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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.
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.
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.
Hansaton ease hearing systems
Hansaton announced the launch of ease, a new generation platform for hearing systems that includes functions designed to allow wearers to enjoy surround sound and clear speech, regardless of the environmental situation.
Sonova Holding AG
In a recap of an eventful year, Sonova Group reports solid sales results for 2014/15, with $2.17 billion in sales—an increase of 4.3% in Swiss francs or 6.2% in local currencies. The Group's hearing aid division saw revenues increase by 6.9% in local currencies to $1.97 billion. Sonova expects to grow by 7-9% in 2015/16.
Foreign accents harder to remember
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found that listening to accented speech is harder for the brain to process than native speech, making information harder to remember. Preliminary findings of this study are being presented at the 169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Your Hearing Network (YHN)
Your Hearing Network (YHN), a new managed care third-party administrator designed for independent hearing care practices nationwide, has recently launched with more than 1,000 hearing healthcare providers already onboard.
Relax tinnitus app
Starkey Hearing Technologies has introduced Relax, a mobile app designed to help provide personalized tinnitus relief and comprehensive tinnitus education. Relax has 12 relief sounds, and is the company's next step in providing tinnitus management strategies that are unique to each user’s tinnitus symptoms.
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Choosing the correct sound to use in sound therapy can often have a significant impact on treatment outcomes. Flexibility in today’s technology presents an array of sounds and tinnitus solutions for patients to choose from, allowing for true personalization.
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This article provides a primer on sound therapy for tinnitus, including approaches to setting the sound therapy signal for patients with and without hearing loss. It also looks at therapy signal alternatives, including the new Ocean Waves Therapy Signals in the Sivantos binax devices.
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The first publication of MT9 shows that the majority (81%) of hearing aid users are satisfied with their devices and confirms that hearing aids are positively impacting their overall quality of life in several ways. MT9 also sheds light on the influence of care providers, as well as some challenges.
Starkey Halo hearing aid
Starkey Hearing Technologies announced that it has been named one of The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2015 Eureka! Award winners for its Halo hearing aid.
Salus University
Several organizations were involved in the Salus Veterans Readiness Initiative Multisensory Screening and Care pilot program, which offered free multisensory screenings (vision, hearing, balance) and rehabilitation to student veterans.
One digital stethoscope with headphones
Thinklabs Medical created the One, a digital stethoscope with good sound quality and more than 100 times the amplification of traditional stethoscopes that is well suited to clinicians with hearing loss.

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Noise affects taste buds
Savory or sweet? A Cornell University food study found that loud noise affects your taste buds, making you crave savory over sweet foods. Airline passengers enduring 85-decibel cabin noise prefer savory tomato juice.
Babies prefer listening to other babies
Baby Talk: A study from McGill University found that pre-lingual babies like listening to other babies more than they like listening to adults--a finding that offers insight into early language development.
Turtle Beach
Turtle Beach Corporation announced a new partnership with American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA) in advance of launching HyperSound Clear, a directed audio solution designed to improve sound clarity and speech intelligibility for people with hearing loss.
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A research team led by scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has determined how the brain balances hearing between our ears, which is essential for localizing sound, hearing in noisy conditions, and protecting our ears from noise damage.
tinnitus
An international research study has led to a breakthrough that gives new insight into how tinnitus, and the often co-occurring hyperacusis, might develop. The new findings may lead to a testable model.