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Joy Glen
Auditdata’s increasing activities in the US have been fueled by its acquisition of Otovation, and its relatively new partnership with Sycle.net--growth that demanded a strengthening of the US team, which Joy Glen joined as VP of US Sales in March 2016.
Audiologist in video
In this new product launch teaser video, audiologists and hearing conservation practitioners cite barriers to efficient audiogram data management. The video, titled "Resolve Audiometric Data Management Challenges with SmartMove Cloud: 1," can be viewed on YouTube.
Meditators with hearing loss can reap benefits
Meditation has been shown to cause physiological and neurological changes, enhancing a range of cognitive processes and self-regulation abilities, including temporal resolution ability, speech perception in noise, cognition, and auditory processing.
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New research shows it is reasonable to expect the same speech recognition benefit for individuals with severe hearing impairment when using binax beamforming technology as previously reported for those with mild-to-moderate losses.
anticancer drug may halt hearing loss in NF2
Because the literature shows the benefits of DNR include more rapid word learning rates, less listening effort, better recall of words, improved SNR at the hearing aid output, and more, audiologists Beck and Behrens suggest including activation of the DNR circuit as the “go-to” setting for adults and children.
Babies' brains are boosted by music
A study from the University of Washington (UW) has shown that play sessions with music improved 9-month-old babies’ brain processing of both music and new speech sounds, supporting the importance of early experiences in music programs.
Rheumatoid arthritis and hearing loss
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the most common autoimmune arthritis, can impact the auditory system. According to a new study, sensorineural hearing loss is the most common related health issue in RA patients.
diabetes is linked to hearing loss
A review of studies by researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center into possible links between diabetes and hearing loss concludes there is evidence that diabetes can damage hearing, and that clinicians should include hearing testing in managing type 2 diabetes.
John Niparko, MD
The Keck School of Medicine at USC in Los Angeles has announced the sudden and tragic passing of John K. Niparko, MD, who led the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
NYT
Covering AudiologyNOW! 2016, The New York Times reports that hearing aid technologies at the event were impressive, but the real issue on attendees' minds was how consumer electronics are encroaching on the industry by offering less expensive PSAPs.
CAA
The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-language Pathology (CAA) announced the release of its revised Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (Standards).
Oticon Opn
Spotlighted in exhibits at AudiologyNOW! 2016 were hearing instruments and accessories with advanced technologies, wireless connectivity, and open-fit designs. Rechargeable hearing aid batteries and systems also took center stage.
FDA
On April 21, 2016, the FDA held a Public Workshop on "Streamlining Good Manufacturing Practices for Hearing Aids," which also examined recommendations by PCAST to deregulate hearing aids.
ANAwareness Week, May 8-14
A national campaign raises awareness of acoustic neuroma, a type of brain tumor, during ANAwareness Week May 8-14. This type of tumor occurs on the hearing and balance nerves, causing significant problems for some patients, including hearing loss.
COSM 2016 is in Chicago
The 2016 Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM)—a joint meeting of 8 otolaryngological societies—will be held May 18-22 in Chicago. The Hyatt Regency Chicago will house all scientific sessions and technical exhibits, and serve as COSM headquarters.

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Christopher M. Eckert, MS, CCC-A
The American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA) announced that at its 21st Annual AHAA Convention held earlier this year, the organization recognized the outstanding achievements of seven audiologists who own independent hearing healthcare practices.
US quarterly net unit sales of hearing aids, 2007-present. Hearing aid sales in the first quarter (Q1) increased by 10.8% for the private/commercial sector and 5.3% for the VA, for total market growth of 9.7%.
US hearing aid net unit sales grew by as much as 9.7% in the first 3 months of 2016 compared to the same period last year, with the private/commercial sector leading the way with a 10.8% increase.
International Subcommittee
During the AudiologyNOW! 2016 Convention held in Phoenix, Ariz, April 13-16, members of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) International Subcommittee gathered for the International Reception at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel to meet and greet friends from around the globe.
Teresa Ching, PhD
Teresa Ching, PhD, head of hearing rehabilitation procedures research at the NAL in Australia, gave the 10th Annual Marion Downs lecture, “Population Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss: Early Treatment is Critical but Not Sufficient” on April 15, 2016 at AudiologyNOW! in Phoenix.
Essentials of Audiology, 4th Edition
Thieme has released "Essentials of Audiology, Fourth Edition," a book described as encompassing "...everything from hearing science and psychoacoustics to hearing conservation and basic audiometry...explaining it at a beginner's level while providing a more in-depth look for the more experienced."