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Marvel’s Newest Super Hero Has Hearing Loss

On October 18, 2014, the Ear Institute at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) hosted an event by the Children’s Hearing Institute (CHI) and Marvel Custom Solutions to uncover the identity of Sapheara, a new girl super hero with cochlear implants.

A Young Peruvian Girl Receives the Gift of Hearing

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Thousands Received Free Hearing Aids from Audigy Group and the Starkey Hearing Foundation

Audigy Group partnered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation on two missions to Peru this summer to provide free hearing aids to nearly 5,000 people in need. The missions were part of the foundation’s “Operation Change” efforts, which are supported by celebrities and philanthropists like former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Forest Whitaker, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and John Legend.

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Childhood Ear Infections and Tonsillitis Linked to Hearing Loss

If you are one of those hearing care professionals who secretly groan when your patients tell you they think their hearing loss is due to the chronic ear infections they suffered as children, groan no longer. They just may be right. Findings from the ongoing 1947 Newcastle Thousand Families Study show that those who suffered from infections as a child were more likely to have a hearing loss in their 60s.

Figure 2a-c. Narrow Directionality output signal characteristic. a) Monaural directional output characteristic; b) Binaural beamforming output characteristic; c) binax Narrow Directionality: Binaural beamforming combined with Binaural Noise Reduction.

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New Binaural Strategies for Enhanced Hearing

Introduced in this paper are two key features of the new Siemens binax system: 1) Narrow Directionality, an enhanced binaural beamforming algorithm designed for very difficult listening situations, and 2) Spatial SpeechFocus, a self-steering binaural beamforming algorithm designed especially for situations with talkers from side and back directions in noisy environments.