Siemens AG is reportedly in advanced talks with at least three potential buyers to sell off its 2-billion euro ($2.6 billion) hearing aid division via a sealed bidding process.
Two audiologists from Illinois State University—Lindsay Bondurant, PhD and second-year AuD student Ellen Avoletta—have been selected to travel to the Oticon Clinic in Parintins, Brazil as part of Project Amazon. The Oticon Hearing Foundation will again underwrite the costs for the humanitarian mission that provides audiology care and hearing solutions to children and adults from some of Brazil’s most impoverished communities.
A team of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. According to the research team that designed the Captioning on Glass software system, a hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly into a smartphone. The speech is converted to text, sent to Glass and displayed on its heads-up display.
The type of sound processing that modern hearings aids provide to make speech more understandable may also make music enjoyment more difficult, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings, suggest that less sophisticated hearing aids might actually be more compatible with listening to music, especially recorded music that has been processed.
According to a report from researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, subjective screening questions do not reliably identify teenagers who are at risk for hearing loss. The results suggest that objective hearing tests should be refined for this age group to replace screening questions.
Starting in October 2014, Hamilton Relay is providing Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CTRS) for the District of Columbia.
Next week’s Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) Convention, held at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, will feature a special 1-hour presentation titled “10 Winning Tips for Patient Loyalty,” by Sergei Kochkin, PhD. The event, which is offered free of charge, will be held Thursday night at 7:00 PM at Veranda A&B directly following the Opening Reception in the exhibit hall. To RSVP, click on the event link in the article.
More than 300 hearing care professionals from the United States gathered in Spain for the 2014 OtiCongress. The event was held to help industry professionals gain a global perspective on the newest research on brain and hearing health from international experts on aging.
Julia Beall-McKelvey donated $15,000 to the International Hearing Society’s (IHS) advocacy fund in support of the Fit to Serve campaign which is designed to widen veterans’ access to hearing healthcare services via licensed hearing aid specialists.
On October 17, Oticon celebrated its seventh annual “Pink with a Purpose” pink-themed campaign with the presentation of a check for $10,000 to the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). As a further demonstration of Oticon’s commitment to help raise breast cancer awareness, more than 100 Oticon employees participated in the October 19 breast cancer walk in New York City.