Feel like the year slipped away too quickly? Or maybe you were so put-off by the news in 2018 that it even crept into your reading about the world of hearing healthcare. If that’s the case, here’s some great news: We’ve put together a list of those news articles you should have read (Editor’s Picks) as well as a list of articles that were most frequently visited online (by both consumers and hearing care professionals) during the past year. Here they are:

Editor’s Picks for News Articles in 2018

In chronological order:

Passings: Jerry Laux, Jay McSpaden, Andy Rihs, Creig Dunckel, Sallie Frye, and Rich Burba

Google’s Picks: Top-15 Most Popular Hearing Review Online News Articles in 2018

The following is a list of the Hearing Review news articles with the greatest number of online visitors in 2018. Editor’s Note: Because this list is based COMPLETELY on the number of online readers, those articles published in the early months of the year have a large advantage over those published later in the year (in fact, only four articles published after August appears on the list). Additionally, because consumers—who vastly outnumber hearing care professionals—often search for information about specific products online, product-specific articles (eg, product launches and announcements) move to the top in these types of lists.

  1. Letters: Costco Replies to Hearing Review Article “The Costco Effect” (March 15, 2018)
  2. Starkey Launches Livio AI Hearing Aid with Integrated Sensors and Artificial Intelligence (August 28, 2018)
  3. Signia Launches Silk Nx Hearing Aids (April 20, 2018)
  4. Eargo Launches Eargo Max Hearing Device (January 12, 2018)
  5. Sivantos and Widex Announce Plans to Merge (May 16, 2018)
  6. GN Hearing Launches ReSound LiNX Quattro (August 13, 2018)
  7. Phonak Launches Marvel with Universal Binaural Streaming and New Level of Sound Quality (October 16, 2018)
  8. Sivantos Launches New Form Factor with Signia Styletto SLIM RIC (August 27, 2018)
  9. William Demant and Philips Enter into Hearing Aid Branding Partnership (August 3, 2018)
  10. Oticon Launches ConnectClip Connectivity Device (January 12, 2018)
  11. Blog: Gleanings from Bose Leaders about the Bose Hearing Aid (October 18, 2018)
  12. New Self-fitting Hearing Aid Class and Special Controls Described by FDA Letter (October 21,2018)
  13. FDA Issues Letter to “OTC Hearing Aid” Manufacturers (July 25, 2018)
  14. Expert Insight #3: How many hearing aids are now rechargeable, and what can a hearing aid user do to ensure the rechargeable battery lasts all day? (May 3, 2018)
  15. FDA Approves First Self-fit Hearing Aid; Grants ‘De Novo’ Status to Bose Hearing Aid (October 5, 2018)

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