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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.
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.
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.”
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.
Oticon's Focus on People Awards
Oticon announced that voting is now open for the 2015 Oticon "Focus on People" Awards. Website visitors are invited to cast their vote for the 12 finalists who represent the "best of the best" from this year's nominations in each of four categories – Student, Adult, Advocacy, and Practitioner.
Advanced Bionics sound processors
Advanced Bionics will distribute the Naída CI Q90 sound processor later this year in the US and Canada. The Naída CI Q30 is designed to meet the needs of the global market and will be available in specific markets outside of North America.
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Previous tinnitus studies have demonstrated the benefits of fractal tones and Widex Zen Therapy (WZT) when used in conjunction with amplification, but there have been no studies on the use of fractal tones alone for tinnitus sufferers who do not require or wish to consider amplification. Until now...
Loopworks Measure R1 receiver
Loopworks Measure is intended to bring improved value, performance measurement, and ease of use to create an end-to-end Hearing Loop measurement system. Powered by Ampetronic, Loopworks Measure works with an iOS phone or tablet running iOS 8.0 or later.
iPhone's Siri is hard to communicate with in noise
Talking to the iPhone's Siri will soon be easier in noisy environments, thanks to new sensory technology from Duke University that reportedly solves the problem of crowd noise. Hearing devices may benefit from the same sensor they are developing.

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Todd Murray
Todd Murray, a well-respected and long-time leader in the hearing industry, has decided to resign from his position as president of Beltone and GN North America senior vice president. GN says it respects his decision and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.
brain plasticity and hearing loss
Biologists at KU Leuven in Belgium have discovered a molecular "on-off switch" that controls how a mouse brain responds to vision loss, and their findings help inform our understanding of how the brain responds to hearing loss and hearing implants.
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GN Store Nord reported 8% organic growth and increased its EBITA by 7% in the second quarter of 2015, but fell short of the high expectations of the financial community. GN also reported the discovery that Beltone’s VP of Finance had committed accounting fraud, resulting in a one-time Q2 loss of $22.3 million and Todd Murray's resignation as senior VP of the company.
determining sound source
The Hearing Loss Association of America notes that the CDC ignored hearing loss as a disability in its recent study on prevalence of disabilities and disability types, and urges people to take action by contacting the White House and the CDC to ensure they rectify the error.
Sanuthera
Sanuthera, an Ohio-based manufacturer of medical devices that treat tinnitus, received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its Serenity device, allowing the company to market it, subject to the general controls provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.