Michelle Ahlman
Patient testimonials are a great way to enhance credibility, create loyalty, and generate leads for your practice. They provide your patients with familiar faces and increase the transparency of your clinic. Testimonials are rewarding and motivate staff to continue to provide a quality service. And, most importantly, testimonials empower patients. If you have a smart phone, you can record testimonials fairly easily.
Louise Hickson, PhD
Ida Institute announced the appointment of five distinguished experts to its new Ida Institute Research Committee, which will review and select grant proposals for research projects that develop knowledge and understanding of the outcomes and implications of person-centered hearing care. Applications for grants are accepted until March 31.
Beverly Biderman
Beverly Biderman, author of the book, Wired for Sound: A Journey into Hearing, announced the birth of an opera based on her memoir of learning to hear with a cochlear implant. The new opera, "TMIE, On the Threshold of the Outside World," premieres in English on February 25, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal at O'culto da Ajuda.
CEU workshops
Audioscan announced its latest set of CEU workshops for 2016 focusing on modern hearing instrument verification that provide tools and techniques for delivering improved patient outcomes. A full list of workshop dates and cities is available on the Audioscan website.
Corrine Perritano
Corrine Perritano has been named president of Beltone North America. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the consumer health and wellness space, Perritano will manage the company’s US and Canada operations, reporting to GN Hearing Group CEO Anders Hedegaard.
EarQ and NFLPA launch scholarship
Representatives from EarQ will join the NFLPA Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) during pre-game activities on February 7, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif, to launch a scholarship program for students who are overcoming hearing loss, and to further their joint commitment to providing NFLPA members with hearing care services.
ZPower rechargeable batter system
ZPower, developer of rechargeable, silver-zinc miniature batteries, will feature its Rechargeable System for Hearing Aids at the American Hearing Aid Association (AHAA) 2016 Annual Convention, which takes place February 10–13 in Las Vegas, Nev. AHAA 2016 will focus on strategies that help audiology practices succeed and be competitive.
The Shark Tank's Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Damon John, and Mark Cuban discussed what it takes to be successful entrepreneur.
About 3,200 practice owners and industry guests attended the third biennial Starkey Hearing Innovations Expo in Las Vegas on January 20-23 where they were treated to information from Presidents Clinton and Bush, stars from the hit TV series Shark Tank, Magic Johnson, Ben Affleck, several bestselling authors, as well as some of the field's best researchers.
ICS Impulse
GN Otometrics has announced FDA clearance of the Positional and Oculomotor test batteries for the ICS Impulse®. These two newly released modules, which are available from Audiology Systems, are designed to allow balance professionals to deliver dynamic positional tests as well as diagnose and treat Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).
Heart Healthy campaign
Oticon has launched the company’s annual “At the Heart of It . . . We Put People First” campaign. During February and March, the company will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of its Alta2 hearing devices to the American Heart Association to fund heart health education and life-saving research.
ReSound Smart App
Earlier this month, hearing aid manufacturer GN ReSound participated in the CES 2016 trade show in Las Vegas to demonstrate ReSound’s Smart Hearing solutions. During the show, ReSound gained recognition as a technology innovator, securing five awards in honor of its Smart Hearing solutions, demonstrating the company’s commitment to developing solutions for people living with hearing loss.
Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard researchers have described, for the first time, the adult brain’s ability to compensate for a near-complete loss of auditory nerve fibers that link the ear to the brain...an imperfect hearing recovery process that may explain why some patients report difficulties understanding speech despite having normal hearing thresholds.
HLAA 2016 logo
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has issued a public invitation to the HLAA Convention 2016, being held June 23-26, 2016 at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC. The event features an extensive educational program and exhibit hall and trade show for people with hearing loss, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Music hobby helps brain process sound
Northwestern University reported that Nina Kraus, PhD, a professor of neurobiology, physiology and otolaryngology, shed light on one of the brain’s most complex tasks--making sense of sound--during the Falling Walls Conference held November 8-9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Dr Kraus explained how she has devised a new way to measure what happens in the brain when it is processing sounds such as speech and music.
Draper's device for drug delivery
Several pharmaceutical companies are developing drugs that have potential to treat hearing loss, but they often encounter difficulty demonstrating preclinical efficacy due to challenges regarding concentration of the medication at the intended delivery site. Now researchers have developed a device that can deliver drugs directly to the cochlea—an area of the inner ear difficult to reach with injections and systemic drug delivery.
Inner ear hair cells and gut cells
Researchers at two universities have each determined that sensory inner ear stereocilia (hair cells) evolved from gut microvilli. These two independent groups studying the proteins that organize gut microvilli now suspect that in our evolution, our ear systems "borrowed" gut cells during the development of inner ear hair cell stereocilia. The studies may inform why cell mutations in the gut don't cause diseases as they do in the ear.
balance issues in children
Nearly 3.3 million children between ages 3 and 17 have a dizziness or balance problem, according to an NIDCD analysis of the first nationally representative survey of these problems in US children. Researchers found that girls have a higher prevalence of dizziness and balance problems (5.7%) compared to boys (5%).
In February letters to the Hearing Review editor, Mead Killion and Elliott Berger comment on some statements made by authors Kris Chesky and Amyn M. Amlani in their January 2016 HR article titled “UNT Develops New Approach for Assessing Musicians Earplugs.”
Naama Tsach, PhD
The American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACI) has announced the launch of a new blog on adult rehabilitation post cochlear implantation. The blog, written by experienced speech pathologist and educational audiologist Naama Tsach, PhD, is intended for adults who have (or will soon receive) cochlear implants.

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Stephanie Erickson
Pivot Hearing, a Petaluma, California-based practice development partner that helps audiologists and hearing aid dispensers build sustainable private practices, announced that it has expanded both its team and the scope of services it provides to members.