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.
ClarityLife with Ensemble phone
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.
The Dallas Morning News
In a September 21, 2015 article for The Dallas Morning News, writer Thor Christensen discusses the annoying decibel levels and potential harm caused by modern hand dryers in public places. The noise produced by many of these new hand dryers can reach 100 decibels, and the machines are a growing nuisance for millions of people with tinnitus or hyperacusis.
HyperSound system by Turtle Beach
Turtle Beach Corporation, an audio technology company based in San Diego, Calif, has announced a new partnership with Beltone New England, which will carry HyperSound Clear in their locations across the east coast when it becomes available this fall.
EarLens CHD
The FDA announced that it is allowing the marketing of a new hearing aid that uses a laser diode and direct vibration of the eardrum to amplify sound: the EarLens Contact Hearing Device (CHD), which is manufactured by EarLens Corp, Menlo Park, Calif.
Young woman learning sign language
In a new study, linguists investigated intonation--a key part of prosody--in American Sign Language (ASL) and found that native ASL signers learn intonation in much the same way that users of spoken languages do.
In response to a statement from HIA, the Academy outlines why the formation of earVenture is in keeping with both the goals and objectives of the Academy, as well as in the best interests of consumers and the industry. It also raises its own concerns about HIA’s interference, asking that the industry trade association “reassess its position towards ADA’s actions, motives or objectives with regard to its relationship to earVenture.”
Otoharmonics Levo System
Otoharmonics Corporation, Portland, Ore, has announced that a new peer-reviewed study using its Levo System for tinnitus showed a reduction in tinnitus symptoms and improvement in daily outlook for many study participants.
Model results showing auditory system of early humans, chimpanzees, modern humans.
Anthropologists from Binghamton University in New York conducted research into the sensory perception of early humans using several two-million-year-old fossil hominins to reveal how the human hearing pattern resembles chimpanzees, but with some slight, important differences.

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Geriatric Otolaryngology
Thieme Publishers is introducing 10 new titles at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO taking place in Dallas, Texas on September 27-30, 2015. Featured among the new titles are "Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery" and "Geriatric Otolaryngology."