Starkey Hearing Foundation announced that NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon and Listen Carefully are partnering to promote healthy hearing and raise awareness about noise-induced hearing loss. Gordon reports in the announcement that his work space is usually made up of loud engines and tens-of-thousands of screaming fans, and he must take extra care to protect his hearing.
Focus on People Awards 2015
Oticon announced that the 2015 Oticon Focus on People Awards honored 12 individuals for helping to change the perception of what it means to have a hearing loss at a special October 8 awards ceremony at the Oticon Inc US headquarters.
Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center
Phonak and Advanced Bionics have announced they are co-sponsoring the first International Conference on Adults with Complex Hearing Needs, which is scheduled for December 6-8, 2015 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) issued an update on results achieved from its efforts to urge the CDC to stop excluding hearing loss from its surveys. The HLAA reports that in August 2015, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the results of a survey that asked questions for the first time about disabilities, questions about hearing loss had been excluded from the survey.
stereocilia of the inner ear
A research team led by scientists at the NIDCD has discovered that a protein essential for building key hearing structures in the inner ear also plays a critical role in maintaining them throughout life. This discovery could open up new approaches to preserving hearing and preventing common forms of hearing loss.
Starkey Hearing Innovation Expo
Starkey Hearing Technologies announced that it is hosting the 3rd Hearing Innovation Expo in Las Vegas January 20-24, 2016. The event is intended for independent hearing professionals, and aims to bring together Fortune 500 executives, scientists, industry experts, and thought leaders to share ideas that can be put into action.
Judith Gravel
The 7th Annual Judith Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has been announced. Applications for the 2016-2017 fellowship are being accepted now through October 31, 2015.
The European Union of Hearing Aid Acousticians (EUHA) will host its 60th annual convention in Nuremberg, Germany, on October 14-16.
EarLens Hearing System showing tympanic lens
On September 29, 2015 the FDA announced the clearance of the EarLens Hearing System through the 510(k) De Novo process. In response to the many questions it received following the FDA announcement, EarLens Corporation issued additional information about its new hearing system, expected to reach the market in 2016.
Vincent Gaggero
Unitron has announced the acceleration of its international growth strategy with the appointment of Vincent Gaggero to the role of general manager at Unitron France. Gaggero will be responsible for sales, marketing, and technical and distribution services.
Surgery for Cochlear and Other Auditory Implants
Thieme Publishers announced its launch of a new book, Surgery for Cochlear and Other Auditory Implants, which provides an overview of anatomy and other information for cochlear and other auditory implantation. The book is intended to be a comprehensive, high-level surgical reference and atlas tailored for surgeons who are undertaking training for cochlear implant procedures and implantable auditory devices.
ReSound Enya wireless hearing aids
GN ReSound headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark announced the global launch of ReSound Enya hearing aids with features and wireless technologies that were previously only available at higher price points, but are now available in lower-priced solutions. Users can stream sound from the TV, mobile phone or music player directly to ReSound Enya hearing aids with ReSound Unite wireless accessories, and use a smartphone to control the hearing aid volume and program settings.
Unitron's Stride ITE hearing aids
Unitron unveiled Stride, a new family of BTE and ITE hearing instruments built on the company's North sound processing platform. Unitron reports that Stride follows the company's patient-centric design philosophy and utilizes technologies that let patients focus on conversations in all listening environments.
Martha McGarity
Martha McGarity, former sales director of The Hearing Journal, passed away on September 2nd in Sacramento, Calif, after a long battle with cancer.
Listen Technologies
Listen Technologies Corporation announced the appointment of Ampetronic, a hearing loop systems manufacturer and supplier, as its UK distributor through the formation of a new company, Ampetronic Assistive Listening. The appointment was effective October 1, 2015.
Allegations in a lawsuit filed against Starkey Hearing Technologies suggest the surprise firings in September, which included Starkey President Jerry Ruzicka and Operations VP Keith Guggenberger, were the result of an inter-office power struggle that created a schism inside the company. Guggenberger has filed a $10.9 million wrongful breach of contract complaint against the company.
Beltone has announced the launch of Beltone Ally, a line of hearing aids that use 2.4 GHz direct wireless technology and advanced sound processing features. According to Beltone, the full product line offers a selection of hearing aid models that can fit more than 90% of all patients with hearing loss, ranging from mild to severe.
UK Demonstration against hearing aid cuts
The British Academy of Audiology (BAA) has announced that North Staffordshire CCG, a local health authority in the United Kingdom, will be making hearing aid cuts through a new regulation, effective October 1, 2015, that denies free hearing aids or follow-up care to thousands of people with hearing loss who are currently covered by the country’s National Health Service (NHS).
Benson Medical Instruments, which designs and manufactures audiometers, spirometers, and software to manage hearing conservation and occupational spirometry programs for companies, has announced a new ID masking feature in its software for occupational hearing tests that helps protect employees’ private data.

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Clarity has launched ClarityLife, a new platform for the company's Ensemble home phone that allows family members to check on seniors living alone. The platform keeps family members up-to-date with their older loved one’s activities through check-ins, medication and appointment notifications, compliance monitoring, and the ability to share social messages, photos, and videos.