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.
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, 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
GN Store Nord (GN), Copenhagen, has announced that Marcus Desimoni joins the company as chief financial officer (CFO) of GN Store Nord and GN ReSound, effective February 15, 2016. Desimoni replaces Anders Boyer, who resigned as CFO of GN Store Nord and GN ReSound in December 2015.
The fourth quarter (Q4) of 2015 marked strong growth for the private sector, with an 8.2% increase in sales compared to Q4 2014. The VA increased its dispensing activity by 2.3%. Total hearing aid unit sales grew by 7.0% in Q4 2015. What is not known is how much private sector growth can be attributed to the market gains of low-cost retailers like Costco.
Twelve months after the transfer of the Siemens hearing aid business to Sivantos Group, the company announced a successful first year and also introduced Signia, its new co-branded hearing aids. Sivantos reports that it is creating a new stimulus with comprehensive initiatives in an effort to achieve the industry leading market position.
The University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service has launched a new clinical trial involving 60 patients, half of whom will use an online care package to determine whether the routine annual clinic check-up of hearing and device status can be replaced with a personalized online version.