Audeo B-R
Phonak is launching the hearing aid platform Belong, and lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology in hearing aids. The Audéo B Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) products and the lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid, Audéo B-R, will be released in the US in August 2016.
Baha 5
Implantable hearing products company Cochlear Limited announced the availability of the Baha 5 Power and Baha 5 SuperPower sound processors--recently added to the company's bone conduction solutions.
Neil Maes with mom, Christy Maes
The ACI Alliance recently profiled Neil Maes, an 11-year-old boy who was born deaf, but has worked hard to develop spoken language. His mastery of spoken language is so successful that in May 2016 he competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.
SmartMove Cloud
A new YouTube video from Smart Diagnostic Devices illustrates the benefits of audiometric data management on the Cloud using the SmartMove Cloud product. Data stored on the audiometer cannot be accessed from a remote location. SmartCloud aims to change that.
Salus University
Salus University collaborated with two Pennsylvania community colleges and the VA Medical Center on hearing health screenings for student veterans as part of the Veterans Readiness Initiative (VRI) Multisensory Screening & Care program.
Simon Ollert, soccer player
Phonak has joined youth team player Simon Ollert in welcoming children with hearing loss from 6 countries to a 3-day soccer training camp in Germany. Their goal is to help children with hearing loss make progress in their personal development.
Oticon Opn
Oticon announces the launch of Oticon Opn, the first Internet of Things (IoT) hearing aid, which can be programmed to communicate directly with a range of connected devices such as baby alarms, smoke detectors, and other safety technologies.
Champion Athlete Hunter Taylor
MED-EL is sponsoring volleyball athlete Hunter Taylor for the 2016 Pan Am Games in June and World Deaf Championships in July. Richmond-based Taylor, age 21, also has his sights set on Samsun, Turkey in 2017 – the 23rd Summer Deaflympics.
Oticon Focus on People Awards
Voting is open for the 2016 Oticon Focus on People Awards on the Oticon website, where visitors can cast their vote for the 12 finalists who represent the "best of the best" in 4 categories: Student, Adult, Advocacy, and Practitioner. Voting is open until August 15.
Starkey Halo 2
Starkey's Halo 2 Made for iPhone hearing aid has been named by Inc. magazine as one of the “Top 7 Most Brilliant Product Designs of 2016.” The Halo 2 won for innovative use of mobile and hearing technology.
Earlens light-driven hearing device
According to the FierceMedicalDevices website, which covers the medical devices and diagnostics industries, Earlens raised $51 million in debt and equity to back the launch of its light-driven hearing aid, which it will offer at a slightly higher price than existing options.
AM-111 clinical trial for sudden hearing loss
Auris Medical announced it has initiated patient enrollment in the ASSENT Phase 3 clinical trial of AM-111, a drug for treating idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss, or sudden deafness. The drug must be administered within 72 hours after onset of hearing loss.
HNN2Go video clips
Clear Digital Media announced it is offering an affordable new video product called HNN2Go that allows hearing care practices to create customized, branded video messaging for use on social media, in exam rooms and waiting rooms, and at events.
Reggie Watts
As musical director, bandleader, and announcer for The Late Late Show on CBS, Reggie Watts uses microphones embedded in custom soft silicone earphones to add controlled ambience to the in-ear mix, the band feed, and host James Corden’s mic.
TPA Sound Therapy Expo
The Tinnitus Practitioners Association has announced that the second annual TPA: Sound Therapy Symposium and Exposition will be held September 14 – 16, 2016 in Memphis, Tenn, at The Peabody Memphis Hotel.
Infant Hearing Screening
Researchers at Cincinnati Children's found that for newborns who fail initial hearing screenings at birth hospitals, targeted intervention helps improve follow-up rates by 70%, particularly for infants of low-income mothers.
Tinnitus Treatment Solutions (TTS)
California-based Tinnitus Treatment Solutions (TTS) has created a large affiliated network of experts for tinnitus care in the US, combining teleaudiology services with onsite, in-person care at 4,500 partner locations nationwide.
Telemedicine included in doctor training
Recognizing that formal training in telemedicine is not widely offered to physicians-in-training, the American Medical Association adopted a new policy to ensure medical students learn to use telecare.
Kevin, Tim, Mike Deshler
Audiology Systems has expanded its team in the Southeastern US with the addition of new account executives Tim, Mike and Kevin Deshler. They will work closely with Regional Sales Director Ron Taylor to represent Audiology Systems in the Southeast.

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Li Qi, PhD
Audioscan announced the appointment of Li Qi, PhD, as the company’s Chief Audiologist and Educator for Asia, where he will help advance training in real ear measurement and hearing aid fitting.