Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities
World Wide Hearing received a $500,000 grant from to develop and test a low-cost, smartphone-enabled toolkit for diagnosing hearing loss. The kit aims to make help for hearing loss more affordable for those in low-income communities and developing countries.
middle ear infections
A new animal study from researchers at Georgia State University indicates that a drug used for treating stroke may work as a non-antibiotic treatment for middle ear infection, or otitis media.
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Phonak has issued a call for nominations for the 2016 Cheryl DeConde Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Educational and Pediatric Audiology. Deadline for nominations is December 1, 2015.
stuttering linked to rhythm perception deficit
Researchers at Michigan State University found that children who stutter have difficulty hearing a beat in music-like rhythms, which could account for their halting speech patterns.
GreenTec Awards
VARTA Micro Group is participating in the GreenTec Awards Gala in Berlin on May 29, 2015, where it is highlighting its "green" products, including its mercury-free zinc air hearing aid batteries and engion solar energy storage device.
Oticon's Focus on People Awards
The Oticon Focus on People national competition celebrates people with hearing loss who are changing perceptions and opening doors. The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2015.
OpenEars earphones
Wired Magazine reports on Binauric's new OpenEars earphones, which use 3D audio to deliver the natural binaural sound that our ears were designed to hear.
generating cells in the lab
A new, simpler protocol for generating inner ear hair cells to restore hearing has been developed by researchers from the Molecular Medicine Institute in Lisbon, Portugal, and the University College London Ear Institute in the UK.
Sivantos Active Kids and Teens workshop 2015
Sivantos Inc announced that 35 hearing care professionals from across the United States gathered at the company's headquarters in New Jersey for the second annual Active Kids and Teens workshop.
Chris Smith
Cochlear Limited announced that Chris Smith has been appointed CEO and president of the company, effective September 1, 2015, and current CEO and President Chris Roberts, PhD, will step down at the end of August 2015.
Some blind people can "see" what they hear.
Canadian researchers have determined that blind people who are good at echolocation can use the skill for more than navigating their environment—they can use echoes to "see" the shape and feel of objects.
MA 27
Maico Diagnostics has announced the release of the newly redesigned MA 27 air conduction audiometer, and its easyTymp Pro tympanometer. The updated products will be available in June 2015.
Audiology Patient Choice Act
The ADA reports that US Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) reintroduced the Audiology Patient Choice Act, HR 2519, on May 21, 2015. The bill is reportedly intended to bring Medicare in line with best practices in hearing health care.
Diagram for auditory brainstem implantation
According to an article published in the June 2015 edition of Operative Neurosurgery, a team of US and Japanese experts has mapped out the surgical anatomy and approaches for the auditory brainstem implant.
Thunderclap campaign
BHI asks that you sign up for its Discover the Can-Do You! Thunderclap campaign to help spread the hearing health message, which is slated to go out on Thursday, May 28.
What sound do you expect to hear?
Scientists are investigating auditory central processing in an effort to better understand whether our expectations of sound affect how, and what, we hear. Bournemouth University and Heidelberg University researchers are using computational neuroscience models to map the way the brain processes sound.
Life's Worth Hearing initiative
Cochlear Limited announced that, as part of its efforts during Better Hearing and Speech Month, a deaf contestant from CBS TV's “Survivor” show will be speaking to communities across the country about her cochlear implant in an effort to inspire them to take action for better hearing.
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Dr Chasin's blog answers the question: What is the “best” headphone that can be used for listening to music? He explains several important features, including broadband frequency response, a good seal to the ear canal, and appropriate sensitivity.
How does baby talk affect speech development?
Researchers from Washington State University have investigated whether fathers modify their speech in the same way that mothers do when talking to their young children. Results of this research on "baby talk" are being presented at the ASA Meeting held May 18-22, 2015 in Pittsburgh.

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Our brain reorganizes after hearing loss
Researchers from the University of Colorado exploring how our brains respond to hearing loss have found that the brain reorganizes, which may be related to a link between age-related hearing loss and dementia. The research was presented at the 169th ASA Meeting this week.