Researchers Developing Middle-Ear Microphone for Cochlear Implants

Currently, surgically implanted cochlear implant microphones and related electronics must be worn outside the head, raising reliability issues, and social and cosmetic considerations, and preventing patients from swimming. Now, a University of Utah engineer and colleagues in Ohio have developed a tiny prototype microphone that can be implanted in the middle ear.

Cochlear Implants for FAO Patients

Clinical researchers from University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center in Cleveland report that cochlear implantation provides an effective and safe way of restoring hearing in patients with far advanced otosclerosis (FAO), a hereditary condition that can lead to severe hearing loss.

Oticon Donated $25,000 to AAAF at “Rock NOW!”

The totals are in: Over 2,500 hearing care professionals rocked for a cause at Oticon’s “Rock NOW!” benefit during the 2012 AAA conference, where Oticon donated $10 to the Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF) for each party attendee.

Ear Gear Redesigns Website

Ear Gear, a manufacturer of hearing instrument moisture and dust protection sleeves, has launched a redesigned website.

WHO Adapts Ida Motivational Tools to Empower Patients to Change Behavior

The World Health Organizations Regional Office for Europe recently released an educational textbook describing how health professionals can use the Ida Motivation Tools (the Line, the Box, and the Circle) to better understand and empower patients to change their lifestyle and behavior.