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NASEM Report Recommends Update In Hearing Test

As cochlear implant technology has significantly improved, the US Social Security Administration (SSA) should use a more difficult test than the Hearing in Noise Test (HINT) to make disability benefit determinations in adults and children after cochlear implant surgery, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

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Lantos Technologies Relaunches So Professionals Can “Own the Ear” with Custom ITE/RIC Fittings

Lantos Technologies wants hearing care professionals to "own the ear" by providing better technology for the 3D scanning and replication of the dynamic ear canal–for improved sound quality, reduced feedback, and better comfort and retention for the wearer. Learn more about the Lantos relaunch and watch a short interview of company CEO Paul Harkness who provides his perspectives on customizing hearing aid fittings for enhanced patient-centered care and greater customer satisfaction.

An Interview with Michael Valente, PhD: Considerations after 45 Years in Audiology

On July 31st, Michael Valente will retire after 45 years in audiology and 34 years at Washington University. In this article, Douglas Beck conducts an “exit interview” with one of our most distinguished clinician-researchers about his journey in the profession, the Best Practices documents which he spearheaded, OTC devices, and the future of hearing healthcare.

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Empowering the Wearer: AI-based Signia Assistant Allows Individualized Hearing Care

Results of this study show the Signia Assistant smartphone app ensures the end-user safely gets the best possible solution for any given situation, marking an important step in going from assumption-based to data-driven knowledge—and moving away from a “one-size-fits-all approach” to precisely tuned hearing for each individual via artificial intelligence.

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Study Shows How Tests of Hearing Can Reveal HIV’s Effects on the Brain

When comparing the FFR results of 68 HIV-positive adults to 59 HIV-negative adults, the investigators found that the auditory-neurophysiological responses to certain speech cues were disrupted in HIV-positive adults, even though they performed normally on hearing tests—confirming that these hearing difficulties are grounded in the central nervous system.

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Cochlear Announces FDA Approval of Three New Products

The approval of the Cochlear Nucleus Kanso 2 Sound Processor, Nucleus 7 Sound Processor for Nucleus 22 Implant recipients, and Custom Sound Pro fitting software reflects Cochlear’s “ongoing commitment to innovation in hearing technology, providing access to smartphone connectivity and helping to improve hearing performance, and enhancing the cochlear implant fitting experience for hearing health professionals.”

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ADA Provides Guidelines for Telehealth Procedures

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) has published guidelines for telehealth procedures that can be provided with existing technologies—such as hearing aid checks and examinations—as well as those that will require special equipment or technology, like pure-tone audiometry and diagnostic analysis of cochlear implants.

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