The WBP2 gene is implicated in deafness
The Wbp2 gene was found to be involved in progressive hearing loss during a large-scale mouse study, and also found to be involved in human deafness. The study also showed that hearing impairment is linked to hormonal signaling rather than to hair cell degeneration.
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In this blog post, audiologist, hearing practice owner, and columnist Loleata "Lolly" Wigall shares practical tips from her own experiences in the running, growing, and promoting of a successful hearing practice on a tight budget.
Adam Miller
Hansaton Acoustics announced Adam Miller as its new regional sales manager for the upper midwest territory. Described by Hansaton as an "industry spitfire," Miller has seven years of sales experience, including three years at Starkey Hearing Technologies.
AuDNet
ZPower announced a new partnership with AuDNet Inc, a group purchasing organization. ZPower now offers its Rechargeable System for Hearing Aids to AuDNet members at a discount off regular wholesale pricing to provide more people the opportunity to never change a hearing aid battery again.
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During pre-game activities in San Francisco, Calif, the HearStrong Foundation joined the NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation to recognize a local teen who is overcoming hearing loss to chase his artistic, athletic, and academic dreams.
Ponto Abutment Extension
Oticon Medical announced that it obtained 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market the Ponto Abutment Extension for bone anchored hearing. The new abutment extension connects to existing abutments so users can upgrade their bone anchored hearing solutions without changing abutments or undergoing further surgery.
Widex
EarQ announced that Widex will add its hearing devices to the EarQ line of products in spring 2016, helping EarQ offer an advanced line of hearing technology. EarQ works to connect its members to the most advanced hearing device manufacturers in the world, including Oticon, Siemens, Starkey, ReSound...and now Widex.
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AudioNova International BV, Europe’s second-largest hearing aid retailer, is being put up for sale and could garner an offer of around $500 million euros ($559 million), according to a report from Bloomberg Business.
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.
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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.

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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.