 1," can be viewed on YouTube.
Meditators with hearing loss can reap benefits
Meditation has been shown to cause physiological and neurological changes, enhancing a range of cognitive processes and self-regulation abilities, including temporal resolution ability, speech perception in noise, cognition, and auditory processing.
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New research shows it is reasonable to expect the same speech recognition benefit for individuals with severe hearing impairment when using binax beamforming technology as previously reported for those with mild-to-moderate losses.
"Come Read with Me" program
“Come read with me” are powerful words for children learning to read and write. Deaf or hard-of-hearing kids living in bilingual homes can put these words into practice via a literacy program from the USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication.
Communicate clear messages
Hearing care professionals must communicate at a number of levels. Informational and motivational counseling help us move people along with their treatment plan, but we should consider the methods we use to ensure there is effective communication.
anticancer drug may halt hearing loss in NF2
Because the literature shows the benefits of DNR include more rapid word learning rates, less listening effort, better recall of words, improved SNR at the hearing aid output, and more, audiologists Beck and Behrens suggest including activation of the DNR circuit as the “go-to” setting for adults and children.
Karl
The Hearing Review dispenser survey of hearing aid pricing was administered electronically to HR readers in February and March of this year. Full results of the survey will be published in July, but here HR Chief Editor Karl Strom previews some of the early findings.
Apple logo
Apple recently faced scrutiny over its iPhone, hearing aid accessibility, and the FCC. Here is a look at wireless hearing aid compatibility rules, and Apple’s request to be exempt from putting telecoils in its iPhones.
Babies' brains are boosted by music
A study from the University of Washington (UW) has shown that play sessions with music improved 9-month-old babies’ brain processing of both music and new speech sounds, supporting the importance of early experiences in music programs.
Sand Dunes in Mongolia
Dr Chasin recounts how, as a graduate student of audiology, he was taken to the desert with geophones and radar equipment. As part of his early training, he had to measure and explain the strange, musical sounds that emanate from sand dunes during the summertime.
Rheumatoid arthritis and hearing loss
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the most common autoimmune arthritis, can impact the auditory system. According to a new study, sensorineural hearing loss is the most common related health issue in RA patients.
diabetes is linked to hearing loss
A review of studies by researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center into possible links between diabetes and hearing loss concludes there is evidence that diabetes can damage hearing, and that clinicians should include hearing testing in managing type 2 diabetes.
John Niparko, MD
The Keck School of Medicine at USC in Los Angeles has announced the sudden and tragic passing of John K. Niparko, MD, who led the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
NYT
Covering AudiologyNOW! 2016, The New York Times reports that hearing aid technologies at the event were impressive, but the real issue on attendees' minds was how consumer electronics are encroaching on the industry by offering less expensive PSAPs.
CAA
The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-language Pathology (CAA) announced the release of its revised Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (Standards).
Oticon Opn
Spotlighted in exhibits at AudiologyNOW! 2016 were hearing instruments and accessories with advanced technologies, wireless connectivity, and open-fit designs. Rechargeable hearing aid batteries and systems also took center stage.

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On April 21, 2016, the FDA held a Public Workshop on "Streamlining Good Manufacturing Practices for Hearing Aids," which also examined recommendations by PCAST to deregulate hearing aids.