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Baha 5
Implantable hearing products company Cochlear Limited announced the availability of the Baha 5 Power and Baha 5 SuperPower sound processors--recently added to the company's bone conduction solutions.
Neil Maes with mom, Christy Maes
The ACI Alliance recently profiled Neil Maes, an 11-year-old boy who was born deaf, but has worked hard to develop spoken language. His mastery of spoken language is so successful that in May 2016 he competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.
SmartMove Cloud
A new YouTube video from Smart Diagnostic Devices illustrates the benefits of audiometric data management on the Cloud using the SmartMove Cloud product. Data stored on the audiometer cannot be accessed from a remote location. SmartCloud aims to change that.
Salus University
Salus University collaborated with two Pennsylvania community colleges and the VA Medical Center on hearing health screenings for student veterans as part of the Veterans Readiness Initiative (VRI) Multisensory Screening & Care program.
Simon Ollert, soccer player
Phonak has joined youth team player Simon Ollert in welcoming children with hearing loss from 6 countries to a 3-day soccer training camp in Germany. Their goal is to help children with hearing loss make progress in their personal development.
Oticon Opn
Oticon announces the launch of Oticon Opn, the first Internet of Things (IoT) hearing aid, which can be programmed to communicate directly with a range of connected devices such as baby alarms, smoke detectors, and other safety technologies.
Champion Athlete Hunter Taylor
MED-EL is sponsoring volleyball athlete Hunter Taylor for the 2016 Pan Am Games in June and World Deaf Championships in July. Richmond-based Taylor, age 21, also has his sights set on Samsun, Turkey in 2017 – the 23rd Summer Deaflympics.
Oticon Focus on People Awards
Voting is open for the 2016 Oticon Focus on People Awards on the Oticon website, where visitors can cast their vote for the 12 finalists who represent the "best of the best" in 4 categories: Student, Adult, Advocacy, and Practitioner. Voting is open until August 15.
Starkey Halo 2
Starkey's Halo 2 Made for iPhone hearing aid has been named by Inc. magazine as one of the “Top 7 Most Brilliant Product Designs of 2016.” The Halo 2 won for innovative use of mobile and hearing technology.
Earlens light-driven hearing device
According to the FierceMedicalDevices website, which covers the medical devices and diagnostics industries, Earlens raised $51 million in debt and equity to back the launch of its light-driven hearing aid, which it will offer at a slightly higher price than existing options.
AM-111 clinical trial for sudden hearing loss
Auris Medical announced it has initiated patient enrollment in the ASSENT Phase 3 clinical trial of AM-111, a drug for treating idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss, or sudden deafness. The drug must be administered within 72 hours after onset of hearing loss.
TPA Sound Therapy Expo
The Tinnitus Practitioners Association has announced that the second annual TPA: Sound Therapy Symposium and Exposition will be held September 14 – 16, 2016 in Memphis, Tenn, at The Peabody Memphis Hotel.
Infant Hearing Screening
Researchers at Cincinnati Children's found that for newborns who fail initial hearing screenings at birth hospitals, targeted intervention helps improve follow-up rates by 70%, particularly for infants of low-income mothers.
Telemedicine included in doctor training
Recognizing that formal training in telemedicine is not widely offered to physicians-in-training, the American Medical Association adopted a new policy to ensure medical students learn to use telecare.
Kevin, Tim, Mike Deshler
Audiology Systems has expanded its team in the Southeastern US with the addition of new account executives Tim, Mike and Kevin Deshler. They will work closely with Regional Sales Director Ron Taylor to represent Audiology Systems in the Southeast.

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Li Qi, PhD
Audioscan announced the appointment of Li Qi, PhD, as the company’s Chief Audiologist and Educator for Asia, where he will help advance training in real ear measurement and hearing aid fitting.
Sonic Cheer Hearing Aids
Sonic's newest addition to the Cheer family, the Cheer20 miniRITE hearing aid, combines technology, convenience and value, creating opportunities for more users to experience natural sound, along with features not always expected in an entry-level model.
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Remote microphone technology is an effective method of maximizing the help hearing aids can provide in demanding scenarios. Users can reconnect to favorite activities even in background noise, multiple talker activities, and more. Here are tips on the technology.
Jim Tincher
Unitron and hearing healthcare professionals embraced a vision for industry change at the recent Engage conference, which focused on empowering hearing care practitioners to create patient advocates to grow their practice.
Table 4
This study evaluates 11 low-end and high-end hearing aids and PSAPs, and shows that all high-end hearing aids were able to fit most audiometric configurations, and 2 high-end PSAPs and 1 app were able to fit up to a moderate loss configuration.