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Researchers in Japan have determined that the middle ear and eardrum evolved independently in mammals vs reptiles and birds, answering questions that have long mystified paleontologists.
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Researchers have taken advantage of a rare opportunity to record and map tinnitus in the brain of a patient undergoing surgery, with the goal of finding the brain networks responsible for this condition characterized by "phantom noise."
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An insect-inspired microphone that can tackle the problem of locating sounds and eliminating background noise may advance modern-day hearing aid systems.
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Psyx Research Inc has been tapped by Yota Devices to include its adaptive Earprint technology in the new YotaPhone 2, a “two-front” smartphone.
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This study reports that the Siemens binaural beamformer Narrow Directionality in a new 2-microphone device is as effective as in the RIC form factor.
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Clarity has named Jamie van den Bergh as the company’s new president. Van den Bergh succeeds Carsten Trads, who is retiring after more than a decade at the helm of Clarity.
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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (HR 2) was overwhelmingly approved on a 92-8 vote in the US Senate on April 14, repealing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and paving the way for ICD-10 code set implementation. However, an amendment to HR 2 that would have repealed Medicare’s Part B outpatient therapy caps was defeated.
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Both generic and proprietary prescriptions have over time decreased their prescribed gain, and the reduction has been largest in a fairly broad frequency range around 1 kHz.
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Auris Medical, a Switzerland-based clinical-stage company developing therapeutics for hearing conditions, announced publications in two peer-reviewed journals related to AM-101, the company's drug developed for treating acute inner ear tinnitus.
New Drugs in Pipeline
According to the 2015 Hearing Progress Report from Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID), the first drugs to treat or prevent hearing conditions could be available in 5 years.
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The Salus University Alumni Association announced its 2015 awards, and two of the recipients this year are audiologists who have largely contributed to the profession. The awards will be presented at the celebration dinner during Alumni Weekend, May 2-3, 2015.
Osteoporosis and sudden deafness are linked
According to a retrospective cohort study carried out in Taiwan, people with osteoporosis are at higher risk for sudden deafness.
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Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) reintroduced the bipartisan Hearing Aid Tax Credit (HR1882 or HATC) which would provide a $500 credit to people who need a hearing aid (or $1000 for a binaural fitting).
Immunostained mouse auditory nerve synapses after noise exposure
In a new genome-wide association study, an international team of neuroscientists found evidence that some people may be more genetically susceptible to noise-induced hearing loss than others.
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Sonova Holding AG announced that it successfully finalized the previously announced acquisition of Hansaton Akustik GmbH, a Hamburg, Germany-based wholesale hearing aid company.

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On April 27, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will hold a meeting and open session on "Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults" at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC at 10:30 AM Eastern.
An all-audiology choir opened the festivities during the 2015 AudiologyNOW! General Assembly.
A review of the American Academy of Audiology's AudiologyNOW! 2015 convention and a report on the Academy's General Assembly.
ReSound Smart App for Apple Watch
ReSound has introduced the ReSound Smart app for Apple Watch which allows users to take advantage of seamless, on-the-go control, right from their wrist.
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To support its ongoing growth, Listen Technologies appoints Andrew Glasmacher as product training manager to serve as an additional resource for dealers and end users.
Quarterly net unit sales of hearing aids, with the private/commercial market shown in blue, and the VA shown in red. Overall yearly sales percentage gains/losses are displayed at the top of the graph.
Hearing aid sales in the United States during the first quarter of 2015 increased by 11.32% compared to the same period last year, with nearly identical strong sales for both the private sector and the VA.