A team led by scientists at the University of Michigan demonstrates the key role of protein called NT3 in ear-to-brain communication, and as a target for future treatments.
According to the HIA, total hearing aid units dispensed are 3.9% above last years’ figures. Commercial sector (non-VA sales) hearing aid unit sales are 2.5% higher that they were at this point last year; the VA’s dispensing activity has increased by 9.3%.
If you are one of those hearing care professionals who secretly groan when your patients tell you they think their hearing loss is due to the chronic ear infections they suffered as children, groan no longer. They just may be right. Findings from the ongoing 1947 Newcastle Thousand Families Study show that those who suffered from infections as a child were more likely to have a hearing loss in their 60s.
Introduced in this paper are two key features of the new Siemens binax system: 1) Narrow Directionality, an enhanced binaural beamforming algorithm designed for very difficult listening situations, and 2) Spatial SpeechFocus, a self-steering binaural beamforming algorithm designed especially for situations with talkers from side and back directions in noisy environments.
Søren Østergaard, a veteran in the hearing industry and global sales, is Unitron’s new vice president of international sales. Maija Michell, who spent 14 years with Psion (now Motorola), is the company’s new head of global human resources.
The Venture hearing aid line from Phonak is said to offer twice the processing power and up to 30% less battery consumption. Audeo V runs on AutoSense OS, which represents the company’s next generation of automation technology designed to provide consumers with maximum convenience and a seamless listening experience.
Siemens Hearing Instruments has introduced its new binax hearing aid platform that reportedly provides hearing aid wearers in cocktail-party-like situations with better speech recognition than people with normal hearing.
As one of the key events on the worldwide hearing industry calendar, EUHA provides its members and attendees with a wide selection of educational venues presented by world experts from academia, industry, and dispensing practices.
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that consumption of 2 or more servings of fish per week was associated with a lower risk of hearing loss in women. “Consumption of any type of fish (tuna, dark fish, light fish, or shellfish) tended to be associated with lower risk. These findings suggest that diet may be important in the prevention of acquired hearing loss,” stated lead-author Sharon Curhan.
Influenza infection can enhance the ability of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae to cause ear and throat infections, according to new research.