David G. Myers, PhD
In his WSJ article, titled "A Technological Godsend to Counter Hearing Loss," David Myers recounts his first experience using a hearing loop to magnetically transmit sound via a PA system to the telecoils in his hearing aids—instantly allowing him to hear a presenter's voice with greater clarity.
Beltone's HearPlus and Samsung Galaxy
Beltone announced it has expanded the number of Android devices that are compatible with its hearing solutions. Its HearPlus app compatible devices now include Samsung Galaxy S4, S6, S6 Edge, and Samsung Note 4.
Gayla H. Guignard
AG Bell announced Gayla H. Guignard as chief strategy officer beginning September 1, 2015. In this role, Guignard will work with the CEO in developing, promoting and delivering up-to-date and accurate content, and will serve as the content expert for AG Bell and the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.
Rob Walesa
Unitron, an advanced hearing solutions company based in Kitchener, Canada, has announced the appointment of hearing healthcare industry leader Jake Haycock to general manager of Unitron Canada, and the appointment of Rob Walesa to head of global customer experience.
Myelin Sheath on Nerve
Researchers at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) in Germany have found that the axons of auditory neurons in the brainstem, which respond to low and high-frequency sounds, differ in shape and these variations impact how quickly they conduct signals.
Friends of Hearing Health Caucus Tour Group
The Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus (FCHHC) hosted a tour of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) labs in Bethesda, MD, on August 20, 2015. The visit was attended by 25 Congressional staffers and hearing health advocates.
A new 20-minute webinar outlines a unique and practical approach to pricing hearing aids that is working well in a thriving practice, resulting in increased average selling prices (ASP), patient satisfaction, and reduced returns for credit. Presented by Gyl Kasewurm, AuD, the free webinar is available now on demand.
sudden sounds can create memories
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center say their study is the first to explore a connection between hearing and the formation of memories, and also the first to improve hearing by stimulating the locus coeruleus brain region and its neural network.
The HEARoes Tour is a mobile hearing health campaign sponsored by Phonak that travels around the country visiting air shows, schools and clinics totaling more than 60 stops and reaching more than five million people in an effort to help raise awareness around hearing health and prevention.
A 12-week nationwide “HEARoes Tour” that kicked off last weekend at the Chicago Air & Water Show encourages veterans and their families to test their hearing.
Gyl Kasewurm, AuD
Dr Gyl Kasewurm is providing a 20-minute webinar about how she uses many different marketing methods—ranging from conventional external and internal marketing to an “intentional patient referral program”—in order to raise the profile of her business, gain new clients, and increase patient satisfaction.
speech amplification provides more information about the words we hear
The first and best thing we can do for people with hearing loss is to provide them with a well-amplified speech signal, says Andrea Pittman, PhD. Even subtle improvements like widening the bandwidth can make a significant difference and provide patients with more information about the words they hear.
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Jason Galster, PhD, says it appears likely that patients with lower cognitive function would benefit from a longer period of counseling, education, and training on topics such as expectations for hearing rehabilitation, hearing aid care, and use of hearing aids, including manual adjustments and battery changes.
Gabrielle Saunders, PhD
Because factors like cognition, health literacy, vision, and hearing aid handling ability influence hearing aid outcomes, professionals have a responsibility to address these issues during hearing aid instruction and counseling, says Gabrielle Saunders, PhD.
The brain, aging, cognition and listening ability
Studies demonstrate that, even in the absence of elevated audiometric thresholds, various levels of speech processing are affected by age and co-occur with changes in cognition and a decline in the sensitivity to supra-threshold temporal cues. Christian Füllgrabe, PhD, says that, from a clinical perspective, this indicates a need for diagnostic tests in addition to the audiogram when assessing the hearing of older people.
Can hearing aids delay the onset of cognitive decline?
Three hot research topics in cognition and hearing healthcare that could fundamentally change our field. A perspective by Gurjit Singh, PhD, CASLPO.
Jet pilots exposed to jet fuel may be at risk for brain impairment
A research audiologist investigating the combined effects of jet fuel and jet noise on hearing finds that the brain and cognitive function are affected by sustained exposure to even low levels of fuel hydrocarbons.
The brain, cognition and amplification
Guest editor Doug Beck, AuD, provides Chapter 1 in an expert roundtable series of seven chapters that review the key points addressed during the 2015 AudiologyNOW! session titled “Issues, Advances, and Considerations in Cognition and Amplification.”
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According to Brent Edwards, PhD, if we are to fully understand patient treatment, we must now consider the relationship between cognitive function and hearing ability, and the relationship between cognitive function and hearing aid technology.
BE-BWH Bluetooth Headset
Big Ear Inc launched BE-BWH, a custom fit wireless Bluetooth headset that’s been designed for motorcycle riders, runners, and people on the go. The headset can be wirelessly paired with a phone, tablet, communications system, or other Bluetooth device.

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In response to a question from Hearing Review, CDC says if hearing loss had been included in the BRFSS survey, it may have resulted in inaccurate estimates of the prevalence of disabilities. It says it is currently exploring with states and territories the feasibility of including a question about hearing acuity on future BRFSS questionnaires.