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Decibel Therapeutics Snags $55 Million Series C Financing for Hearing Drug Development

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — Biotech startup, Decibel Therapeutics, announced that it has raised $55M in a Series C financing round. According to the announcement, all the existing investors–Third rock Ventures, GV, SR One and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals–participated in the financing round and were joined alongside new investors: Foresite Capital, Bessemer Trust, Schroder Adveq, SCubed Capital, Longevity, and…

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Clearwater Clinical Announces Updated Shoebox Audiometry, Version 5.0

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Clearwater Clinical announced today that it has released version 5.0 of its flagship product, SHOEBOX Audiometry. According to the announcement, Version 5.0 adds a new feature known as Response and Response and Environment Adaptive Control Technology (REACT). The new REACT feature is said to continuously monitor patient response behavior, in addition to…

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GN Hearing, Oticon, Win Gold at 2018 Stevie Awards

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK — The American Business Awards honored the Oticon Opn, GN ReSound Linx 3D and Beltone Trust with Gold Stevie Awards. Since 2002, the Stevie Awards recognize the accomplishments and contributions of companies and business people worldwide and are report to receive more than 10,000 entries annually. According to the announcement,…

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United Healthcare Revealed as Buyer of EPIC Hearing from Sonova

During an investor presentation at this year’s American Academy of Audiology (AAA) conference in Nashville, Sonova said that it had reached an agreement to sell it’s hearing benefits subsidiary company, Epic Hearing, to a “large US insurer”. However, the details of the agreement and name of the company acquiring EPIC were not revealed at that…

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Ida Institute Announces 2018 Research Grant Recipients

NAERUM, DENMARK — In January, the Ida Institute Research Committee announced that they were accepting proposals for research projects investigating outcomes of the use of Ida tools. Research grants were to be awarded to projects that “develop evidence related to Ida Institute methods and tools and aim to demonstrate the effect of person-centered care in…

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The Link Between Sudden Hearing Loss and Anxiety, Depression

Hearing loss of sudden onset, known as idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss, is a potentially catastrophic medical condition characterized as a sensorineural hearing loss of sudden onset of at least 30 dB in three sequential frequencies over a period of three days or less. According to Taiwanese epidemiological data, the annual incidence rates of sudden…

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Prestigious Kavli Prize in Neuroscience Awarded to Trio of Researchers for Work on Molecular and Neural Mechanisms of Hearing

OSLO, NORWAY — The Kavli Prizes recognize scientists for pioneering advances and are presented every two years in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Laureates are chosen by committees whose members are recommended by six of the world’s most renowned science societies and academies. This year, a trio of scientists have been awarded the 2018…

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Frequency Therapeutics Receives $2M Grant to Investigate Hearing Restoration for US Military

Biotech startup, Frequency Therapeutics, announced today that it has received a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Hearing and Balance Research Award grant. The $2 million dollar, peer-reviewed grant will be used to investigate the company’s unique Progenitor Cell Activation (PCA) approach to hearing restoration for military personnel with service-related hearing loss. Prevention of hearing loss…

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US Diplomat in China Reports Medical Symptoms Consistent with “Sonic Attack”

WASHINGTON, DC — A US government employee stationed in China has reported medical symptoms “entirely consistent” to those experienced last year by US diplomats stationed in Havana, Cuba. US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said the worker’s symptoms and reports of abnormal sensations of sound and pressure are “very similar” to the experience of US…

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Telehealth Services Lead to Improved Empowerment for CI Recipients

Adult cochlear implant (CI) recipients are known to require several hours of “face time” with an audiologist following surgical intervention. In addition to mapping the CI, audiologists spend a considerable amount of time on CI orientation, review of CI accessories and other important counseling-related activities. Unquestionably, these are vital components of follow-up care that lead…

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